Modern Foreign Languages and Key Skills

In addition to their specific content and knowledge, the subjects and short courses of junior cycle provide students with opportunities to develop a range of key skills. There are opportunities to support all key skills in this course, but some are particularly significant. 

 

Key skill Key skill element Student learning activity
Being literate Developing my spoken language Students will engage in meaningful communicative activities and tasks across all strands. They will learn to communicate effectively and confidently in the target language in familiar contexts.
Managing myself Being able to reflect on my own learning In all strands, students will monitor, reflect on and evaluate their progress by considering feedback from others and from self-assessment. 
Staying well Being positive about learning In all strands, students will develop a positive attitude towards language learning as they engage with diversity and reflect on their successes.
Managing information and thinking Using digital technology to access, manage and share content In all strands, students will use a range of digital technologies to research and manage content as well as to communicate.
Being numerate Seeing patterns, trends and relationships In all strands, participation in language activities will offer students many opportunities to reinforce concepts such as number recognition, sequencing, date, time, value, measurement, and percentage. They will also notice linguistic and cultural patterns and trends as they develop their language and intercultural awareness. 
Being creative Exploring options and alternatives In all strands, students will have opportunities to explore options and make choices as they engage in communicative activities and become increasingly more autonomous learners.
Working with others Learning with others In all strands, students will engage in pair and group work, as well as in peer-assessment
Communicating Using language In all strands, students will become familiar with the language of routine classroom interactions. The target language will be the principal medium of teaching and learning.