The aim of Junior Cycle 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 podcasts; your written skills through writing in Irish, and your reading skills through reading passages, poems and stories written in Irish.

There are 2 x CBAs (Classroom Based Assessments) and an Assessment Task.


What will I learn 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.


Is learning Irish anything like what I did in primary school?

Of course learning Irish is similar to what you have already learned. You will build on the many activities you have carried out in primary school such as creative writing, talking‘as Gaeilge’ in pairs and in groups, listening to radio clips, watching TV clips and reading from a range of Irish poems and stories. All of the Irish you have learned so far will be of great help to you in Junior Cycle Irish.


Will Irish have anything to do with other subjects I will be studying?

Without a doubt! You will notice links between Irish and subjects such as History, Music, Geography, CSPE, English, Modern Languages, and SPHE.


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.






Peer Teaching & Letter Writing in Irish