Primary School Assessment Kit launched
IILT's Primary School Assessment Kit, which has been developed to assist primary schools and language support teachers in responding to the language needs of newcomer students was launched on the 22 April by the Minister for Integration, Conor Lenihan T.D.
Developed by Integrate Ireland Language and Training, in conjunction with language support teachers, each test has been piloted by some 50 language support teachers working in different parts of the country, as well as being examined within the Department by a specialist group led by the Department of Education and Science's Inspectorate.
The first test will allow teachers to identify the initial language proficiency of a child soon after he or she starts in school, in listening, speaking, reading and writing and plan the appropriate supports.
The follow on tests will monitor progress, identify strengths and weaknesses and highlight where language support must focus.
Speaking in Tallaght, Minister Lenihan said "these tests represent a significant development in supporting our teachers and schools to provide for the language needs of newcomer pupils, so that they can participate fully in mainstream learning as soon as possible and develop their full potential.
We are all aware of the excellent work being carried out by teachers and schools throughout the country, in developing intercultural school communities that are welcoming to newcomer pupils and their families and support them to integrate fully within their individual classes, their schools and their communities."
The language assessment tests will be distributed to every primary school in the country by the Department of Education and Science.