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English in junior cycle aims to develop students’ knowledge of language and literature, to consolidate and deepen their literacy skills and make them more self-aware as learners.

More specifically it encourages all students to:

  • be creative through language and to gain enjoyment and continuing personal growth from English in all its forms
  • develop control over English using it and responding to it with purpose and effect through the interconnected literacy skills of oral language, reading and writing
  • engage personally with and think critically about an increasingly broad range of spoken, written and multimodal texts
  • develop an informed appreciation of literature through personal encounters with a variety of literary texts
  • use their literacy skills to manage information needs, and find, use, synthesise, evaluate and communicate information using a variety of media
  • gain an understanding of the grammar and conventions of English and how they might be used to promote clear and effective communication.