ASTI call for research on Junior Cert Irish

In a submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Irish language, the Gaeltacht and Irish-speaking communities, ASTI has called for research into implementation of the ‘T1 agus T2’ programme before it’s extended to the senior cycle.

The union says that in feedback to an ASTI survey and seminar: “a strong message came from Gaeilge teachers was that, in the absence of research on the implementation of the T1 agus T2 at junior cycle, they are not supportive of introducing this model at senior cycle. This perhaps the strongest message ASTI received.” 

The submission says that a key strand of this research should focus on the range and coherence of the learning outcomes; differentiation in the classroom; and how to develop students’ communicative skills. As regards the latter, teachers still state that there is too much focus on the literature in the specification.