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Junior Cycle - Gaeilge

Subject Group: Humanities
These subjects explore the ways in which humans live and communicate in the world. Human life is examined by looking at our past, our present and into our future. These subjects help people to express themselves clearly and develop their reasoning ability.

Brief Description:

The aim of Junior Certificate Irish 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.

How will Gaeilge 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.

Students enterting first year in 2017 will study an updated Gaeilge curriculum.

The course consists of three main strands:

Communicative Competence: This strand encourages students to deepen and enrich their competence and language skills. As their language and cultural awareness grows and as they develop self-awareness in relation to this as learners, their effectiveness as communicators and language users is greatly enhanced.

Language and Cultural Awareness: This strand involves students' understanding and reflection of how Irish works as a language of communication. This awareness inspires students' curiosity in relation to the system and style of the language and encourages accurate and precise acquisition of the language.

Learner's Self-Awareness: Learner’s self-awareness refers to students’ self-awareness as language learners. Each language learner is different and by emphasising self-awareness in learning a language, students concentrate on individual style and their own individual attributes as language learners.

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