MODERN LANGUAGES – Ella is our Teacher

In learning a modern language, you will begin to understand what you read and hear, and to talk and write in the language.

What will I learn in a modern language?

Some of the things you will learn include:

• how to speak in the language about yourself, your family and friends, your  hobbies, your school, etc. This will help you to talk to people who speak the  language

• the skills of listening to, reading and writing in the language

• the grammar of the language

• information about the countries where people speak the language, and their  way of life

Is learning a modern language anything like what I did in primary school?

You may have been learning English, Irish, or even a modern language already, so you already know a lot about learning how languages work. This will be of great help to you as you make comparisons between the languages. It may also help you to guess the meanings of words and phrases in the new language you are learning.

Will a modern language have anything to do with other subjects I will be studying?

Yes, it will. You will find links with History, Geography, other modern languages, English and Irish.

How will a modern language be useful to me?

You will find modern languages useful in your personal life for travelling and in many careers including tourism, catering, education, business and translation services.

Gerry is our SNA