All pupils will study a foreign language for their Junior Cert in 4 years times, under ambitious new plans.
The aim is for Ireland to be within the top ten in Europe when it comes to foreign languages within a decade.
Right now we're at the bottom of the class at second level and barely on the chart at primary school.
But under new proposals to be announced later today, Education Minister Richard Bruton says all pupils will take a foreign language for the Junior Cert by 2021.
The idea is to is to have an extra 10% of pupils taking a foreign language for leaving cert, encouraging them to think beyond French.
Chinese will also be introduced as a leaving cert subject for the first time, and so-called heritage languages such as Polish, Lithuanian and Portuguese will get their own curriculum.
Admitting that there may not be enough teachers available to teach these subjects, Minister Bruton says an audit will be carried out to see what language skills teachers may have, with a bid to upskilling them.