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St John the Baptist’s College, Portadown

Irish

 
 
 

The Modern Languages Department in St John the Baptist's College currently offers Irish, French and Spanish across KS3/4. 

Teachers:

Ms Aoife Bradley (Irish,French, Spanish)

Mr Mairtin McConville (Irish, French, Spanish)

Mr Justin Lynch (Irish)

 

Our Departmental Vision

  • To promote the study of languages within the school community.
  • To give each pupil an appreciation of other cultures and a passion for language learning.
  • To provide exciting, engaging and stimulating lessons which will be tailored to meet the needs of all learners allowing them to achieve their individual potential.
  • To provide a firm basis in the language for those who wish to pursue languages at KS4/5 and third level education.
  • To help pupils to develop an understanding of Modern Languages in a variety of contexts and for practical use.
  • To prepare students for later life, developing transferable skills for an increasingly globalised world. 

In Modern Languages we endeavor to:

  • improve pupil communication skills
  • develop their confidence and self-awareness
  • encourage learner autonomy and independence
  • develop digital literacy of learners
  • provide opportunities for pupils to experience life abroad for themselves
 

KS3 Overview

Irish

Key Stage 3


Year 8

Students learn vocabulary and grammar related to School life, Self & Family, The Weather, Days, Months and Seasons, Food and Meals, Numbers and Time. They are able to speak, read and write about these topics and also to have a conversation in Irish with peers.

Year 9

Students learn vocabulary and grammar related to Pastimes, Daily Routine and Weekend Activities, Health & Lifestyle, Shopping and Public Services. As well has being able to talk about these topics with their peers, they will learn Irish through language games and practical exercises like role plays and drama. They will be able to wear the ‘cúpla focal’ badge in recognition of your ability.

Year 10

Students learn vocabulary and grammar related to The Present and Future Tenses, House and Area, School and Future Plans and Holidays. Pupils also take part in the annual Gael-Linn inter-school quiz.

Irish-medium provision 

We value students who have come from our local  Irish-medium primary school or who have been raised through Irish. Through a combination of withdrawal classes, one-to-one teaching, independent study and extension work, students continue to develop and enrich their Irish through literature, on-line learning resources and extra-curricular activities.

Students who have an Irish-medium background are offered the opportunity to sit their GCSE Irish in Year 10.

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)
Year 11 & 12 pupils have the opportunity to study Irish to GCSE level, completing exams in the four attainment targets areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. While the main focus at this level is on developing oral fluency, creativity and confidence are also fostered through grammar and reading exercises. For the Irish Department, enjoyment is key to success, and good teacher-pupil and pupil-pupil relationships play a vital role in the overall success of our students

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French

Key Stage 3

Through a range of topics pupils are engaged in active learning and e-learning nurturing the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing as well as an awareness of essential grammar and structures.

Year 8
Personal details/ Family/ School/ Pastimes/ Numbers/ Time/ Weather/ Days of the Week/ Months and Seasons
Project work on France also promotes an appreciation of French life and culture.

Year 9
Food & drink/ Clothes/ Health/Television/ Cinema/ Daily routine/ Helping at home

Year 10
Travel/ Paris/ Personality/The World of Work/ Environmental Issues/ Music/ School
An emphasis on Career Opportunities also enables pupils to appreciate how the study of French can enhance employability. Pupils have the opportunity to take part in Queen's University Belfast Francofest business enterprise competition. 

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

The transition to GCSE promotes continuity and progression building on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed at Key Stage 3.

Through 3 Contexts for Learning:

1: Identity, Lifestyle and Culture

2: Local, National, International and Global Areas of Interest

3: School Life, studies and the World of Work

Topics previously covered are extended enabling students to confidently investigate, understand, describe, discuss and give opinions. The focus is on sound manipulation of language, clarity of communication and creativity in a happy and hard working environment.

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Spanish

Spanish was introduced to our school curriculum in 2019 after consultation with both pupils and parents who felt the study of additional language would greatly benefit our pupils. The Spanish department is continually expanding and now pupils are offered the opportunity to study both Spanish/French across KS3/4. 

Key Stage 3
Using contemporary teaching and learning resources accompanied by an on-line learning applications, students learn vocabulary and grammar related to Greetings, Self, Family, School, Weather, Hobbies and Travel.

Key Stage 4
Year 11 & 12 pupils have the opportunity to study Spanish to GCSE level, following the CCEA course of study. They undertake exams in the four attainment areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. While the main focus at this level is on developing oral fluency, creativity and confidence are also fostered through grammar and reading exercises. In the Spanish Department, good teacher-pupil and pupil-pupil relationships play a vital role in the overall success of our students.

 

 

News

26th Nov 2020
An rang GCSE ag iarraidh an teanga a chur chun cinn - In November, Miss Bradley’s...
 
 
 
21st Oct 2019
Year 10 pupils of St John the Baptist's College recently travelled to Lurgan...
 
 
 
19th Oct 2018
SJBC hosted the qualifying blitz for the Óisín McGrath shield on Friday...