Languages in Northern Ireland Education: A Brief Overview


  • Eugene McKendry QUB



Language Education Policy, Northern Ireland


This article reviews some relevant aspects of modern foreign language education policy and provision in Northern Ireland, as presented at the conference organised by the Queen’s University of Belfast under the auspices of the Standing Conference on Teacher Education, North and South (SCoTENS)1. It explores some key shifts in uptake and considers the policy implications of such shifts over the past several decades.

Author Biography

Eugene McKendry, QUB

Eugene McKendry recently retired as a Lecturer in Education at the Queen’s University of Belfast, where he coordinated the Modern Languages PGCE programme. He is the former Director of the Northern Ireland Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research (NICILT). His research interests include Irish language and literature, language learning and acquisition, language policy, language teaching, and immersion education. He has been involved in various international research projects and coordinated the European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme’s CRAMLAP project on regional and minority languages in Higher Education in Europe.




How to Cite

McKendry, E. (2018). Languages in Northern Ireland Education: A Brief Overview. TEANGA, the Journal of the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics, 24, 91–98.