A-LEVEL IRISH

A Level – Irish

Introduction

AS Level Irish builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed within GCSE Irish at higher tier. The Advanced GCE specification incorporates the AS. Why choose GCE Irish?  Learning a language and studying another culture are both fascinating and mindexpanding in their own right.   We live in an interconnected world where international and crosscultural working relationships are commonplace and a key aspect of the global workplace. Being able to speak another language, understand another culture and empathise with colleagues who are working in a second language is valuable for students with a range of future career plans.” From CCEA Specification Introduction.

Recommended GCSE Subjects and Grades 

Irish A*/A

 

Subject Content 

AS

Unit 1:  Speaking             

– 30% of AS / 12% of A Level

Unit 2:  Listening, Reading & Use of Language

– 40% of AS / 16% of A Level

Unit 3: Extended Writing

– 30% of AS / 12% of A Level

A2

Unit 1:  Speaking

– 18% of A Level

Unit 2:  Listening & Reading

– 24% of A Level

Unit 3:  Extended Writing

– 18% of A Level

 

Method of Assessment 

AS

Unit 1: Speaking –

A 3min prepared presentation –

A 8min general conversation relating to AS themes

Unit 2: Listening, Reading & Use of Language

40min Listening examination with 2 recordings from 2 different themes –    Recording 1: Questions and answers in Irish –    Recording 2: Questions and answers in English

50min Reading examination

–    Question 1: Comprehension with questions and answers      in Irish

–    Question 2: Translation from Irish to English

30min examination

–    Questions 1-4 involve short grammatical exercises

–    Question 5: Translate short sentences from English      to Irish.

Unit 3: Extended Writing

1 hour examination with a written essay, offering a choice of 2 open-ended essay questions, based on 1 of the following prestudied areas: –

Film: Yu Ming Is Ainm Dom, Lipserviceor Clare sa Spéir

–    Literary Text: Péigí Rose: Anne

A2

Unit 1: Speaking

–    A 1min introduction and 5min discussion based on an      individual research project

–    A 9min general conversation focusing on A2 themes

Unit 2: Listening & Reading

45min Listening examination with 2 recordings based on A Level themes

–    Recording 1: Questions and answers in Irish –

Recording 2: Questions and answers in English

2hour examination

–    Question 1: gap-filling in Irish

–    Question 2: question, with answers in Irish

–    Question 3: Irish reading passage to be summarised in      English in 100 words

–    Question 4: English to Irish translation

Unit 3: Extended Writing

1 hour examination with a written essay, offering a choice of 2 open-ended essay questions, based on 1 of the following prestudied literary texts:

–    Anam na Teanga

–    Lá Fhéile Míchíl

–    Poetry selection

 

Career Possibilities 

Education: Teaching in English or Irish Medium Sector; Lecturing; Development Officers with a range of organizations committed to the promotion of Irish Language. Advertising Drama Hospitality Management ICT Interpreting Journalism Marketing Media News-reading Radio Reporting Scriptwriting Television Tourism Translation Website Design

 

Other Information 

Students who choose AS/A2 Level Irish must be committed to their studies and it will be strongly recommended that they attend residential courses in the Gaeltacht. Independent study is also an important aspect of the course and, a wide range of resources are available to make provision for this. A’ Level students in Irish are given the opportunity to enhance personal development by taking a lead role in organizing support and activities for other year groups. Extra- curricular activities are a fun and prominent element of studying advanced level Irish.

 

 GLA Entrance Assessment Results

Results have been posted to arrive on Saturday 4th February 2023

If any Parent / Guardian of a P7 pupil who sat the GLA Entrance Assessment in Loreto Grammar School has not received results in the post, you may call the school office between 12noon and 1p.m. on Saturday 4th February.

This session is only to facilitate issue of results which have not been delivered.