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Advising Students

For the majority of non-English speaking students, the greatest challenge that they face in school is accessing the subject learning that is critical for their educational achievement.

This website is intended to support teachers in making subject learning more accessible to their students. Therefore it is presented by subject and topic.

The organisation of the units allows students, in turn, to organise their learning so that they can draw the best possible benefit from it.


  • Students should bring the relevant textbooks to language support class.
  • Students are encouraged to get a personal ring binder exclusively for their English language learning and divide it according to the subjects they are learning in the mainstream.


  • When introducing a new unit (topic) distribute:
    • Keyword list
    • Learning Record
    • Vocabulary File
  • Students should:
  • Use the Keyword List for reference when working on this unit
  • Record their progress through the unit on the Learning File
  • Gradually develop the Vocabulary File and, in addition, a personal dictionary with different categories of vocabulary.

pdf download Record of Learning - Junior Cert

pdf download Record of Learning - Leaving Cert

The Record of Learning is to be handed out with each Language Support Activity Unit.  Students use this checklist to monitor their own work and to promote a feeling of progression.  Students chose which box to tick/date according to how capable they feel:

*     if you can do this with a lot of help (e.g. from your teacher) date the first box;
**   if you can do it with a little help date the second box;
***  if you can do it on your own date the last box.


We have also provided a Record of Self-study for students and you should bring it to your students’ attention

pdf download Record of Self-study

  • Any other work produced for this unit should be filed after these.
  • Students should be encouraged to refer to their files when in mainstream learning or when doing homework.

The following prompts are provided throughout the units to remind students.

MCj04348670000[1]  Get your teacher to check this, then file it in your folder so you can use it in the future. 


Text Box:    Have you ticked  this activity on your  Learning Record?





 MCj04134600000[1] Check that all the keywords you used are in your personal dictionary.



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We are delighted to host the Toolkit for Diversity in Post Primary Schools which aims to help schools create and sustain a welcoming and inclusive environment for students and parents from all backgrounds and ensure equal success for all.

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whole school approaches


english language award The ELSP won the 2009 European Award for Languages - click here for details

Jury's comments "Feedback from involved teachers very positive about motivation of students and this is motivating for teachers...Very impressed with project...Valuable idea transferable to e.g. Gaelscoileanna."

Remember, these units are further supplemented with a wide range of appropriate language learning and self-study activities suitable for post-primary students to do individually, in pairs or in small groups.
We again acknowledge Gill & Macmillan for their permission to reproduce certain short texts in some of these Units.


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English Language Support Programme, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland

The English Language Support Programme is part of the Trinity Immigration Initiative (funded by AIB)