Gallen CS has a very active and vibrant English Department. The new Junior Cycle (JC) English specifications are in their fifth year of operation now. They provide fresh and exciting opportunities for students here to encounter a wide range of texts, films, plays, and poetry as well as building on fundamental reading, writing, research, and presentation skills.
The Transition Year (TY) English program is made up of an introduction to film making, culminating in the production of a student-led short film. At Leaving Certificate, students will study one Single Text (A Shakespearean Play), three comparative texts (a film, a novel, and either another novel or contemporary play). In addition to these texts, students will explore a wide range of poetry and continue to develop their functional and creative writing skills. There is also a school outing to a professional production of their studied Shakespearean play in sixth year which serves very well as revision for the LC exams.