English Curriculum at Dominican College Sion Hill

Here in Sion Hill we endeavour to bring the English curriculum to life. Students engage in a variety of key skills in every lesson. Oral presentations are used individually and collectively to further explore a topic, and assess understanding. Writing skills are addressed in workshops focusing on purposeful writing tasks, time management and editing techniques. Reading is enjoyed in a myriad of contexts, most notably, in the SHUSH zone (Sion Hill Universal Study Hub) and the reading area in St Thomas’ library. Group reading and dramatic readings are used in classroom settings to open up texts and allow stronger student engagement. Students are taught to express themselves through a variety of writing styles. An emphasis is put on oral presentation from 1st year through to 6th year in English.


As a department we strive to bring each year group to a live theatre performance annually. Where this is not possible, we facilitate class productions in our Concert Hall. Our curriculum is enhanced by our extensive extra-curricular programme, which includes Poetry Aloud, Debate Club, Book Club, Film Club, Drama and Readathon to name a few. We encourage all our students to find their own medium in order to fully express themselves.

 The English Department

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Junior Cycle English


Our Junior Cycle Curriculum explores a range of literature. Students will both analyse and critically assess their studied texts through lessons designed to reach each student of all learning abilities. A portfolio of work including assignments that are creative, innovative and relative is maintained throughout the year, inspiring students to engage further in their English studies.


Further Information on Junior Cycle English

Transition Year English


Our Transition Year programme in English provides a range of modules which include, but are not limited to:


An Appreciation of Shakespeare

Film Studies

An insight into Poetry

Public Speaking

Creative Writing

Read and Research programme.

Women in Literature

Irish Writers


Students complete numerous workshops and projects to compliment the body of work they complete throughout the year.


Senior Cycle English


Senior Cycle curriculum is focused on the syllabus for the Leaving Certificate. Students gain exposure to a range of writing styles and explore their studied texts through relatable teaching strategies. Students receive detailed feedback on their assignments and are provided with a structured approach to answering the requirements of the Leaving Cert English paper.