Séadhan de Poire
Séadhan specialises in providing his Irish students with a clear, fundamental understanding of the language and its marking scheme. His style of teaching is focused on covering the curriculum in a concise way, so all his students have the tools to successfully manage the likely exam questions.
He is a popular teacher due to his ability to stimulate students’ interest in the subject. Séadhan has worked with the state examinations commission correcting exam papers and has experience as an Oral Examiner for the Leaving Certificate. He has also taught in the Gaeltacht in Coláiste Ciarán and Coláise Ó Direáin. Séadhan has also authored a Junior Certificate Irish textbook in 2020 “Less Stress more success”.
Rachel Mahon is an Irish and Spanish teacher. She obtained a degree her subjects in UCD before completing her Masters of Education through the medium of Irish in NUIG, where she graduated with a first class honours. She has extensive experience teaching Leaving Cert students and has examined orals with the State Examination Commission.
She is very passionate about both languages, having spent many summers working in Irish colleges in the Gaeltacht, most recently as principal. She spent time in Seville during her undergrad and has done various Spanish courses with the Instituto de Cervantes in Dublin and Madrid. Her approach aims to instil a love of languages in students and a deep understanding of how the language works. Her teaching is highly exam focused in order to ensure students obtain the highest mark possible.
"Really imressed with the quality of grinds and notes. Seadhan was very helpful and I have definitely improved in Irish as a result, thank you!"
- Attended Séadhan's Weekly Irish Grinds
"The notes are class, I particularly really liked that you get loads of sample answers and there are different ones depending on what grade you are going for."
- Attended Séadhan's Irish Grinds Online
What will be covered in these Leaving Cert Irish Grinds?
Séadhan will cover the Irish aural by focusing on the student’s attention on past examination topics and vocabulary. Students will be given a list of keywords from all the past exams. Students will also receive a list of topics that frequently appear in the exam. Séadhan will focus on past examination questions to boost confidence.
Aiste / Díospóireacht
During the course of the year, Séadhan will focus his attention on two areas of paper 1. The essay and the debate will both be prepared in the grinds. This will leave students with seven options on the paper 1 exam. Sample answers will be provided for each topic as well as study guides and tips. Grammar plays a huge role in the Paper 1 marking scheme, so this will be taught throughout each essay.
Some of the typical topics that are covered in class are listed below (not every essay will be required - Séadhan will instruct students as to where their attention and focus should be):
An Córas Oideachais
An tAthrú Aeráide
Saol an Déagóra
An Córas Sláinte
Mná cáiliúla timpeall an domhain.
Scéalta móra nuachta
Fadhb mhór idirnáisiúnta.
Séadhan will focus on the four different questions on Paper 2. To begin with, exam techniques will be taught for the reading comprehensions. It is vital that students have the correct technique to succeed in this section of the exam. Past paper questions will be dissected in class to give accurate examples of how to achieve top marks.
Prós ( Oisín i dTír na nÓg / Dís / Cáca Milis / Hurlamaboc / Gnáthrud)
Séadhan will teach each piece of prose from scratch so that every student starts on the same level. During the class, the short story will be explained in a summary before turning the attention of the class to past examinations questions. Sample answers will be provided and explained so that students can master the marking structure of the exam. Finally, Séadhan will look ahead to this year's exam and focus on probable questions.
Filíocht (Géibheann / Colscaradh / Mo Ghrá-sa idir Lúibíní / An tEarrach thiar / An spailpín fánach)
Séadhan will teach each poem from scratch so that every student starts on the same level. During the class the short poem will be explained in detail before turning the attention of the class to past examination questions. Sample answers will be provided and explained so that students can master the marking structure of the exam.
An Litríocht bhreise (An Triail / A Thig ná thit orm)
This extra literacy question is mandatory on Paper 2, but students can choose between seven different studies. Séadhan will cover the two most popular options, An Triail & A Thig ná thit orm. Sample answers will be provided for previous exam questions, and the focus will then turn to future possible exams after Easter.
Na Briathra Coitianta
An Aimsir Chaite
An Aimsir Láithreach
An Aimsir Fháistineach
An Modh Coinníollach
Séimhiú & Urú
An Tuiseal Ginideach
An t-ainm briathartha
An Scrúdú Béil
The Irish oral will be the focus from Day 1 of the grinds. As a State Examiner, Séadhan is keenly aware of the demand this places on students. The oral class will focus on different areas students are expected to discuss. Students will also receive bespoke Sraith Pictiúr notes not available anywhere else. Students have the option to attend two mock Irish orals during the course of the year. Each student will be given a detailed feedback sheet to help them improve for their next exam.
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