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Departmento del Español









Why Study Spanish

Spanish is a globally significant language with an ever increasing number of speakers. It is the second most spoken language in the world, with 425 million people worldwide using Spanish as their primary means of communication, and it is the official language of twenty countries. Spanish currently ranks as the most widely learned second language in the world with around 60 million speakers.

Junior Certificate Cycle

Pupils in Junior Certificate cycle have four classes of Spanish per week.

Lessons focus on all four skills of language learning; listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Pupils are encouraged to use a range of language based websites to improve their skills, and access authentic Spanish resources

We hope all pupils of Spanish will take the opportunity to practice their Spanish skills with our native Spanish speaking pupils!

What will I learn?

Students at Junior Cert will learn vocabulary covering a wide range of everyday topics –such as family, home, school, numbers, time, days, months, festivals, food, animals, town and buildings, transport and travel, body and illness, clothes, jobs and professions, pastimes, sports, countries and nationalities, holidays, social media, weather and news items.  They learn also about grammar concepts such as the definite, indefinite and partitive articles, gender and the plural forms of nouns, masculine and feminine forms of adjectives and agreement of these, regular and irregular verbs, and a range of basic tenses. Students will also have the opportunity to explore aspects of life and culture in Spanish speaking countries.

The exam

The Junior Certificate exam can be taken at higher or ordinary level, and consists of three parts; listening comprehension, reading comprehension, writing.

Higher level 44% 31% 25%
Ordinary Level 44% 37% 19%


  • Spanish is new to the curriculum at Drogheda Grammar School, and will be gradually rolled out to Senior Cycle and Leaving Certificate


One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.

‒Frank Smith

To have another language is to possess a second soul.

‒ Charlemagne

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.

‒ Nelson Mandela