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Our Lady of Lourdes School, Ballymoney

Modern Languages


Members of the Department

Mrs Siobhan Devlin (French, Head of Department, Head of Year)

Mrs Audrey Turley (Irish, Head of Year)


Students will:

  • develop an understanding of written and spoken language in a variety of contexts
  • develop the ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken language, using a variety of vocabulary, syntax and structures
  • develop knowledge of the language and language-learning skills
  • develop an awareness and understanding of target-language speaking countries and communities
  • recognise that their linguistic knowledge, understanding and skills help them to take their place in society and facilitate career choice
  • derive enjoyment from language learning

GCSE Structure and Assessment in Years 11 and 12

We currently offer French, Irish and Polish at GCSE and follow the CCEA or AQA specifications.

  • Speaking: 2 Controlled Assessments worth 15% each
  • Writing: 2 Controlled Assessments worth 15% each
  • Listening: Terminal Exam worth 20%
  • Reading: Terminal Exam worth 20%


Homework tasks are designed to consolidate and extend ideas and concepts that have been taught in class. They are also designed to give students time to revise vocabulary and grammar to strengthen their understanding.

Consistent independent learning is crucial in languages and needs to be done on a nightly basis, especially with vocabulary and grammar. We would therefore encourage parents to actively participate in their child’s learning by testing them regularly on grammar and vocabulary.



30th Aug 2022
Staff, Pupils and Parents are delighted with our Record Breaking Results at OLOL...
26th Oct 2021
Our Year 9 French class had great fun making Crêpes on Non Uniform Day!
22nd Aug 2019
Outstanding GCSE Results at Our Lady of Lourdes School, Ballymoney Once again the...