The specification for junior cycle English has a strong focus on the oral dimension of language, including the vital importance of learning through oral language. There are 13 Oral Language outcomes and they can be viewed here.
Click on the links below to view resources aimed at supporting the teaching of oral language within Junior Cycle English classes.
“Talk is the foundation stone of all learning.”
Below are 10 oral language strategies to use with students in junior cycle English as you explicitly teach oral language skills. These resources were designed as part of JCT’s work with students and teachers to develop helpful oral language strategies that you may find useful in your classroom.
Watch the three videos below to find out more about fishbowl discussions and why this may be useful to improve the oral communication skills of junior cycle English students.
RTE has partnered with Junior Cycle for Teachers to bring radio documentaries into the classrooms around Ireland. Targeted at 12- 15 year olds, the aim of this partnership is to educate students in literacy skills and encourage a critical ear to radio.
Nine ‘Documentary On One’ productions have been carefully selected for Junior Cycle students. Each radio documentary is accompanied by a worksheet (JCT Inspectorate approved) to enable both students and teachers to analyse, discuss and utilise these radio documentaries within the Junior Cycle English classroom.The documentaries and accompanying worksheets can be found at the links below:
Theme: Name of Documentary
The CPD Day 1 resources for the documentary ‘Don’t Go Far’ can be found below.
Click on the image below or here to listen to the RTÉ Documentary on One ‘Don’t Go Far’ that was used in Workshop One.
We have created YouTube Playlists containing examples of oral communication including speeches, poetry readings and interviews.
Included here are a list of links that you can use to help integrate the oral language strand across the reading and writing strands of the junior cycle English Specification.
The Oral Language Workshop from Online Cluster CPD 2020/21 may support you in the English Classroom. Please note that the following support makes reference to the relevant circulars and NCCA publications at the time of design.