Professional Learning Materials

This section contains the professional learning materials and supporting resources which can be used to support individual and school-led professional development across all areas of Junior Cycle English.

English Cluster Professional Learning Material 2023/24

Overview of the English Cluster Professional Learning Material 2023/24

Session 1 – This session is titled ‘A Way with Words: Developing Students’ Vocabulary and Writing Skills’ and begins with a look at how we can support the development of student vocabulary in our individual contexts. We will also consider how modelling the writing process in class, with our students, can benefit their learning. 

Session 2 – This session offers a choice of two workshops. These are gathered on our Google site. The workshops are designed to be navigated independently and you can enjoy the workshop of your choice at your own pace. You will have the choice of a vocabulary workshop or a film workshop.

Part 2 of this session involves each departments working together with a focus on designing a learning experience for the classroom. The aim here is to align the classroom learning experience with the intended learning and the assessments that students will inevitably face. Click on the video to find out more about the workshops before making your selection.

Session 3 – This session is titled ‘A Way with Words: Deepening Student Engagement with Texts’ and explores how we can generate conversation in the classroom. ​We look at opportunities to engage students in conversations about meaningful and interesting topics in their lives in order to further enhance their vocabulary development and confidence.

Click on the tabs below to access the materials from this year’s cluster workshops, including the Google site which hosts many additional supports and resources for both Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle English.

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Google site 2023-24

Wellread National Award Information Webinar

The Wellread National Award

The Wellread National Award was inaugurated in 2015 to honour the fantastic promotion of reading for pleasure by schools across the country. The Wellread National Award aims to promote the development of a reading culture in school communities. The award requires the involvement of all stakeholders including students, teachers, parents and the wider community in reading and associated activities. The registration window for schools is now opening.

To support schools in their engagement with this award, the Oide Languages and Literacy team hosted a Wellread National Award Information Session. This session will outlined ways in which schools might explicitly foster and nurture a reading culture in their schools, including exploring practical considerations concerning the reading environment and establishing reader networks. The recorded webinar can be viewed below.

Watch the Wellread National Award Information Webinar

Additional Resources and Supports:

Wellread Padlet

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