English Language Support Programme (Trinity Immigration Initiative)
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The term “newcomer student” is defined in the Intercultural Guidelines provided by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA, 2005: 169) as: “Students who arrive into a classroom from a country or background that is different from that of the majority of children in the classroom.”  This, as some teachers point out, is a problematic definition since some classrooms have a majority of ESL students.
Newcomer students fall into a number of different categories:

  1. EEA citizens and their children (EEA – the European Economic Area – consists of the 25 member states of the EU, as well as Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.  Though not officially part of the EEA, Switzerland is sometimes thought to be part. 
  2. The children of work permit holders from outside of the EEA, who are most likely engaged in 3D work, namely “dirty, dangerous and difficult” (Pobal, 2006: 10);
  3. Irish born children of non-national parents (whether under jus solis or - since 2004 - jus sanguinis rights);
  4. The children of asylum seekers and refugees; and
Separated children (unaccompanied minors) – young people under the age of 18 who seek asylum in their own right but have no accompanying adult parent figure.
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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)