The aim of Irish language learning is to improve your ability to communicate through Irish.You will focus on improving your language skills through concentrating on four areas; your spoken language through speaking; your listening skills through listening to others, CDs and tapes; your written skills through writing in Irish, and your reading skills through reading passages, poems and stories written in Irish.

Some of the things you will learn include:

  • how to develop your skills of
  • communication through Irish how to use the Irish that you already have and add to it!
  • how to develop your skills in listening, reading, and speaking in Irish
  • how to write letters, postcards, essays, and stories in Irish

How will I learn Irish in school?

Some of the things you may do with your teacher and your classmates are:

  • participate in cultural activities such as singing, dancing and drama
  • make use of the Irish language you already have
  • participate in Seachtain na Gaeilge events
  • Use Irish textbooks and dictionaries, as well as other resources
  • use ICT software and the internet to develop your language skills
  • work in pairs and/or in groups.

How can I learn more about Irish outside of school?

Some of the things you may encourage are:

  • speak Irish in class, in school and outside of school too!
  • watch programmes through Irish on TG4
  • listen to some radio programmes presented in Irish
  • use the internet to look up websites written in Irish
  • attend an Irish language summer college
  • get to know Irish words and phrases by looking at street signs.

What is the Junior Certificate Irish exam like?

The Junior Certificate Irish exam is examined in two (or three ways):

  • an aural exam – you will listen to a tape/CD and answer
  • questions based on what you hear
  • a written exam – you will answer questions
  • about what you have studied
  • an oral exam (optional) – this consists of a conversation between you and your examiner.

You can take the exam at Higher, Ordinary or Foundation level. When the time comes to decide, your teacher will help you choose the level that suits you best.

How will Irish be useful to me?

You will have the advantage of being bilingual. Irish is one of our official languages as well as being an official language of the European Union.

Careers in which you may develop and use your Irish language skills include; teaching, working as civil servants, careers in business, law, and communication, and translation services.

Will Irish be very different after the Junior Certificate?

You will continue to develop the language skills and add to the Irish that you have learned in the junior cycle.You will study more literature (stories and poems).

Gaeilge at Leaving Cert level

Leaving Certificate Irish builds upon the language developed during Junior Cycle. All four language skills are further developed in order to enable the learner take an active part in the bilingual society in which we live in today in Ireland. The learner is encouraged to develop and share her/his views on a range of topics. The learner is also prepared during Senior Cycle for further study in or through Irish.

Irish is assessed at three levels i.e. Foundation Level, Ordinary Level or Higher Level. The learners oral competency is assessed around Easter of the final year, in an oral examination worth 40%, at each level, of the overall mark, and the other three skills are assessed in June. Aspects of literary works must be studied at Ordinary Level while at Higher Level these same works and additional material must be studied in greater detail. At Higher Level, where higher order thinking is required, it is continually developed during class for example, understanding, analysing, evaluation, and implementation.

Transition Year Irish

T.Y. students are divided into three groups which rotate during the year so that each group has a 10 week block of Gaeilge. This is timetabled three times a week for three forty minute periods.

The Irish module changes from year to year, some of the areas the students explore are as follows:

  • Cult na Gaeilge
  • Teicneolaiocht na Gaeilge
  • Dramaiocht
  • Turas go dti na hOileain Árann
  • Imeachtai