Irish

Irish

Fearadh na Fáilte go Roinn na Gaeilge!

The Irish Department in St Mary’s is a thriving and highly successful Modern Language Department. The study of Irish is offered to all students from Years 8-14 through an inter-active, stimulating and challenging programme of language, literature and culture. Formal learning is complemented by a range of extra-curricular activities which promote the enjoyment and application of the language.


Pupils are entered for Feiseanna, quizzes, debates and Gaeltacht scholarship competitions on a regular basis and it is the Department’s aim to encourage students to develop a love for and pride in the culture and language. Students are also encouraged to use Irish as a means of communication as often as possible and to visit the Gaeltacht.

 

Career Opportunities:

Being bilingual is an undisputed advantage in all walks of life. The following list is of just some of the employment sectors in which Irish speakers have forged careers: Civil Service, European Union, Broadcasting, Cultural Tourism, Irish language Organisations, Performing Arts, Education, Voluntary Organisations, Heritage, Journalism, Business

 

Teaching Staff:

  • Mr M Greene (HOD)
  • Mr R Herron

 

Qualifications/Boards Offered:

(Brief outline)
  • CCEA GCSE Irish
  • CCEA GCSE Gaeilge
  • CCEA GCE AS
  • CCEA GCE A2 Irish

 

 

Irish

Topics Include:
Greetings, Myself, My Family & Friends, The Weather, School, Time, Days, Months, Seasons, Pastimes, House, Shopping, Food & Drink, Health, Parts of the Body, Environment, Occupations, Holidays, An Ghaeltacht.

* The Silver Fáinne is awarding during Year 9 to pupils who show proficiency in the Speaking elements of course to that point.


Gaeilge (KS3 Irish-medium)

I measc na dtoipicí tá:
Forbairt Pearsanta, An tOideachas, Gnó as Gaeilge, Sláinte, Taisteal & Turasóireacht, An Ghaeilge & An Dátheangthas, Teilifís & Fógraíocht, An Timpeallacht, Úrscéalta, Dánta

* Bronnfar Fáinne Óir ar dhaltaí i mbliain 9 a dtig leo cumas líofachta a chur in iúl sna hábhair thuas luaite.

 

Head Of Department:

Mr M Greene

Course Outline:

The first year course is designed to introduce pupils to Irish and to develop their skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing in the language. The emphasis, especially in the first term, will be very much on Listening and Speaking.

Assesment:

There will be an assessment in each of the four skill areas – Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing on completion of each of the 6 units of study. Pupils’ work is regularly assessed on an informal basis, through frequent questioning, the monitoring of the quality of their homework and classwork, and also using peer-assessment and self-evaluation. The summer exam will be a cumulative assessment of the year’s work.

Study/Homework Requirements:

Homework will generally be oral - at least two per week - and it would be of considerable benefit to your son if you could encourage him to practise what he has learned for 5-10 minutes every night. He will have a book for vocabulary and homework and it is important to check these regularly, sign written homework and encourage good presentation.

Key Points To Success:

  • A willingness and enthusiasm to become involved in class activities is essential. Pupils will be asked to learn a great deal of vocabulary and everyday phrases and this will require regular and frequent revision and practice.
  • It is of great importance that your son enjoys and feels confident in learning Irish, so he should be encouraged at all times to be thorough in his work and not to hesitate to ask questions in class if the need arises.
  • Attendance at a Gaeltacht course in the summer, while not at all compulsory, is a proven road to success in learning Irish.

 

Head Of Department:

Mr M Greene

Course Outline:

The first year course is designed to introduce pupils to Irish and to develop their skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing in the language. The emphasis, especially in the first term, will be very much on Listening and Speaking.

Assesment:

There will be an assessment in each of the four skill areas – Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing on completion of each of the 6 units of study. Pupils’ work is regularly assessed on an informal basis, through frequent questioning, the monitoring of the quality of their homework and classwork, and also using peer-assessment and self-evaluation. The summer exam will be a cumulative assessment of the year’s work.

Study/Homework Requirements:

Homework will generally be oral - at least two per week - and it would be of considerable benefit to your son if you could encourage him to practise what he has learned for 5-10 minutes every night. He will have a book for vocabulary and homework and it is important to check these regularly, sign written homework and encourage good presentation.

Key Points To Success:

  • A willingness and enthusiasm to become involved in class activities is essential. Pupils will be asked to learn a great deal of vocabulary and everyday phrases and this will require regular and frequent revision and practice.
  • It is of great importance that your son enjoys and feels confident in learning Irish, so he should be encouraged at all times to be thorough in his work and not to hesitate to ask questions in class if the need arises.
  • Attendance at a Gaeltacht course in the summer, while not at all compulsory, is a proven road to success in learning Irish.

 

GCSE Irish:

Controlled Assessment:
  • Speaking (30%)
  • Writing (30%)

External Assessment:
  • Reading (20%)
  • Listening (20%)

Relationships; Local environment; Activities; Health and lifestyle; Social issues; Travel and tourism; Environmental issues; Media and communications; Celebrations; An Ghaeltacht; School life; Part-time jobs; Future plans

GCSE Gaeilge:

Controlled Assessment:
  • Listening & Speaking (30%)
  • Reading & Writing (30%)

External Assessment:
  • Reading (20%)
  • Writing (20%)

Cúrsaí Oideachais, Saol an Teaghlaigh , Forbairt Pearsanta, Fadhbanna Timpeallachta, Slite Beatha, na Meáin Chumarsáide, an Ghaeltacht agus na Coláistí Samhraidh, Úrscéalta, Gearrscéalta, Dánta, an Traidisiún Béil.

Aims:

  • develop a positive attitude towards the Irish language and its associated culture and literature;
  • make informed decisions about their career choices;
  • become effective and accurate users of Irish;
  • enhance the wide range of Irish language skills they have acquired in Irish-medium education;
  • derive enjoyment and benefit from language learning;
  • be effective members of their community, including the Irish language community.

This Course Is Suitable If:

you have a background in Irish-medium education and you have worked hard to keep up your Irish both inside and outside school.

What Will I Study?

Year 11 Topics:
Mé féin, saol an teaghlaigh, caitheamh aimsire, saol na scoile / brú, céisteanna pearsanta (fadhbanna), fadhbanna sóisialta agus an ciníochas, fadhbanna timpeallachta (truailliú agus atchúrsáil), filíocht, gearrscéalta

Year 12 Topics:
An Ghaeltacht agus ceantair eile ina labhraítear an Ghaeilge, Fobairt na Gaeilge i sochaí an lae inniu, na coláistí samhraidh, seanchas,traidisiúin agus nósanna, na meáin chumarsáide, léitheoireacht neamhfhicsin, scríbhneireacht chruthaitheach

How Will I Be Assessed?

Controlled Assessment:

Listening and Speaking
  • Presentation with Q & A - 10% - Yr 11 Term 1
  • One to one discussion - 10% - Yr 11 Term 2
  • Group discussion - 10% - Yr 12 Term 3

Reading and Writing
  • Essay based on two literary texts - 15% - Yr 12 Term 1
  • Essay on non-fictional reading - 15% - Yr 12 Term 2

External Exams

Reading
  • Comprehension
  • Analysis of purpose and effect of writeen material
  • Translation Irish to English - written paper 1hr 30mins - End of Yr 12 - 20%

Writing
  • Functional Writing
  • Analysis of purpose and effect of writeen material
  • Translation Irish to English - written paper 1hr 30mins - End of Yr 12 - 20%

What Skills Will I Gain Studying This Subject?

Communication, Working with others, Presenting information, Reading for gist, Problem solving, Being Creative, Persuading, Arguing and many others.

Progression Routes After This Course:

  • A Level
  • Degree
  • Career
Civil Service, European Union, Broadcasting, Cultural Tourism, Language Organisations, Performing Arts, Education, Voluntary Organisations, Heritage, Journalism, Business

 

AS Irish

Listening / Speaking / Comprehension / Translation to English / Extended Writing (on Topic)

Topics include:
Relationships: Family life and relationships; Personal and interpersonal relationships. Health and Lifestyle: Physical well-being; Mental well-being; Interests. Young People in Society: Influences on young people; Education and career planning.

A2 Irish

Listening / Speaking (including discussion on Irish short films) / Comprehension / Translation to Irish / Extending Writing (on Literature)

Topics include:
Local and Global Citizenship: Equality; Multi-cultural society; Democracy and Conflict. Environmental Awareness: Conservation; Energy; Climate change. Literature options include Drama; Poetry; Short Stories

Course Outline:

The A-Level language course is designed to enable students to develop their knowledge of the language and the skills necessary to:
  • give a Presentation and sustain a conversation in the language on a variety of topics such as plans for the future, hobbies, relationships, travel, the difficulties facing young people in our society;
  • listen and respond to recorded material;
  • read articles in the language and answer, in writing, questions on them;
  • translate a range of articles into, and from, the language;
  • write critical essays on prescribed texts.

Assessment:

The AS (two modules) is the first part of the full Advanced GCE course.
The full Advanced GCE comprises the AS and the second half of the GCE course referred to as A2.
However, the AS can be taken as a ‘stand-alone’ qualification without progression to A2.
The A-Level GCE award will be based on the aggregation of the marks from AS (50%) and A2 (50%).

Coursework:

None.

Study/Homework Requirements:

A-Level work involves absorbing a wide range of new vocabulary, idiom and grammatical structures. This requires constant revision, practice and organised study methods. Homework will usually require the completion of work set by the class teacher. This is generally set one week in advance to allow the student sufficient time to do the appropriate study or research. A student who does merely the minimum cannot realistically expect a good grade. Suggested time: A minimum of a one-hour session at home per day as well as sensible use of time-tabled study periods in school.

Students should familiarise themselves with the requirements of the course. They should be aware of and make proper use of the resources available both from the class teacher and the school library. These include a wide range of books, articles, magazines, past papers, sample essays, and cds available for home use.

Key Points To Success:

  • Students should have clearly defined targets for revision, both short and long term;
  • Their written work should be well organised and accessible;
  • In the classroom and in conversation classes with the Language Assistant it is important that each student takes an active role, i.e. asks questions, takes part in conversations and is willing to make oral presentations;
  • Enthusiasm and a strong work ethic will engender confidence with the language and encourage success.