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In Brief...

Prepares lessons and teaches foreign languages to students in a variety of settings.

In Summary - Teacher - Languages

Career Sectors

Teacher - Languagess typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Post Primary Education
Education & Teaching
History, Culture & Languages
History, Culture & Languages

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Elaine Ni Bhraonáin, Irish Instructor

Elaine has a Degree in Modern Irish from UCD and teaches Irish in New York as well as writing a weekly bilingual column in the Irish Echo.

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Further Information

The Work - Teacher - Languages

Teaching languages is about sharing your passion and enthusiasm for the subject and making the learning relevant and exciting for your students.

A wide range of opportunities exist for teaching languages, whether its our native 'Gaeilge', or Modern Foreign Language (MFL) Teaching. The increased focus on languages in both the primary and the secondary level school system means that, as well as Irish and the main European languages traditionally taught in schools in Ireland (French, German and Spanish), a wide range of other foreign languages are now being taught in secondary schools around the country including Italian, Russian, Arabic, Japanese, and Mandarin.

Opportunities also exist in private sector language schools for teaching adult education and leisure classes in Modern Foreign Languages to both groups and individuals. For example, the Alliance Francaise offers a wide range of summer courses, short courses, introductory and refresher courses for all age groups interested in learning French, as does the Goethe Institute for those learning German.

Interesting career and cultural opportunities also present themselves, such as teaching Irish to Irish people who are living or working abroad [see our video with Irish Instructor Elaine Ní Bhraonáin].

Alternative career opportunities for those intersted in Languages include Interpretor and Translator. The EU career opporunities in these ares are extensive.



Interests - Teacher - Languages

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:


The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.


The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.


Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.


Teachers have the power to inspire their students and to motivate them - a wide range of skills are required to meet the challenges that present in this role.

In addition to having a solid understanding of their subject area and a mastery of core teaching skills, teachers need to be resourceful, flexible, patient, and fair. They should be effective communicators, be able to explain concepts thoroughly, and answer students' questions accurately. 



Entry Requirements - Teacher - Languages

In the formal school system, teachers are required to deliver the curriculum that is agreed at national level by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. Those planning to teach in a formal school setting must meet certain requiremnts.

For example:

The following are the requirements set-out by the Teaching Council for recgnition to teach French in a Secondary School in Ireland:

1. (a) Applicants must hold a degree-level qualification, with French studied up to and including third-year level or higher (or modular equivalent).

(b) The qualifying degree must be equivalent to at least Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and with a minimum pass1 result in all examinations pertinent to the subject of French.

(c) The qualifying degree must carry at least 180 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits (or equivalent) with the specific study of French comprising at least 60 ECTS credits (or equivalent) and with not less than 10 ECTS credits (or equivalent) studied at third-year level or higher (or modular equivalent).

2. The study of French during the degree must show that the holder has acquired sufficient knowledge, skills and understanding to teach the French syllabus2 to the highest level in post-primary education (see www.curriculumonline.ie). To meet this requirement the degree must include:

(a) French Language Studies and

(b) French Literature The degree must incorporate the study of Literature through the medium of French, comprising at least 15 ECTS credits and should incorporate the study of at least two of the following areas:

i. Drama

ii. Poetry

iii. Fiction

iv. Media/Film Studies or Communications

v. History of Ideas (Philosophical works in French).

3. Applicants must have verifiable residential experience of at least two months in France or a country where French is the vernacular (spoken language).

4. Applicants must provide evidence of linguistic competence in the language. This can be demonstrated by:

(a) Applicants for whom the language is their mother tongue Or

(b) Providing evidence of achieving a minimum level of B2.2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (or equivalent) from the higher education institution where the qualification was completed. Alternatively applicants can provide certification of successful completion of an independent language competency test.

5. Applicants must also have completed a programme of post-primary initial teacher education (age range 12-18 years) carrying a minimum of 120 ECTS credits (or equivalent)

Note: These requirements apply to persons applying for registration on and after 1 January 2017.

Click here for qualification details for the teaching other languages and  subject areas.

Last Updated: November, 2016

Pay & Salary - Teacher - Languages

Labour Market Updates - Teacher - Languages

It is proving difficult to source qualified teachers for certain key subjects (e.g. foreign languages, science). Changes in government policy in relation to the introduction of other subjects (such as career guidance) will require the sourcing of teachers with the required specific skills. Demand for secondary teachers is expected to continue in the medium term due to demographic factors.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

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