Gaeilge is a core subject on the current Junior Certificate curriculum. Gaeilge is taught in a communicative manner with emphasis being placed on the key language skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking. All students (except those with an Irish language exemption) have 3 hours of Gaeilge per week.
Gaeilge is taught at a common level in first year with an aim of streaming for state examinations closer to the Junior Certificate. The current textbook in use is Iontas 1 by EDCO. Although this textbook is a focus for language learning, there are a wealth of Irish resources, activities, digital activities, and games that are regularly used in our Irish classroom. Students work both independently and in small groups based on the task requirements. Students also learn more about the Irish culture via Irish tours, Seachtain na Gaeilge and certain research projects. Students are encouraged to pursue a trip to the Gaeltacht region during their school years to help further improve their language skills in a fully immersive culture.
The new Junior Cycle Irish course will commence for in-coming first years from September 2017. This new course will place an emphasis on traditional Irish literature. Students will study poetry, songs, dramas, short films and short stories from a recommended list of texts and this will be incorporated into the new Irish Junior Cycle. Emphasis will still be placed on building students’ fluency levels via the key language learning skills.
As Gaeilge is a core subject, students will study this subject until their Leaving Certificate. Having a good command of the Irish language can open up many career opportunities, particularly in the fields of teaching, linguistics and public sector employment both in Ireland and abroad.
Websites that are of benefit to Gaeilge teaching and learning include: