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Subject Aims


  • To develop in students:

- Mature and critical thinking,
- A respect and appreciation for language and a competence in a wide range of language skills,
- An awareness of the value of literature in its diverse forms,
- Critical thinking, comprehending and comparing skills,
- An awareness of the variety of linguistic genres and functions,
- An awareness and appreciation of the mechanics of the language,
- An interest, respect and appreciation for literature in its diverse cultural manifestations.

  • To promote student communication skills.
  • To promote teamwork.
  • To develop leadership qualities.


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Subject Objectives


  • To identify texts according to genre of language.
  • To appreciate texts in terms of structure, vocabulary, tone style and purpose.
  • To compose a variety of genre of language.
  • To develop the studentís ability to discuss and write about all elements of the curriculum.
  • To enable the student to identify techniques involved in film and drama.
  • To make the student aware of the diversity of careers in the field of English and the relevance of the skills acquired for their studies.








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Student access to level options structure.


All students have access to this subject. English is offered at the following levels:

  • Higher level
  • Ordinary level
  • Foundation level
  • Common level in 1 year and Transition year
  • Special resources at Junior cycle


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On Target for Junior Certificate English.
Third Year Students on an English day out.

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Access to Level

  • Common level offered to all First years.
  • In Second year, level choice is made with consultation between students, teachers and parents, guided by their Summer test result.
  • Higher level, Ordinary level and Foundation level are offered as options at Junior cycle.
  • Additional special needs assistants are available for those who qualify.
  • In Transition Year, a common level is studied by all.
  • At Senior cycle, decisions regarding level choice are taken after consultation with the student, class teacher, parents and a review of the Junior Certificate results.
  • Student who whish to change level during the year must complete a change of level form. This requires the signatures of the school principal, parents, student, class teacher and teacher of the class the student is moving into.
  • Parents are given information and advice on their sonís subject level at parent-teacher meetings.
  • The chosen level is officially stated to the Department of Education and Science in Third year and Fifth year, as per departmental regulations.


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Junior Certificate Syllabus

Junior Certificate students will develop their skills in the following areas of English:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Personal writing
  • Functional English
  • Media studies
  • Drama
  • Poetry
  • Fiction


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Transition Year Syllabus

  • Genres of language
  • History and development of the English language
  • Public speaking
  • Debating skills
  • Film studies
  • Novel
  • Educational excursions






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Leaving Certificate Syllabus

Higher/Ordinary Level English Modules:

  • Reading and Writing
  • Language of Information
  • Language of Argument
  • Language of Persuasion
  • Language of Description
  • Language of Narration
  • Single Text/Drama
  • Comparative Studies
  • Poetry


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