Fáilte cairde! Féach cad a fhoghlaimfidh sibh sa chúrsa seo. San alt seo, féachfaimid ar a bhfuil sibh ag foghlaim sna trí bliana amach romhainn.

Welcome friends, let's look at what you are going to learn in this course. In this article, we will look at what you are going to learn over the next three years.

“Tús maith leath na hoibre” - “A good start is half the work.” - Irish motivation.

The above quote is true, although nobody knows where came from, it's one of the many Irish sayings that I've been passed down by generations. And starting strong really is half the work, if you start with the determination that you will do well in this Irish course, you will. After all Irish, as Gaeilge, is the same as any other language, if you want to learn it you will, you just have to be persistent.

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Junior Cycle Irish Curriculum

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There are two different Irish Curriculums, one for Irish as a first language the other for Irish as a second language - Photo by K. Mitch Hodge on Unsplash.

Junior Cycle Irish Curriculum

There are actually two junior cycle curriculums for Irish. These are referred to as L1 and L2.

L1 is taught in Irish-medium schools, meaning it is for students whose primary language is Irish. This specification is aimed at native speakers and learners of Irish in Gaeltacht schools. These schools have a diverse linguistic landscape. Irish-medium schools (L1 schools) provide for students from diverse linguistic backgrounds, native speakers and learners of Irish; those whose main language at home is Irish, those who come from bilingual homes.

Whereas L2 is taught in English-medium schools. In these schools, the English language is the working language of the school and Irish is taught as a subject. The different language backgrounds of students who attend English-medium schools are recognised, including those whose primary language at home is English and those who speak English and/or another language at home.

As you've probably noticed, L1 schools already have lots of experience in Irish. So let's take a look at the differences between the two courses.

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Junior Cycle Irish in Irish-medium Schools

The aim of Junior Cycle Irish in Irish-medium Schools is to enable students to:

  • Improve language skills
  • Enrich language and cultural awareness and awareness of self as a language learner
  • Expand and enrich vocabulary
  • Differentiate between dialects (outside of own dialect)
  • Focus on language as a system, i.e. understand language patterns
  • Understand various language registers.

It is expected that these competencies and understandings would support native Irish speakers to:

  • Take advantage of opportunities for language use in the community
  • Learn through Irish across the curriculum
  • Play an active part in Gaeltacht community life
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How Junior cycle Irish is taught in Irish medium schools

The course for junior cycle Irish in Irish medium schools is split into three strands over three years:

  1. Strand 1: Communicative competence. The Communicative competence strand is the main strand of the course in which students will deepen and enrich their communicative competence and language skills. As their language and cultural awareness grow and as they develop self-awareness as learners in relation to this, their effectiveness as communicators and language users is greatly enhanced. Communicative competence consists of student ability in the following five skills: listening, reading, spoken production, spoken interaction, and writing. These are skills required to communicate with other users of the language.
  2. Strand 2: Language and cultural awareness. This strand involves students’ understanding of and reflection on 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 the accurate and precise acquisition of the language. Students work from their existing knowledge of the language and focus on accuracy and richness.
  3. Strand 3: Learner’s self-awareness. This strand 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. This helps them greatly in making the necessary progress.

In first year, the foundation will be set for exploring literature in the second and third years. Students will explore texts from a variety of genres: poetry/song, drama, short films, novels, and short stories. One text from each genre should be explored in the first year.

A recommended list of texts will be provided.

Particular emphasis will also be placed on the exploration of local literature/oral literature. A minimum of three pieces of local/oral literature should be explored in the first year.

Second and third-year students will explore novels, poetry, short stories, short films and
plays and texts will be chosen from a list of possibilities, choosing a minimum of

  • 2 novels
  • 1 (complete) play
  • 10 poems/songs
  • Some short stories (at least 2 short stories)
  • Some short films (at least 2 short films).
  • 5 items of local/oral literature

Junior Cycle Irish in English-medium Schools

The aim of Junior Cycle Irish in English-medium Schools is to enable students to:

  • To find other opportunities to use the language
  • To discover accurate and genuine language samples/input
  • Learn to participate in the Irish language community
  • Learn to appreciate Irish and have a desire both to speak it and use it
  • To gain a better understanding of Irish culture and have respect and understanding for other cultures and languages.

The course for junior cycle Irish in English-medium schools is split into three strands over three years:

  1. Strand 1: Communicative Competence which is also the main strand. Communicative competence consists of students’ ability in the following five skills:
    • listening
    • reading
    • spoken production
    • spoken interaction
    • writing
  2. Strand 2: Language and cultural awareness. Language awareness 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 the accurate and precise acquisition of the language.
  3. Strand 3: Learner’s self-awareness refers to students’ self-awareness as language learners. Students have language learning strategies available to them that will help them overcome difficulties and challenges and help them facilitate learning.

First year will set the foundation for learning literature in second and third year. Students will sample from the following genres:

  • short films
  • short stories
  • poetry
  • songs

Students must study a minimum of two short films and four texts from the three genres.

Second and third-year students will choose texts to study in the following genres:

Over the two years, the following must be chosen at a minimum:

  • 2 short stories
  • 1 play (complete)
  • 5 poems/songs
  • 1 novel (complete) higher level only*

As you can see there is quite a difference between the type of Irish thought at junior cycle in L1 and L2 schools. I don't worry no matter which school you're in, there is help available to you throughout the junior cycle Irish course.

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Help With Junior Cycle Irish

Whatever level you study Irish at and whether it's in a L1 or L2 school there is help out there to ensure you achieve your best possible grades.

In a lot of cases, your school may offer revision classes or courses during the Easter or summer breaks for the junior cycle. Revision courses like these usually run over one or two weeks, with one day allocated to each subject, a crash course in each to be more specific. For people who are only in need of a little bit of help one whole intensive day of study and notes can be enough.

However, for people who are struggling a little bit more, I would definitely recommend trying some one to one tuition.

At Superprof there are several tutors offering grinds in both Ordinary and Higher Level Irish.

You can choose your tutor from a large selection, you can also pick times that suit you and take as many or as few revision/preparation classes as you need. No matter what the subject, if you choose to take grinds with Superprof, you will see they are affordable, as they start from just €10 and they are flexible, which makes them super convenient!

It's really simple all you have to do is go to the homepage select your subject and your location and a list of all the possible grains teachers for your subjects and their prices will pop up. What makes this even more affordable is that in a lot of cases the first lesson is free.

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Maureen

Hey, I'm Maur/Mo, I'm a writer from Ireland. I've written a novel and a lot of poetry and fiction. Currently, I work as a content writer at superprof