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French, German and Spanish are the Modern Languages offered in Blackrock College. Communicative Language Teaching Theory is central to the methodologies adopted by the teachers of Modern Languages and there is a keen emphasis on the use of the target language in the classroom. During their studies, students develop key skills in the areas of reading, listening, speaking and writing.
Steeped in the rich history of Blackrock College, The Modern Languages Department adopts and promotes the College Mission Statement in its daily activity. Through continual assessment, encouragement and dedication, pupils have the opportunity to develop their full potential as responsible learners.
Cultural exposure through engagement with language assistants, use of digital media and the sharing of teachers’ own experiences, assists in highlighting for students the benefits and opportunities of studying a foreign language. Teachers regularly promote and advise students and parents on opportunities at home and abroad for young language learners outside of the traditional classroom.
With the assistance of thoughtfully chosen textbooks and with their own supplementary materials, teachers are committed to the educational and communicative aims outlined in the Department of Education and Skills (DES) Junior Certificate Syllabus. Focus on a broad range of language tasks and activities enables teachers to equip students with the linguistic skills that furnish a general competence in and confidence with the target language. Equally, teachers aim to create an awareness amongst students of another culture, thereby contributing to overall personal and social development.
With a focus on more autonomous learning, the Modern Languages Department aims to further stimulate student interest in language learning in Transition Year through an even broader range of activities and language tasks that facilitate even more creative and active learning aimed at further developing students’ proficiency.
The skill set developed in Junior Cycle is further built upon in Senior Cycle as per the DES Leaving Certificate Syllabus. Communicative language methodologies are further adopted with a continued commitment to promoting an awareness of language, culture and communication. The advanced linguistic learning focus offers students, as a realistic option, the possibility of pursuing leisure activities, further study and career opportunities through Modern Languages.