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Irish (not optional)

Higher Level/Ardleibheal

It is advisable for students who wish to do Higher level to have obtained at least a C but preferably a B in Junior Cert Higher level.

The course is taught in conjunction with the four main skills of learning a language: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

(i)  Bealtriail: The Oral exam is an important part of the exam. 150 mks (25%)
(ii)  The Aural/listening exam. 100 mks
(iii)  There are two written papers.  350 mks

Paper one - 170mks
A) Composition Section with a choice from the following: Write either an essay, a story, an article for a newspaper or a debate/speech.
B) Two reading comprehensions usually connected to cultural affairs, famous people, current affairs, etc.

Paper Two - 180mks
This firstly consists of questions on compulsory prose and poetry. There are four stories and one film/drama on the prose course which are also on the ordinary level paper.
There is a question on a theme or character or an aspect of the story or film.
There are five poems printed on the paper. These poems are also on the ordinary level paper but the standard of answering expected is more detailed. There are eight additional higher level poems on the course.

Drama/Biography/short stories/bealoideas
The candidate is required to write about an Irish language drama that they have studied
Here in the college we study “An Triail” a drama with contemporary themes. In fifth year the students are brought to a production of the drama through Irish or English.
Finally the student must answer a question on the History of the Irish language and literature.

Students attempting Higher level are advised to go to the Ghaeltacht.

Gnathleibheal/Ordinary Level

(i) Bealtriail: The Oral exam is an important part of the exam. 150 mks (25%)
(ii) The Aural/listening exam. 120 mks
(iii) There are two written papers. 330 mks

Paper one – 220 mks
A Composition Section with a choice out of the following:
Write a letter, conversation, story or a paragraph. Usually the letter and paragraph options are topics that are prepared also for the Oral exam.
There are also two reading comprehensions, one usually about a famous person and the other about something to do with young people, current affairs etc.

Paper Two - 110 mks
This firstly consists of questions on compulsory prose and poetry. There are four stories and one film/drama on the prose course.
Students are required to know a summary of the story/film and also discuss a theme or character. They must answer two questions and there is a choice between two in each case.
Three out of the five poems are printed on the paper. Students must answer two questions on the poems. The questions are generally about a theme, a feeling, an explanation of a line or did you enjoy the poem, etc.

Bonnleibheal Foundation Level.

The main part of this course is Listening and speaking. There is one written paper only and this is very similar to Junior Cert Ordinary level consisting mostly of reading comprehension. There are no prescribed prose or poetry sections in this course. However students may be asked questions about an unseen poem.

Newbridge College Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Republic of Ireland Tel: +353 45 487200 Fax: +353 45 487234 Email: info@newbridge-college.ie