February 27, 2018

Cinnte! 2 and 3

Cinnte! 2 and 3, written specifically for the new Junior Cycle by our highly successful author team – Yvonne O’Toole and Elizabeth Wade – completes the three-book series that will prepare students for both the JC Irish Ordinary Level (Cinnte! 2) and Higher Level (Cinnte! 3) course.

These textbooks comprehensively cover the new Irish Specification and the Framework for Junior Cycle and are engaging, imaginative and innovative in their approach.

Student Textbooks

  • Cinnte! 2 (Ordinary Level) and Cinnte! 3 (Higher Level) build on the skills that were developed in Cinnte! 1, integrating all three strands of the Specification
  • Following a thematic approach to teaching Irish, Cinnte! promotes personalised learning and encourages students to explore different ways of developing and improving their language skills
  • Students are encouraged to take control of their learning and are challenged in multiple ways using a variety of teaching methodologies
  • Written, oral, aural and reading skills are developed in each unit
  • Cross-curricular activities and a skills box at the beginning of each unit categorises the learning outcomes that students will achieve
  • Grammar is taught in an integrated manner and through a separate grammar unit
  • In Cinnte! 2, there are two units dedicated to the four provinces of Ireland with cultural themes within the textbook, along with a chapter covering literature recommended by the NCCA
  • In Cinnte! 3, there are two units dedicated to Irish culture: General and Literature. General covers Gaeltacht areas, music, sport, writers, etc. and Literature covers the literature prescribed by the NCCA
  • All material is modern, colourful, creative and age-appropriate
  • Activities suitable for class-based assessments 1 and 2 are highlighted throughout
  • Differentiated activities allow for students of all abilities to enjoy the material
  • Includes a range of self-assessment, peer-assessment and group work activities
  • Aural work is integrated in each of the units
  • Includes a selection of graphic organiser diagrams throughout
  • Students will enjoy the active learning approach and the communicative approach that the book takes to teaching Irish

Portfolio (Punann)/Self-Assessment

  • FREE Leabhar Phunainne agus Féinmheasúnaithe allows students to put their new knowledge into practice
  • Develops reflective and independent learning and is integrated with the textbook
  • Includes project/research work (e.g. research your family name, write a story).
    • Students can choose from a range of activities as part of their class-based assessments
  • Includes a selection of graphic organiser diagrams throughout
  • Self-assessment element allows students to reflect on their progress and plan for areas they need to work on
  • Also contains peer-assessment activities

Teacher’s Resources

A comprehensive teacher’s pack accompanies Cinnte! 2 and 3 including:

  • Teacher’s Resource Book with transcripts for the recorded material
  • Class plans and extra teaching resources
  • Sample lesson plan and a scheme of work
  • Samples of graphic organiser diagrams
  • Free Teacher’s CD with integrated listening activities that focus on conversation; allows students to listen to native Irish speakers and covers different dialects

Digital Resources


The digital resources for Cinnte! 1, 2 and 3 support the Junior Cycle Specification’s emphasis on the use of modern technology in the classroom and are designed to cater for different learning styles.

Each chapter of each book is supported by digital resources that are integrated for easy reference and lesson planning.

Teachers can access the Cinnte! interactive e-books at www.edcolearning.ie, plus a bank of free digital resources, including:

  • FREE student website with interactive grammar and language activities and quizzes
  • Animations based on Léamhthuiscint pieces to bring the Irish language to life
  • Worksheets for each animation
  • Useful weblinks
  • Editable lesson plans
  • Audio CD tracks in digital format
  • Easy-to-use, ready-made editable PowerPoints that highlight key vocabulary (available for Cinnte! 2 and 3)

FREE e-book

  • Students and teachers can download their free Cinnte! 2 or 3 e-book by visiting www.edcolearning.ie/code and entering the code from inside the front cover of the textbook.