Introduction to English

The essential aim of teaching English at Junior Cycle is to reinforce and continue the work of the primary school in nurturing the intellectual, imaginative and emotional growth of each student by developing his or her personal proficiency in the arts and skills of language. This personal proficiency involves three dynamically interrelated elements: personal literacy, social literacy and cultural literacy.

The development of skills in speaking and listening should play as important a role as reading and writing in this English programme. Fostering an awareness in the student of the interrelationship of these skills, and of their central role in the learning and thinking processes, is an integral element of personal growth through English.

2014 saw the introduction of the Junior Cycle Student Award for first years only, while second and third years continue with the Junior Certificate.



Paper One:

  • Reading
  • Personal Writing
  • Functional Writing
  • Media Studies

Paper Two:

  • Drama
  • Poetry
  • Fiction

Useful Tips

  1. Practice exam style answers and timing yourself. Practice makes perfect in English and your writing can only benefit from doing so.
  2. Prepare some material on topics you are interested in, maybe fashion, sport, travel or music. Keep these in a journal and maybe weave them into the essay or writing exercises that come up on Paper I.
  3. Write out a list of key sections from each of our texts you are studying this will help with your note taking.
  4. Prepare sample answers during the year and use them to prepare for your exam.
  5. When studying English spend half of your time learning and the other half applying it on paper practicing your reading and writing skills.

Useful websites for students