Members of the Department

Ms. Goff

Ms. McGroary

Ms. Lyons

Ms. Cumiskey

The aim of the English Department at Largy College is to promote literacy specifically the ability to read, write and think critically. We offer our students a favourable learning environment in a subject area that is progressive in outlook, to foster a love of language and literature through regular reading, writing and critical assessment, which in turn promotes effective critical thinking. In this way, our students learn to achieve their own personal excellence to become self-directed members of society.

English is studied at both Junior and Leaving Certificate level. English is also taught in the  Leaving Certificate Applied and the Junior Certificate School Programme.

Leaving Certificate


 The aims of this syllabus are to develop in students:

  • A mature and critical literacy to prepare them for the responsibilities and challenges of adult life in all contexts.
  • A respect and appreciation for language used accurately and appropriately and a competence in a wide range of language skills both oral and written.
  • An awareness of the value of literature in its diverse forms for enriching their perceptions, for enhancing their sense of cultural identity, and for creating experiences of aesthetic pleasure.

Assessment is by means of a written examination at two levels, Ordinary level and Higher level.

Junior Certificate


Students are encouraged to:

  • be creative through language and to gain enjoyment and continuing personal growth from English in all its forms
  • develop control over English using it and responding to it with purpose and effect through the interconnected literacy skills of oral language, reading and writing
  • engage personally with and think critically about an increasingly broad range of spoken, written and multimodal texts
  • develop an informed appreciation of literature through personal encounters with a variety of literary texts
  • use their literacy skills to manage information needs, and find, use, synthesise, evaluate and communicate information using a variety of media
  • gain an understanding of the grammar and conventions of English and how they might be used to promote clear and effective communication.

Assessment is based on two classroom-based assessments, a written assessment task and a state-certified written examination.

Career Opportunities

  • Digital copywriter.
  • Editorial assistant.
  • English as a foreign language teacher/Teacher
  • Magazine journalist.
  • Newspaper journalist.
  • Publishing copy-editor/proof-reader.
  • Web content manager