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Dóchas na nGael - A Hope for the Irish Language

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Lucan Community College

A petition to change the curriculum for the Irish Language at primary and secondary school level. Here is a breakdown of what we hope to achieve:

- [ ] Change in the Primary school Irish curriculum

- Assigned teachers teach Irish to all classes so all students enter first year at similar level of Irish

- More emphasis on conversational Irish

- More class time in Irish

- So that students would be able to speak and converse (as best as they can) in relation to topics within the curriculum by the time they leave school

- This level should be achieved by putting complete emphasis on the spoken language. Perhaps sport and music could be taught only through the medium of Irish.

- There should be an option of either having a fluent teacher facilitating the conversational aspect of the class or having the Educational institutions reviewing how they're providing training in language methodology.

- [ ] Change in the secondary school Irish curriculum:

- Junior students and Senior Students would complete a compulsory course and Senior Students would then have an option to complete another course:

1) From 1st year - 6th Year a basic Irish course with emphasis on the oral/aural and understanding aspects of the language with gradual introduction of reading and writing.

2) Optional Subject Course focusing on Gaelic literature and poetry at leaving cert level

- Interactive learning: Video clips, Music, Sport

- Use of interactive apps such as one like OIDE - Coláiste Lurgan

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