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                                    Spanish as a Leaving Cert subject follows on from the knowledge
                                    acquired at Junior Cert.  The existing skills, written, aural and oral, are
                                    further developed with greater emphasis being given to the oral aspect
                                    of the language as an oral examination is held in the 2  term of 6  year.
                                    This accounts for 25% of the HL exam and 20% of the OL exam.

                                    The standard of Spanish expected at Higher Level is very high and
        students benefit greatly from taking part in the exchange programme to Spain that we run in the
        school for TY and 5  year students.  This is also a great way of increasing students’ cultural
        awareness of Spain.

        Fluency in the Spanish language is a very useful life skill, as Spanish is spoken in so many parts
        of the world and is the second most used language on the Internet.  It has also become the
        second language of the U.S.  It is the official language in 27 countries.

        Career possibilities with this subject are vast, including the IT industry, teaching, business,
        translation, the hospitality industry, tourism etc.


                              Leaving Certificate Japanese is a 2 year course that begins in 5th year. It is
                              not a Junior Certificate subject, so everyone who chooses Japanese in 5th
                              year will start from scratch.  The TY Japanese course places heavy emphasis
                              on culture, but Leaving Certificate Japanese focuses mainly on language.
                              Students do not have to have studied Japanese in TY to take it as a senior
                              cycle subject.

                              During the 2 years, students will learn 2 alphabets know as Hiragana and
                              Katakana. There are also about 100 kanji (Chinese characters) that must be
        learnt. Although these alphabets can be challenging to learn, once they are memorised, they are
        easy to use. In addition, Japanese grammar is very easy compared to European languages.

        The Leaving Certificate exam consists of an oral (25%), an aural (20%) and a written exam (55%).
        There are Higher and Ordinary Level options, and it is a recognised modern language by the

        Why study Japanese?
        Firstly, most students who study Japanese find it a fun and rewarding subject to study. Secondly,
        not that many schools offer it as a timetabled subject so it is quite unique and is a great talking
        point on any CV. Thirdly, it is useful for careers in Finance, Pharmaceuticals and Technology.
        Japan is the home of many successful video game and animation companies that often look to
        recruit foreign employees who can speak Japanese.

        Students wishing to study Japanese at Leaving Certificate level should research the 2 alphabets
        on the internet and see if these are something they would be interested in learning. A high level of
        commitment is required, especially at the start of the course, to memorise these alphabets.

        If you are considering Japanese and have any queries, feel free to ask the Japanese teacher Ms
        Wilson about them.
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