Modern Languages (French and German)


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The French and German syllabus equips students with language skills enabling them to understand and to communicate in French and German.   In this way, students are prepared to holiday, live and work in French and German speaking countries.
The culture of the French and German speaking countries plays an important role. Students discover, for example, the traditions and customs, music, film, food, sports, famous people etc of the French and German speaking countries.
Students are encouraged to achieve their potential in this subject to the best of their ability, whether at higher or ordinary level.
It is hoped that students would enjoy their study of the French and German languages, and would be inspired to visit the countries and also to continue their study of the languages, when they leave the school.

FRENCH AND GERMAN

This is a communicative syllabus organised around the needs, expectations and interests which pupils bring to the foreign language classroom.

General Aims

(a) To contribute to pupils’ awareness of language as a system of communication;

(b) To give pupils an awareness of another culture, and thus a more objective perspective of their own culture;

(c) To contribute to the development in pupils of the capacity to engage in fruitful transactions and interactions with others;

(d) To contribute to pupil’s overall personal and social development;

(e) To give pupils the possibility of access to sources of information, culture enrichment and entertainment through the target language;

(f) To encourage and equip pupils to consider participating in social and cultural activities which may involve some use of the target language.

(g) To encourage learner autonomy and promote individual work.

(h) To make it possible for pupils to consider taking up job and further education/training opportunities this may involve some use of the target language.

(i)To give pupils the kind of language learning experience that will encourage and facilitate their learning further languages in later life.

(j) To furnish pupils with linguistic skills which will make it possible for them to pursue at least some aspects of their general interests through the medium of the target language.


 

Content:

Classroom activities are, as much as possible, done through the target languages.

The syllabus is divided into numerous sections.

Modern Languages – Junior Cycle

The Junior Cycle syllabus aims to foster in learners such communication skills in the target language as will enable them to take part in classroom activities, transactions and interactions, both spoken and written.   The course also aims to introduce students to a broad range of cultural, social and political aspects of the target language and the target language country.

Modern Languages – Senior Cycle.

The Leaving Certificate syllabus is set out in the context of a common syllabus framework for the teaching and examining of French, German, Spanish and Italian. The syllabus content draws on the junior cycle syllabus and develops many aspects of its areas, objectives and content.
The syllabus is “communicative” in the sense that it is based on the purposes to which learners are likely to want, need or expect to put the knowledge and skills they acquire in class, and in the sense that the objectives detailed in the syllabus are expressed in terms of language use.  The course aims to promote.
Basic Communicative Proficiency, Language Awareness and Cultural Awareness.

Resources

Various resources are used to aid the teaching of Modern Languages.  In addition to text book and work books, teachers also use various games, puzzles, texts, authentic French and German texts, teacher generated crosswords/word searches, films, music, internet sites and online activities.

Language mornings and Language Weeks are orgainsed at the school.  2 language rooms have ICT access and overhead projectors which allows students to take part in on-line activities and to access authentic language resources.

Assessment

There are 2 elements to assessment at Junior Cycle.

The Aural Component – Listening Comprehension
Candidates will be required to listen to a tape recording and to answer questions in English or Irish on what they have heard. They will be required to demonstrate an understanding of general information and specific details on a variety of aural stimuli arising from the subject content of the syllabus, including conversations overheard, public announcements, and extracts from radio and other sources.

Written Exam
Reading Comprehension
Candidates will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of, and extract relevant specific information from. Such texts as public signs, menus, timetables, brochures, guides, letters, newspaper or magazine articles and works of literature.

Written Production
The tasks set will primarily require the candidate to use the target language for purposes of communication such as giving information, writing postcards, formal and informal letters and messages.


 

There are 3 elements to assessment at Senior Cycle.

The oral component
General conversation, based on the syllabus content; candidates may avail of the option of discussing a literary work or a project the candidate has worked on and which is relevant to the syllabus content.
Fifteen minutes will be allotted per candidate.

Listening Comprehension – Aural Exam 
Candidates will be required to listen to a tape recording and to answer questions in English or Irish on what they have heard. They will be required to demonstrate an understanding of general information and specific details on a variety of aural stimuli arising from the subject content of the syllabus, including conversations overheard, public announcements, and extracts from radio and other sources.

Written Exam
Reading Comprehension
Candidates will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of, and extract relevant specific information from. Such texts as public signs, menus, timetables, brochures, guides, letters, newspaper or magazine articles and works of literature. Material at the Higher Level will place greater demands on the candidates. It will require the candidate to explore various levels of meaning within a text and demonstrate awareness of some stylistic aspects of literary texts.

Written Production
The tasks set will primarily require the candidate to use the target language for purposes of communication such as expressing feelings and attitudes, giving and obtaining information, describing, relating, offering explanations, summarising, elaborating, etc.

LCA
French and German are also offered to LCA students as a 1 year exam course.  The Exam has 3 elements, a short Oral exam, a Listening exam and a written exam.  The course covers topics which allow students to holiday in both French and German speaking countries and have basic communication skills in the target language.


fgUseful Websites:

French

www.skoool.ie
www.atschool.eduweb.co.uk
www.scoilnet.ie
www.languages.ie
www.google.fr
www.tv5.org
www.lequipe.fr
www.youtube.com
www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/
www.franceair.fr
http://betterexaminations.ie/

German

http://www.google.de
Collins Dictionary : English-German

http://www.vocabulix.com
https://www.clevernotes.ie/category/german/
http://www.vocaroo.com
http://german.about.com/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/german/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/german/cool/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/german/
http://www.dublin.diplo.de/
http://www.goethe.de/ins/ie/dub/enindex.htm
http://www.languageguide.org/german/vocabulary/
How To Write A Letter In German
http://www.hellomylo.com/Basic/German
http://www.hellomylo.com/Challenge/German
https://www.studyclix.ie/Subjects
German Connects (information on third-level options)

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