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German/ Deutsch

                             Leaving Certificate German consists of three sections.  The Oral is the section
                             which takes place around the Easter of Leaving Certificate.  It is worth 25% of
                             the  marks  at  Higher  Level  and  20%  at  Ordinary  Level.    The  Oral  is  very
                             structured, and has picture stories and role plays. Instead of the picture stories
                             students may choose to do a project on a vast number of German topics. The
                             written section has two reading comprehensions and a letter or description of a
                             picture.  Then, there is the aural, the listening comprehension.
                             Students wishing to do German at Higher Level should have achieved an A, B
                             or C grade at Junior Certificate Higher Level.


                                French  for  Leaving  Certificate  builds  on  the  knowledge  of  the  language
                                acquired  for  Junior  Certificate.    The  aim  is  to  improve  students’  skills  in
                                reading comprehension, aural comprehension, written and oral work.

                                There is a greater emphasis on oral work, as one of the components of the
                                Leaving  Certificate  is  an  oral  test  accounting  for  25%  of  the  total  marks.
        Course content for Higher and Ordinary levels is similar.  However, oral and written skills are of
        particular importance at higher level.  A grade ‘C’ at Higher Level in the Junior Certificate is the
        absolute minimum requirement for Higher Level French at Leaving Certificate.

        The learning of a language can be achieved by steady work and is much helped by a period spent
        in France, if that is possible.
        A motivated, hard-working student can acquire a high standard of spoken and written French in
        the 2/3 years of Senior Cycle.
        Many  of  our  past  pupils  have  spent  their  college  Erasmus  year  in  France,  irrespective  of  their
        subject area.  A good knowledge of French allows one to avail of this option.
        Specific  careers  in  which  French  would  be  of  benefit  include  teaching,  translation,  interpreting,
        journalism, media.  There is a particular need for French speaking graduates in the I.T. sector at
        Indeed, in all career areas employment prospects are much enhanced for graduates who have a
        good working knowledge of a European language.

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