Junior Cycle English Aim 5 Aim English in junior cycle aims to develop students’ knowledge of language and literature, to consolidate and deepen their literacy skills and make them more self-aware as learners. More specifically it encourages all students:

  • To be creative through language and to gain enjoyment and continuing personal growth from English in all its forms.
  • To develop control over English using it and responding to it with purpose and effect through the interconnected literacy skills of oral language, reading and writing.
  • To engage personally with and think critically about an increasingly broad range of spoken, written and multimodal texts.
  • To develop an informed appreciation of literature through personal encounters with a variety of literary texts.
  • To use their literacy skills to manage information needs, and find, use, synthesise, evaluate and communicate information using a variety of media.



Rationale Language gives students the opportunity to access the understanding, knowledge and skills to promote their personal growth and effective participation in society.

The study of language enables students to build on their learning in primary school and further develop their skills and enjoyment in using it effectively. Through language learning and use, students discover information, develop thinking, and express ideas and feelings. They learn about language, and how to use it well in all areas of their studies.

Respect is shown for students’ competence in their home language and the community characteristics of their language use together with their literacy practices outside of school.

Learning about language in texts, including digital texts, is important to social development and as part of this process students develop the competence and confidence needed to meet the demands of school, employment, further education and life. Knowledge and command of language are also essential to their contributions to political, social and cultural life and as thoughtful and active citizens.

As learners, it is important that they become aware of where and how they are improving in their use of language and conscious of where further improvement is necessary. As a route to this knowledge they develop greater competence in the conventions of spelling, punctuation procedures, sentence structures and text organisation.

Students are actively involved in the integrated skills of oral language, reading and writing and in discussing and comparing a wide variety of texts and forms of English. As study is a social activity as well as a personal one, students have opportunities to work in groups to achieve appropriate language goals.

The ability to appreciate literature from different cultures is important in developing the whole person and to this end students read literature with insight and imagination not only in class but privately as well.

Finally, as their mastery of language grows, so too will the opportunities to enjoy their world and give of their best to society now, and in the future. They will fully appreciate their success in language when pleasure and growth in it continue in their lives long after school is done.


A brief breakdown of the assessment criteria for the JC exam (project %, final exam % etc.). Also please add the possible levels available - foundation, ordinary, higher, common etc.

Two Classroom Based Assessments
Final Assesment

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