Leaving Certificate Japanese

Amy Murphy has started a web site guide to Leaving Certificate Japanese. Having taught herself Japanese successfully for the 2009 Leaving, she is now passing on her enthusiasm and insights to other candidates.
If you live in Ireland, Leaving Cert Japanese is worth a look.
Self-motivated and self-led learning is a completely different experience to the rigidity of most secondary school language programs.

31. May 2010 by ロバート
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Comments (3)

  1. Certainly share your opinion ‘Self-motivated and self-led learning is a completely different experience to the rigidity of most secondary school language programs.’

    Without internal interest and drive, the task for any teacher to motivate the student is much harder.

    Kind regards,


  2. I actually wanted to comment on the 2008 post about Leaving Cert Japanese, but wasn’t able to. I’m currently in Nagoya and thinking seriously of taking my family back to live in Ireland next summer. My wife is Japanese and a teacher of the language at the international school here, so any info on how and where it is taught in Ireland is very useful. It’s good to learn from this site (and Amy Murphy’s site that you linked to) that there is solid and growing interest in Japanese. My kids (9, 7 & 4) would have a hard time keeping up with the study of Irish, so it’s good to know they would at least have the relatively easy (for them) option of Japanese for the Leaving.

    We have a lot of decisions and plans yet to make but having some confidence about either landing a job or being able to find private students has put my wife’s mind at ease. As for myself, I passed the JLPT2 many moons ago and never progressed onto level 1. I should probably polish up my grammar and vocab and give it a go as it would no doubt help my resume at home. I’ll probably continue to run the Japan Zone website but would likely need to supplement that income with a steady job.

    • Sorry for the delay in approving and replying to your comment. I closed comments on the other post because it was attracting a lot of spam for some reason.

      I can’t imagine giving up Nagoya for Ireland, but the grass is always greener as they say. You’re probably in for a culture shock starting with the large fee for a spousal visa! Your children (or at least the eldest) may not have to take Irish as they were outside the country for so long, at least that used to be the case.

      Good luck if you decide to make the move.

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