English in junior cycle aims to develop students’ knowledge of language and literature, to
consolidate and deepen their literacy skills and make them more self-aware as learners.
More specifically it encourages all students:
• to be creative through language and to gain enjoyment and continuing personal growth from
English in all its forms
• to 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
• to engage personally with and think critically about an increasingly broad range of spoken,
written and multimodal texts
• to develop an informed appreciation of literature through personal encounters with a variety of
literary texts
• to use their literacy skills to manage information needs, and find, use, synthesise, evaluate and
communicate information using a variety of media
• to gain an understanding of the grammar and conventions of English and how they might be
used to promote clear and effective communication.