ESL is teaching English as a second language for our overseas students where English is not their native tongue. Overseas students are tested when they first arrive at the school to ascertain their english level. If required they will be provided with ESL classes during the class period where an Irish student is studying the native Irish language. These classes will be tailored to helping the student understand academic English and the maths and sciences terminology.
Overseas students also have the opportunity to prepare for the Cambridge exams at an additional cost. They will be offered this program at the start of the school year.
English is a core subject in the School, studied for four classes per week at Junior level and five in the Senior cycle.
In addition to the curriculum, the English Department is highly active on the extra-curricular front. Visits to the theatre, particularly where it relates to plays on the curriculum, are a regular feature, as are visits to the school by leading writers and academics.
In-house Public Speaking competitions are organised annually for 1st and 2nd Years while senior students are encouraged to participate both in Inter-School Public Speaking and Debating Competitions.
Drama has always been an important element within the School and every two years, the English Department has responsibility for the production and direction of the School Play, in which students of all ages are invited to audition and take part.