Junior Cert Irish

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Irish

The aim of Junior Certificate Irish isto 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 skillsthrough listening to others,CDs and tapes; your written skillsthrough writing in Irish, and your reading skillsthrough reading passages,poems and stories written in Irish.

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 classmates are:

  • go on Irish language tours
  • 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
  • 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.

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 of 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, and Modern Languages.

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.

Will Irish be very different afterthe 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).

[Information sourced from ncca.ie]

Irish Junior Cert


The main aim of Irish at Junior Cert level is to help students with their skills in speaking, writing and listening to the Irish Language.

Students should have learned the basics of the Irish language in primary school and the Junior Cert syllabus helps students to build an awareness of the Irish language and Irish literature. Students at higher level will also study various pieces of prose and poetry on the syllabus.
The Irish exam is a combination of written and aural exams, an oral exam has been introduced as a optional pilot scheme with some schools.
 

Irish  

Irish higher level has two papers while ordinary level only has one.

Paper 1 – Higher level.  

  • Roinn I – Cluaistuiscint,
  • Roinn II Léamhthuiscint,
  • Roinn III – Trialacha Teanga comhthéacsúla and
  • Roinn IV – Ceapadóireacht.

Roinn I is the listening comprehension, to prepare for this students should practise listening to previous listening comprehensions or listen to Radio na Gaeltachta or TG4 or our aurals.

Roinn II – Léamhthuiscint, these are unseen reading comprehensions you will be required to answer questions on the text.


Roinn III – This section requires you to rewrite a piece in a particular tense and is a test on grammar and verbs.


Roinn IV Ceapadóireacht, this section requires students to write an essay, story, debate or an article, students should continue to practise to get better marks.

Paper 2 - Higher level

Paper 2 is made up of three Sections.

  • Roinn I – Prós,
  • Roinn 2 – Filíocht and
  • Roinn 3 An litir.

Roinn I – Prós – this will involve you answering questions on an extract from the story and answering the questions.  You will also be asked about a story you have studied. You may be asked about themes, and characters in this section, you should if possible support your answer with references.  It is important to answer the questions asked and use grammar correctly.

Roinn II  - Filíocht -  this section requires you to answer questions on an unseen poem and on a poem you have studied. Again, you may be asked about themes, characters, feelings, you should use quotes to support your answer. 

Roinn III - An litir – this question requires students to write a letter, which could be on one of the following, letter to a friend about your holidays, letter about a summer job, your past – times, concerns of young people, it is very important to get the structure of the letter correct, date, address, greeting, the body, and the sign off of the letter right, this section will test the ability to write, grammar and vocabulary so students should practise writing letters to get full marks.

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Exam Breakdown Higher Level Paper 1

Páipéar 1 Duration 2hours (150 minutes) - 100 MARC     
  Comment   Old Syllabus 2009 2008 2007
  ROINN I CLUASTUISCINT- 40 Marc -32 minutes A (20 marc)-SEÓ TALLAINNE NA HÉIREANN - B (20 marc) Comórtas TG4 ROINN I – SCRÍOBH NA TEANGA Ceist 1 Rogha ceann amháin as: - AISTE - SCÉAL / EACHTRA - DÍOSPÓIREACHT / ÓRÁID - ALT  - Rogha ceann amháin as: - AISTE - SCÉAL / EACHTRA - DÍOSPÓIREACHT / ÓRÁID - ALT  - Rogha ceann amháin as: - AISTE - SCÉAL / EACHTRA - DÍOSPÓIREACHT / ÓRÁID - ALT  -
  32 minutes should be allocated to Roinn I Freagair do rogha ceann amháin de A, B, C, D
  ROINN II LÉAMHTHUISCINT 40 marc -32 minutes 50 marks
  32 minutes should be allocated to Roinn II 1 out of 9 to do
    Allocate 40 minutes
  ROINN III TRIALACHA TEANGA COMHTHÉACSÚLA 20 MARC -16 minutes A (10 Turas Teanga) -B (10 marc) www.feachtas.ie Ceist 2 A-Cómhra  (tusa agus do thuismitheoirí) /     B- t-agallamh A-Cómhra (tusa agus do chara)  /     B- t-agallamh A-Cómhra (tusa agus do thuismitheoirí) /     B- t-agallamh
  Léamhthuiscint
70 marks
Answer A and B (35 marks each)
Allocate 40 minutes for each
  ROINN IV CEAPADÓIREACHT 50 MARC A. AISTE nó B. SCÉAL / EACHTRA nó C. DÍOSPÓIREACHT / ÓRÁID nó D. ALT        
  40 minutes should be allocated to Roinn IV   ROINN II – LÉAMHTHUISCINT (SLIOCHT LEANÚNACH) [30 marc] Amach Anseo-'Mars' BLIAIN IS FICHE AG FÁS-'The Simpsons' Ar Mhuin Na Muice-Mark Kavanagh

 

Páipéar 1 Duration 2hours (150 minutes) - 100 MARC 
Comment   Old Syllabus 2006 2005
ROINN I CLUASTUISCINT- 40 Marc -32 minutes A (20 marc)-SEÓ TALLAINNE NA HÉIREANN - B (20 marc) Comórtas TG4 ROINN I – SCRÍOBH NA TEANGA Ceist 1 Rogha ceann amháin as: - AISTE - SCÉAL / EACHTRA - DÍOSPÓIREACHT / ÓRÁID - ALT  - Rogha ceann amháin as: - AISTE - SCÉAL / EACHTRA - DÍOSPÓIREACHT / ÓRÁID - ALT  -
32 minutes should be allocated to Roinn I Freagair do rogha ceann amháin de A, B, C, D
ROINN II LÉAMHTHUISCINT 40 marc -32 minutes 50 marks
32 minutes should be allocated to Roinn II 1 out of 9 to do
  Allocate 40 minutes
ROINN III TRIALACHA TEANGA COMHTHÉACSÚLA 20 MARC -16 minutes A (10  Turas Teanga) -B (10 marc) www.feachtas.ie Ceist 2 A-Cómhra(tusa agus do chara) /     B- t-agallamh A-Cómhra (tusa agus do thuismitheoirí) /     B- t-agallamh
  Léamhthuiscint
70 marks
Answer A and B (35 marks each)
Allocate 40 minutes for each
ROINN IV CEAPADÓIREACHT 50 MARC A. AISTE nó B. SCÉAL / EACHTRA nó C. DÍOSPÓIREACHT / ÓRÁID nó D. ALT      
40 minutes should be allocated to Roinn IV   ROINN II – LÉAMHTHUISCINT (SLIOCHT LEANÚNACH) [30 marc] DEIREADH RÉ- 'Star Wars' Laochra Bhaile Phib-

 

Exam Breakdown Higher Level Paper 2

Páipéar 2 -  Duration 2 hours (120 minutes) 120 MARC
Comment     2009 2008
ROINN I PRÓS LITEARTHA 30 MARC Pictiúr a Goideadh - A ( Buntuiscint )B ( Léirthuiscint Ghinearálta ) ROINN I - PRÓS LITEARTHA [30 marc] Dhá Ceist (15 marc) Ceist 1 : Dorád Deilf Ar Iarraidh Ceist 1 : Luath nó Mall
30 minutes should be allocated to Roinn I Ceist 2. Freagair A nó B anseo. Ní gá níos mó ná leathleathanach a scríobh. (15 mharc) ROINN II – FILÍOCHT [30 marc]    A- An Stoirm    A- Tram 15
    B- Oisín i ndiaidh na Féinne B- Turas
ROINN II FILÍOCHT 30 MARC An Púdal Béal Dorais nó Daonáireamh 1911    
30 minutes should be allocated to Roinn II A (Buntuiscint) /B (Léirthuiscint) ROINN III – LÉAMHTHUISCINT (GIOTAÍ GEARRA) [30 marc] Gaiscí Reatha/ An Traonach ag Filleadh ar Éirinn / Is é lá na gaoithe lá na dtúr in Dubai / Gruaig Rua Gwyneth Paltrow / Cruinniú na nÓg / Orpheus na nDéise / Ag Fanacht sa Bhaile
  Ceist 4.Ainmnigh dán Gaeilge (15 mharc) ROINN IV – LITIR A SCRÍOBH [30 marc] A-  Litir chig do thuismitheoirí / B Litir chig eagarthóir nuachtáin /   C- Litir chig do chara A- Litir chig do chara/  B- Litir chig do chara / C- Litir chig eagarthóir nuachtáin
ROINN III LITIR 30 MARC  
30 minutes should be allocated to Roinn II  

 

Páipéar 2 -  Duration 2 hours (120 minutes) 120 MARC  
Comment     2007 2006 2005
ROINN I PRÓS LITEARTHA 30 MARC Pictiúr a Goideadh - A ( Buntuiscint )B ( Léirthuiscint Ghinearálta ) ROINN I - PRÓS LITEARTHA [30 marc] Dhá Ceist (15 marc) Ceist 1 : Níl Aon Tinteán mar do Thinteán Féin Ceist 1 : Fuadachá Ceist 1 : Ní Binn Béal ina Thost
30 minutes should be allocated to Roinn I Ceist 2. Freagair A nó B anseo. Ní gá níos mó ná leathleathanach a scríobh. (15 mharc) ROINN II – FILÍOCHT [30 marc]    A- An Canaerí    A- Béal na Scornaí    A- Mac Drabhlásach
    B- Cuairt B- Sráidbhaile B-Cloisfidh Tú M'ainm
ROINN II FILÍOCHT 30 MARC An Púdal Béal Dorais nó Daonáireamh 1911      
30 minutes should be allocated to Roinn II A (Buntuiscint) /B (Léirthuiscint) ROINN III – LÉAMHTHUISCINT (GIOTAÍ GEARRA) [30 marc] Ceachtanna Tiomána/ Súil Eile Ag Wimbledon / Féile Thoraí / Tírghrá, Scoil agus an Ghaeilge Roghnaigh iasc ar son na beatha./ Ros na Rún / Scarlett Johannson / Ó Cairo go Cape Town Seachtain na Gaeilge Teoranta / Hillary Duff / I gCoillte Chonamara / Scéal an Innealtóra
  Ceist 4.Ainmnigh dán Gaeilge (15 mharc) ROINN IV – LITIR A SCRÍOBH [30 marc] A-  Litir chig do mhathairí / B Litir chig eagarthóir dírise /   C- Litir chig do chara A- Litir chig do chara/  B- Litir chig do chara / C- Litir chig eagarthóir nuachtáin A-  Litir chig do thuismitheoirí / B Litir chig eagarthóir dírise /   C- Litir chig do chara
ROINN III LITIR 30 MARC    
30 minutes should be allocated to Roinn II    

 

Exam Breakdown Ordinary Level

Páipéar 1 Duration 1hours 30 minutes (220 marks)
Marks Comment 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
120 ROINN I – LÉAMHTHUISCINT (120 marc) Ceist 1 - 30 marcs, Ceist 2- 30 marcs Ceist 3-60 marcs 1. Meaitseáil na pictiúir An Luichín Dána - An tSiúr Colmcille / Usain Bolt MADRA AR STRAE- Dáithí Ó Diollúin / Tom Crean – Laoch Antartaice / KIRSTEN DUNST – RÉALTA SCANNÁN Seanbhean- le Dolores Stewart / D.J. CAREY Teilifís - Gabriel Rosenstock / Eoin Pól II / Míonmarathón na mBan Mo Rangsa - Dónall Ó Colchúin / MV DOULOS (long) / Pierce Brosnan 007
2. Gailearaí Náisiúnta na hÉireann/ Bord Gáis/DEILF-FHAIRE Laoch na Lúthchleasaíochta / Éanna Ní Lamhna LAOCH NA hIOMÁNAÍOCHTA / EOIN COLFER – ÚDAR ARTEMIS FOWL
3.a Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana b.JOHN BOYNE – ÚDAR CÁILIÚIL Laoch na Timpeallachta  
110 ROINN II – SCRÍOBH NA TEANGA (110 marks)  Ceist 1-  25 marcs, Ceist 2 -40 marcs, Ceist 3- 45 marcs Scríobh cárta poist /TEACHTAIREACHT RÍOMHPHOIST/Scríobh an litir/ Alt Cuntas Scríobh cárta poist /Scríobh an nóta/Scríobh an litir/ Alt gairid Scríobh cárta poist /Scríobh an nóta/Scríobh an litir/ Alt gairid Scríobh cárta poist /Scríobh an nóta/Scríobh an litir/ Alt gairid Scríobh cárta poist /Scríobh an nóta/Scríobh an litir/ Alt gairid Scríobh cárta poist /Scríobh an nóta/Scríobh an litir/ Alt gairid

 

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