Modern Languages


Mrs Mc Gonigle

Miss Cairns

Mr O’Doherty





To promote and foster the skills required for learning a second language

  • To help prepare pupils for the World of Work and to cope with everyday situations on holiday/in the Gaeltacht areas.
  • To promote the 4 skill areas of Listening/Reading/Listening/Writing
  • To boost self-confidence and thinking skills






  • Pupils will learn to talk about themselves, their family and friends, where they live, their daily routine, school life, hobbies, pets, holidays and opinions.
  • Pupils take part in various role-plays in class and games (Games Class/dominoes/flashcard games etc)
  • Most pupils in Years 8-10 study a minimum of 2 periods of French and/or Irish per week
  • Pupils achieving 1st/2nd/3rd place receive a departmental postcard home after summative assessments.
  • Most pupils have the opportunity to work with a Language Assistant in small groups during timetabled sessions.






  • Pupils cover KS3 topics in more detail and additional other topics such as Health and Environment.
  • The 4 skill areas are tested throughout Years 11 and 12.
  • All pupils complete 4 Controlled Assessments worth 60% made up as follows: (2 Speaking Tasks worth 30%) and (2 Writing Tasks worth 30%)
  • Pupils will know the content of each of these tasks prior to completing a Speaking task or Writing task.
  • Pupils will have timetabled session with the Language Assistant (where possible)
  • Pupils complete a Listening and Reading paper at the end of Year 12 (at foundation or higher tier depending on ability)




KS5 (A Level)


To be reviewed on an annual basis


Other Information e.g. Awards, extra activities etc


  • Gaeltacht (Years 8-12) stay in 2 Colleges in Donegal-Coláiste Machaire Rabhartaigh and Coláiste Chú Chulainn
  • Gaeltacht Scholarships-Gael Linn/Council Scholarships
  • Junior Gael Linn Quiz(Year 10)
  • European Day of languages
  • Open Day-Year 8 presentation
  • French Breakfast
  • Silver Fáinne Exam

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