“Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam”…..

Tógann Gaeilge an Teastais Shóisearaigh ar an bhforbairt teanga a tharlaíonn i rith na bunscolaíochta. Déantar treisiú ar stór focal an fhoghlaimeora agus ar na scileanna go léir teanga (an éisteacht, an labhairt, an léitheoireacht agus an scríbhneoireacht) a forbraíodh cheana, agus cuirtear leo. Chomh maith leis sin cuirtear le feasacht chultúrtha an fhoghlaimeora le linn trí bliana na sraithe sóisearaí. 

 Faoi láthair tá aon siollabas amháin ann don Ghaeilge sa tsraith shóisearach, agus is féidir leis an iarrthóir tabhairt faoi scrúdú na Gaeilge ag ceann amháin de thrí leibhéal .i. an Bonnleibhéal, an Gnáthleibhéal agus an tArdleibhéal. Is féidir tabhairt faoi bhéaltriail roghnach, ar luach 40% den fhormharc í, mar chuid den mheasúnú seo. Ag an Ardleibhéal amháin caitear staidéar a dhéanamh ar roinnt téacsanna liteartha a roghnaíonn an scoil, bunaithe ar chritéir áirithe. Ní gá staidéar a dhéanamh ar an litríocht chruthaitheach don mheasúnú ag an dá leibhéal eile, ach moltar a leithéid a úsáid ar mhaithe le forbairt teanga a chur chun cinn. Mar a théann an seanfhocal “Beatha teanga í a labhairt”.

Junior Certificate Irish builds upon the language developed during primary education. The learner’s vocabulary is both reinforced and enriched at this stage and the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) are further developed. In addition, the learner’s linguistic and cultural awareness are expanded over the three years of junior cycle. 

There is currently one Irish syllabus at junior cycle, and a candidate may take the examination at one of three levels - Foundation Level, Ordinary Level or Higher Level. An optional school-based oral examination worth 40% of the overall marks is offered at all three levels. Literary works, chosen by the school and based on certain criteria must be studied at higher level only, but the study of appropriate literary works to promote language development is also encouraged at the two other levels. 

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.

 

How will I learn Irish in school?

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

  • Participate in cultural activities such as singing, dancing and drama

  • 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 in

  • 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 class – work with your friend

  • Look back over your work and see how you can improve it yourself.

 

What is the Junior Certificate Irish exam like?

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

  • An aural exam-you will listen to a tape / 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, Ordinary or Foundation level. When the time comes to decide, your teacher will help you choose the level that suits you best.

 

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.

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 the Irish you have learned so far will be of great help to you in Junior Certificate 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

 

Will Irish be very different after the Junior Certificate?

You will continue to develop the language skills and add to the Irish that you have learned in the junior cycle. You will study more literature (stories and poems).

 

Useful Irish websites available are:

www.examinations.ie

www.tearma.ie

www.focal.ie

www.teanglann.ie

www.tuairisc.ie

www.foinse.ie

www.tg4.ie/foghlaim

 

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