Heritage language groups and classes database

Language Explorers – ITALIANO

Mother Tongues offre un ciclo di  lezioni in cui i bambini apprenderanno ad esprimersi, a leggere e a scrivere in italiano. 
Le lezioni sono per bambini che hanno appreso l’italiano in famiglia, quindi non sono idonee a bambini che apprendono l’italiano come seconda lingua.
L’obiettivo di questo corso è di affrontare tematiche multidisciplinari usando la lingua italiana e di rinforzare le competenze orali già sviluppate. 
Le classi hanno un numero massimo di 8 bambini per fare sì che ogni bambino possa seguire un percorso indicato per le proprie abilità e i propri interessi. Questo corso non può pertanto considerarsi equivalente ad una scuola di italiano in Italia. 
Playgroups in italiano sono disponibili per i bambini più piccoli.

Polish Saturday School 

The Polish Saturday School teaches Polish as a heritage language. It was established by the Polish Teachers Association in February 2010 as an initiative of parents and professional Polish teachers living in Dublin. 
Their main activity is promoting Polish language, culture and heritage within the Polish community living in Ireland and to teach Polish to children from Polish families.

Our teaching programme is based on the National Curriculum for the Supplementary Schools abroad designed by the Polish Department of Education.

Most lessons are purpose designed and use our own educational materials created by the teachers.
In 2018/2019 the school is managed by Tomasz Bastkowski (Principal) and Agnieszka Matys – Foley  (Educational  Manager and Deputy Principal)
Contact details: Agnieszka Matys e-mail: agnieszka.matys@szkolasen.com
A course Polish as foreign language age with elements of  culture for adults is also available.
REQUIREMENTS: To attend our school, very young children need to have at least a basic understanding of the spoken Polish language. The use of the language at home is recommended, so at least one parent needs to be Polish.

Dublin School of Mandarin Chinese

都柏林中文學校 Dublin School of Mandarin Chinese was founded in 2009 and has been approved as an Overseas Compatriot School by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan since 2011.  We welcome students from both primary and secondary schools who are interested in Chinese studies, learning Mandarin (AKA Chinese 國語, Huayu 華語, Hanyu 漢語, Zhongwen 中文, Putonghua 普通話), Chinese arts & crafts and Culture.  Our school is delighted to announce the support of the Overseas Community Affair Council, Taiwan for their sponsorship of our textbooks and workbooks.
Our aim is to encourage our next generation to develop an interest in language learning either is part of their heritage or as a second language.   Our Methods of teaching are through creative activities such as puppet shows, play, songs, games, story, videos, cultural element and ICT in the classroom to motivate and cultivate the ability to listen, to speak, to read and to type in Chinese.  We want to make it as much child/student centred as possible because each child is different as is their learning style.  
Our school is managed by Evan Furlong (Info@dsmc.biz) and we run two terms per year. Classes are on Saturday from 1-3 pm in Bray (North Wicklow Educate Together Secondary School), 14 weeks between Sept. to Dec. and 18 weeks between Jan. to May  


AMBI (Associação das Famílias Brasileiras na Irlanda) is a community group founded in 2010, aiming to support Brazilian citizens living in Ireland, disseminate Brazilian cultural heritage and strength the relationship between Ireland and Brazil.

AMBI’s activities are focused on:

1- Integrating the Brazilian community in Ireland.
2- Promoting the Portuguese language within the multicultural context, its connection with identity and culture itself, using the concept of Heritage Language.
3- Disseminating the Brazilian culture and arts in its multiple dimensions.

We deliver a range of services such as: Portuguese as Heritage Language classes for children, support to families in situation of vulnerability, social events, intergenerational and intercultural activities through the project “Brazil Clowning Project”, workshops in Brazilian Culture themes in schools and information sessions for Brazilians arriving in Ireland.

AMBI works in partnership with Dublin City Council, the Brazilian Embassy in Ireland, the Department of Justice, Cairde and the Immigrant Council of Ireland.


Fernanda Panitz – fernanda.panitz@ambiireland.ie
Helga Rohlfs – helga.rohlfs@ambiireland.ie
Marina Minussi – marina.minussi@ambiireland.ie
Valéria Aquino – valeria.aquino@ambiireland.ie

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ambiirlanda/

Email: info@ambiireland.ie

Czech School Dublin

Czech School Dublin, founded in 2014, is a non-profit organization based in Dublin offering courses of Czech language and cultural background for children from mixed marriages and Czech families living in Ireland. It is part of the Czech School Without Borders network and follows the Czech national curriculum.
In the current school year, bilingual and multilingual children who have Czech as one of their languages can attend the following courses: three pre-school groups (3 – 6 years), First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Eight class. The school also runs a school club as well as their own drama club.
Classes take place every Saturday in Ballyroan Community and Youth Centre and nearby Ballyroan Library in Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 (map)
School Fee: €12 per tuition payable in two instances (first and second term)
20% second child discount

From the first class up, the children need to have a good understanding and active knowledge of the Czech language in order to be able to follow the lessons. We also prepare children for the end of year exams in Czech public schools.

Facebook page
Email: ceskaskoladublin@gmail.com
Phone: Ivana Rocca Kovarova – pre-school (0877882867) and Petra Miletinova – school (0872959548)



FLAM Dublin, founded in 2015, is part of the FLAM network of 157 associations in 37 countries worldwide. Their goal is for francophone children to keep in touch with their mother tongue and have fun at the same time. Children come on Saturdays to play with each other and to enjoy activities proposed to them by our professional staff. Groups are heterogeneous for the older kids while groups for younger kids are more adapted to the child overall development stage.

FLAM staff:
Charlotte: french speech therapist
Vincent: teacher, artist and passionate about alternative teaching
Elizabeth: child care worker, Zumba instructor and so much more!

IN THE YEAR 2018/2019 the school is managed by Sophie Nicoullaud, President FLAM Dublin, atelierdefrancais.dublin@gmail.com, +353 85 70 47 290

FLAM offers activities all year long. All workshops are on Saturday. They follow the school calendar: all workshops start in September and finish late June. The subscription to the workshops is for the whole school calendar year.
During school holidays, FLAM offers holiday camps from 10 am to 3 pm (at an extra cost). 100% playtime guaranteed! Lunch included and prepared by the kids themselves (with supervision and guidance)

The FLAM associations are specifically made for francophone children who speak and understand French. French nationality is not a requirement but must be of French mother tongue.

FLAM Dublin
St Michael Community Centre off Bulfin Road,
Inchicore, D8

+353 85 70 4 7290


Le Club Français de Louth – Association FLAM – Dundalk, Co. Louth

Le Club de Français de Louth is an association whose purpose is to teach French to French-speaking children, ex-patriates or not, and with double nationality.

Le Club de Français de Louth (FLAM) offers activities in Dundalk (Co. Louth) every Saturday morning of the primary school year calendar. Regular presence is essential for language learning, and we strongly encourage students to attend all classes.



4 Vėjai

The 4 Vėjai was founded in Dublin in September 2004, by the Lithuanian Association in Ireland.
They started with 40 pupils of all ages and 4 teachers.
Now, they are very proud to announce that the school has three very busy branches.

4 Vėjai have two schools in Dublin and one in Drogheda.
These schools are attended by more than 400 pupils, who are supervised by more than 50 highly experienced and dedicated teachers. These also include such specialists, as a qualified child psychologist and also a speech therapist.
The 4 Vejai school is a community-based institution, which provides tuition in the Lithuanian language and culture, for children aged 4 to 18. This tuition takes place on Saturdays, from the start of September, till the end of May.
Graduate pupils are also given tuition to prepare them for the Leaving Certificate Lithuanian language exams. The school is also an active participant of the network of Lithuanian schools in
Ireland, which is united under the umbrella of “The Council of Lithuanian Schools”.
The highest attention in the schools is focused specifically on learning the Lithuanian language, as a basis of understanding pupils’ Lithuanian national identity.
Lessons in the Lithuanian language include: information on national traditions and festivals, the history of Lithuania and many other highly important national events.
Pupils in the classes use specialised textbooks provided by Lithuanian educational institutions.
Tuition is conducted according to the recommendations and guidelines of those specialised institutions, though widely adopted by our teachers, to conform to the levels and specific needs of each of the pupils who attend.
Pupils attend 4 hours of language classes every Saturday, followed by an additional hour of other activities, namely; singing, dancing, arts, performance, and so on, which pupils may or may not choose to attend.
Pupils attending this school come in with a wide range of proficiency in the Lithuanian language – from native speakers, who would like to expand and polish their knowledge, to non-speakers, who barely know any word in Lithuanian. Non-speakers are given specialised tuition, although the biggest boost to their knowledge comes from their integration into classes with their peers, giving the former a suitable environment to practice their language skills and catch-up with the latter through communication and collaboration amongst peers. This is supervised by our specialist teachers.
4 Vėjai’s mission is not only to teach children the Lithuanian language, but also to create a community of Lituanophones in Ireland, both children and grown-ups – to share their experience, impressions and interests, to communicate and collaborate, also to raise questions and find answers to those questions, to understand the world and of course, be a creative part of it.

Email: 4vejai@alb.ie,
School Director: Dr Arūnas Teišerskis.
The 3 branches are located in
1. Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 – Riversdale Community College, Blanchardstown Road North, D15.
2. Inchicore, Dublin 8 – Inchicore College of Further Education, Emmet Road, Dublin 8.
3. Drogheda – Drogheda Grammar School, Mornington Road, Drogheda, Co. Meath.

Russian Gymnasium

International educational centres “Russian Gymnasium” (RG) provide supplementary education in Russian for children aged between 2 and 12.  
The very first centre was founded in 2004 in London by Dr Julia Desyatnikova, a highly experienced psychologist. She hand-picked a group of scientists, academics, art professionals and talented students, all native Russian speakers, all of whom displayed a great passion for their subjects, along with enthusiasm to impart knowledge to children.
Additional educational centres have been opened since in several European capital cities, among them Paris, Brussels, Madrid, Budapest and others. 
Dublin branch opened doors in October 2018.
“Russian Gymnasium” promotes the belief that the teaching and learning process needs to be interactive; it is important that children enjoy their experiences at school, and that they are encouraged to explore ideas, question the arguments of others and express themselves with confidence.  This approach is critical to the success of any educational program and especially for bilingual children.  At Russian Gymnasium, they let them experience language in a variety of situations and acquire language naturally and spontaneously through exploring, thinking, communicating within a stimulating and nurturing environment created by their teachers. Their team is the core. Being well-educated, passionate and respectful, teachers work as a team to communicate their personalities, knowledge and values to children, so as to educate their minds as well as their hearts.  They give children more confidence, effectively build their self-esteem, develop a sense of social and emotional security together with academic abilities and intellectual thinking.
At Russian Gymnasium, they use a modern integrated approach to teaching languages via a wide variety of subjects, as a result of which language is naturally learned and processed. There are math, language, Science and Humanities, Music, Drama and Art. They timetable weekly lessons on Saturdays from 10 am till 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm for each respective age group.
All parents and carers are very welcome to contact the school to arrange an interview. Interview appointments can be arranged all year round on any Saturday (during term time only). It is necessary to contact the Russian Gymnasium in advance prior to visiting. 
083 479 34 36

Deutsch in Dublin

Deutsch in Dublin started in 2011 with one German for Juniors class (10 children) under the umbrella of ‘Language Safari’ in Rathmines. After a brief stint in the German Language Centre in Blackrock, Deutsch in Dublin’s classes became independent and were taught in Mount Merrion, Castleknock, Swords and Raheny. The Mount Merrion classes and their 50+ students were successfully transferred to the Goethe Institute in September 2018. Katrin Markham, who is running Deutsch in Dublin, is now teaching 85 children across three locations on Dublin’s Northside (Raheny, Castleknock and Swords). 
Deutsch in Dublin is successfully run by German teacher, linguist and translator Katrin Markham who holds a degree in Translation for English and Italian from Humboldt University in Berlin/Germany. Katrin qualified with the Goethe Institute in Munich/Germany in 2011, where she studied ‘German as a Foreign Language’ and ‘German in pre-primary and primary school education’. Katrin focuses on teaching German to 3 – 12-year-olds. In conjunction with Swords Educate Together National School, Katrin has been running a programme for 2nd classes to introduce German as a foreign language early on. 


St. Kilian’s German School

St. Kilian’s German School is a German/Irish Primary and Secondary School with a European culture and spirit, founded in 1952. We welcome girls and boys aged 4-18 of all nationalities, cultures and religions. While we follow the Irish curriculum (Junior and Leaving Certificate, taught through English) we place a strong emphasis on the German language and offer a parallel curriculum to those students able to pursue a course in a limited number of subjects through German. Knowledge of German is not a requirement for enrolment in our Kindergarten (Junior Infants), Primary School (classes 1-6) or 1st year of Secondary School.
We offer a diverse, inclusive yet challenging environment, enriched with a strong sense of Irish, German and European culture. We foster independence of thought, a love of learning, personal responsibility, confidence and integrity. Our aim is to enable all our students to fulfil their potential and to take their place in an ever-changing world.
 For more information please visit our website www.kilians.com or contact our Admissions Secretary on admissions@kilians.com

The Greek School of Ireland

The Greek School of Ireland it was founded in 2003 and is established by the Hellenic Community of Ireland (HCI). 
Aim of the school is to maintain the Greek language and the culture, customs and traditions of Greece and Cyprus. The School is managed by the board of HCI and is supported by the Ministry of Education in Greece. The Greek School of Ireland is exam centre for the Certificate of Attainment in Greek.
  • Classes for Kids (ages 4-18)
  • Adult Classes
  • Classes for families
  • Ancient Greek  – leaving Cert preparation classes
  • Modern Greek – leaving Cert preparation classes
All levels and ages are welcome.

Instituto Cervantes Dublin

Instituto Cervantes is the largest international Spanish teaching organization in the world, established by the Spanish government in 1991 to teach the Spanish language around the globe and to promote the Spanish and Latin American culture. 
The Kids & Teens program caters for children aged 3 to 16y.

Highly qualified native teachers hold advanced degrees in Spanish (Masters or Ph.D.) and are experienced professionals in child education. 
Instituto Cervantes will help your child learn Spanish by using a communicative and dynamic approach complemented with an extensive library and fun cultural activities. 
Instituto Cervantes Dublin is located in the heart of Dublin at Lincoln House, Lincon Place, Dublin 2, just between Trinity College Dublin and the National Gallery.

  • Small classes: 5 to 15 students maximum.
  • Highly qualified native language teachers.
  • The most current teaching methods and technology to stimulate and motivate your child to learn Spanish.
  • Modern, state-of-the-art classrooms and an extensive academic library.
  • Individual attention to the individual language and learning needs of your child.
  • Creative lessons which are fun, interesting, interactive and challenging.
  • Your child will gain Spanish language proficiency and skills that will also support his comprehension of English grammar.
  • Interactive, fun and creative classes.
  • The curriculum fulfils the European standards for language learning (CEFR).


Pre-school and Junior Infants 
Senior Infants, 1st Class, 2nd Class 
3rd & 4th Class 
5th & 6th Class 


Check the website for details: https://dublin.cervantes.es

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