Spanish Department – The Spanish department provides a comprehensive Spanish curriculum at both Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle.
Spanish Personnel - The department has a staff of three full time teachers who possess extensive expertise and experience. A number of staff members have been involved in in-career development and teaching workshops. The department has a dedicated subject co-ordinator. Regular meetings take place, exploring ways of promoting and developing the Spanish subject within the school, and in recent years the numbers opting for the subject has grown significantly. Spanish has become the most widely chosen second language in the school since 2009.
Spanish at Junior Level
The course aims to develop both receptive and expressive communicative skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking), in accordance with the curriculum requirements for Junior Certificate Spanish:
- Greetings, introductions, dates, school, subjects, family, where you are from, where you live, describing objects, time, food, likes/dislikes, sports and games, daily activities and weekend activities, free time activities, invitations, cinema, shopping, camping, clothing, gifts.
- Invitations, cinema, shopping, camping, clothing, gifts, holidays, shopping, describing a town, describing a house, time, daily actions, going on a trip, feelings and feeling sick, holidays-actions in the past, asking for directions, shopping, clothes, description of objects (colour, material), daily and spare time actions, immediate plans, school, food and drink, talking about the past, agreement and disagreement, invitations, animals, objects in the house, house chores, actions in the house, at the doctor and parts of the body.
- Television, computers and video games, reading, plans, amusement parks, the zoo, holidays, surprise parties, materials, tourist visit, school trip, remembering, wishes, from party to party, revision (the town, parts of the body, work, leisure and free time, shops, clothes, routine activity, shops, clothes, school, holidays, weather, time, food and drink).
Spanish at Senior Level
The course aims to develop both receptive and expressive communicative skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking), in accordance with the curriculum requirements for Leaving Certificate Spanish:
- Youth and modern society, generational conflict, ageism, school, friendship, family, visiting a city, news, pets, plans, history, crime, cooking recipes, household, weather.
- Ecology and environment, global warming, sustainable development, weather, personality, exchanges, drama and role play, talking about the past, a trip, projects and plans, advertisements, gifts, at the restaurant, tour of Spain.
- Multiculturalism, immigration, discrimination and prejudice, mass media, health, social problems, bullying, domestic violence, homelessness, crime, terrorism.
- Mass media, SMS messages and mobile phones, mass media and globalisation and publicity / advertising.
- Health, diet and healthy lifestyle, obesity, AIDS and education, tobacco, alcohol and drugs.
- Social problems, homelessness, bullying, crime, terrorism and violence.
- Women, women today, gender discrimination against young women, young women and modern society diseases.
Spanish department has facilities that include:
- Personal computers with Internet access.
- Video / DVD.
- Overhead projectors.
- CD players and tape players.
- Data projectors.
- Notice board.
- White boards.
All Spanish teachers have their own room with posters and student work displayed reflecting the subject area.
The resources and equipment of the department facilitate the application of a wide variety of teaching methodologies, which help cater to the individual needs of the language student.
The computer labs are also used as a teaching resource for language practice and cultural research.
Spanish Department Activities – We as a department try to promote and facilitate the development of the Spanish language and the exploration of Spanish culture through a variety of activities.
The following activities promote communicative and interactive learning:
- Spanish Club.
- Latin Dance Club.
- Spanish Newspaper.
- Spanish Web Page.
- Guest Speakers.
- European Language Day - a celebration of Hispanic culture where students promote the language and culture studied. All Spanish students participate in the preparation of Spanish cuisine, and the presentation of projects covering all aspects of Hispanic culture.
- Spanish Tasters Programme.
- Spanish Language Adventure Trip.
- Spanish Language Promotional Brochure.
- Spanish Culture Quiz.
- Spanish Cuisine: Cross-curricular module with Home Economics department.
- E-pal Exchange Programme.
- Introductory Spanish Course for Elementary School.
- Extra Classes for Examination Years.