“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
― Groucho Marx
“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”
― Margaret Fuller
Literacy is the cornerstone of English at Junior Cert in St. Dominic’s. Our English department has always sought to improve the literacy of our students by fostering the reading habit within the school and encouraging them to embark on their own adventures in reading. Texts have been chosen that will grab the student’s attention and help them to realise the enjoyment that can be derived from the written word. We want our students to choose to read and to do this we try to make reading as enjoyable as possible. Our first year reading programmes, our Books on CD initiative and the use of our new reading room are all designed to achieve these goals.
We also encourage students to explore and value their own writing, to facilitate the expression of who they are and what they wish to be. Our aims are for our students to develop confidence in who they are and in how they communicate in the outside world.
Of course we are aware that literacy in the modern world can come in many forms and with that in mind we use ICT in the classroom to develop students’ abilities in the arena of modern technology.