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Irish

Irish is our country’s native language and is viewed as more than a subject in the school.  The school places heavy emphasis on the subject with annual trips to the gaeltacht, school participation in the Gaelbhratach scheme with Conradh na Gaeilge and a Cumann Gaelach that meets weekly and provides an opportunity for students of all levels to go and practice their Irish in a relaxed and enjoyable environment.        

Jan June2013

Jan June 2013

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, translation services and much more.

Senior Cycle - Irish

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.

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.

Ardleibhéal/Higher Level

The course is taught in conjunction with the four main skills of learning a language: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

(i)  Béaltriail (The Oral exam) is an important part of the exam 240 mks (40%) from 2012 onwards).

To view the set of twenty picture sequences  which will be used in the 2013 Oral Irish Examination (Higher and Ordinary Level) Click here.

(ii)  The Aural/listening exam. 60 mks (10%)

(iii)  There are two written papers.  300 mks (50%)

Paper one - 100mks

A) Composition Section with a choice from the following: Write either an essay, a story, an article for a newspaper or a debate/speech.

B) Two reading comprehensions usually connected to cultural affairs, famous people, current affairs, etc.

Paper Two - 200mks

This firstly consists of questions on compulsory prose and poetry. There are four stories and one film/drama on the prose course which are also on the ordinary level paper.

There is a question on a theme or character or an aspect of the story or film.

There are five poems printed on the paper. These poems are also on the ordinary level paper but the standard of answering expected is more detailed. There are eight additional higher level poems on the course.

Drama/Biography/short stories/béaloideas

The candidate is required to write about an Irish language drama that they have studied

Also, the student must answer a question on the History of the Irish language and literature.

Students attempting Higher level are advised to go to the Ghaeltacht.

Gnáthleibhéal/Ordinary Level

Last year over 23,000 students sat the ordinary level paper.

(i) Béaltriail: The Oral exam is an important part of the exam. 240 mks (40%) (From 2012 onwards)

To view the set of twenty picture sequences  which will be used in the 2013 Oral Irish Examination (Higher and Ordinary Level) Click here.

(ii) The Aural/listening exam. 60 mks (10%)

(iii) There are two written papers - P 1:100 mks P2 200mks (50%)

Paper one – 100 mks

A Written Composition Section with a choice out of the following:

Write a letter, conversation, story or a paragraph. Usually the letter and paragraph options are topics that are prepared also for the Oral exam.

There are also two reading comprehensions, one usually about a famous person and the other about something to do with young people, current affairs etc.

Paper Two - 200 mks

This firstly consists of questions on compulsory prose and poetry. There are four stories and one film/drama on the prose course.

Students are required to know a summary of the story/film and also discuss a theme or character. They must answer two questions and there is a choice between two in each case.

Three out of the five poems are printed on the paper. Students must answer two questions on the poems. The questions are generally about a theme, a feeling, an explanation of a line or did you enjoy the poem, etc.

Bunleibhéal/Foundation Level.

Last year nearly 4,000 students sat the foundation level paper. The main part of this course is Listening and speaking. There is one written paper only and this is very similar to Junior Cert Ordinary level consisting mostly of reading comprehension. There are no prescribed prose or poetry sections in this course. However students may be asked questions about an unseen poem.

 

 

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