English at 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.

  • 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.

  • Engage personally with and think critically about an increasingly broad range of spoken, written and multimodal texts.

  • Develop an informed appreciation of literature through personal encounters with a variety of literary texts.

  • Use their literacy skills to manage information needs, and find, use, synthesise, evaluate and communicate information using a variety of media.

  • Gain an understanding of the grammar and conventions of English and how they might be used to promote clear and effective communication.

Course Content: 

  • Higher Level: Must study a Shakespeare Play

  • Two studied novels 

  • A variety of drama extracts

  • A number of short stories 

  • Poetry 

  • Film studies

  • Media Studies

Type of Homework/Projects/Assignments: 

CBA one focuses on Oral communication. This develops key skills that students will use across all subjects.

CBA two focuses on students' written work. This written work is completed over a period of time and students are given feedback from teachers to improve their work.



Resources in Department: 


1st year: Kingdom 1 

2nd and 3rd year: Kingdom 2


Teachers use a variety of books (novels, plays, films etc.) which are chosen by the class teacher and may vary from class to class


Youtube, Notes, Studyclix and a variety of other resources are used to engage and aid students with their learning