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Children’s School Lives Study: Report 7

Children’s School Lives Study: Report 7

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Welcome to the new Leaving Certificate Portuguese specification.

The aim of Leaving Certificate Portuguese is to develop learners’ ability to use the target language for communicative purposes, to explore the interdependence between language and culture, to foster an appreciation of the value of languages. It also aims to develop learners’ plurilingual and pluricultural competence.

A framework approach has been used to develop this specification for the learning and teaching of a number of Leaving Certificate curricular languages including Portuguese. This involves a common approach across each specification including the introduction, aims, expectations for learners and assessment approaches.

This specification was designed with all standard variations of the Portuguese language in mind. Accordingly, learning outcomes and experiences are intended to meet the needs of all learners including, but not limited to, those from Angolan, Brazilian, Mozambican, Portuguese and other Portuguese-speaking heritage backgrounds. 

The expectations for learners articulated in this specification are aligned at a similar level to the current Leaving Certificate languages of French, German, Spanish and Italian and are broadly aligned to A2/B1 levels of the CEFR.  Assessment will be offered at both Higher and Ordinary levels. 

To access the online specification, click on the graphic.