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 aswell as videos and CDs; your written skills through writing in Irish, and your reading skills through reading passages, poems and stories written in Irish.

How will I learn Irish in school?

Some of the things you may do with your teacher and your classmates are:

• make use of the Irish language you already have
• participate in “Seachtain na Gaeilge” events
• use Irish textbooks and dictionaries, as well as other resources
• use ICT software and the internet to develop your language skills
• work in pairs and/or in groups.

How can I learn more about Irish outside of school?

Some of the things you may do are:

• speak Irish in class, in school and outside of school too
• watch programmes through Irish on TG4
• listen to some radio programmes presented in Irish
• use the internet to look up websites written in Irish
• attend an Irish language summer college
• get to know Irish words and phrases by looking at street signs.

How will I know how I am getting on?

Your teacher will let you know:
• what you have done well
• how you can improve your work
• the areas that need attention.

Other things you may do are:

• ask your friend to have a look at your work
• discuss the classwork with your friend
• look back over your work and see how you can improve it yourself.

What is the Junior Certificate Irish exam like?

For a more detailed description, please see the school Irish website

The Junior Certificate Irish exam is examined in two (or three ways):

• an aural exam - you will listen to a CD and answer questions based
on what you hear
• a written exam - you will answer questions about what you have studied
• an oral exam(optional) - this consists of a conversation between you
and your examiner.

You can take the exam at Higher or Ordinary level. When the time comes
to decide, your teacher will help you choose the level that suits you

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. In fact, we have yet
to meet someone in the last ten years with fluent Irish who hasn't got
a job.

* Source NCCA website.

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