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Access Volunteer Programme

The Access Volunteer Programme builds on the recognition that role models are an important feature of any young person's life. With this in mind, the programme recruits and trains Access students to become Ambassadors for the promotion of higher education. The primary aim of the programme is to raise the aspirations of second-level pupils in disadvantaged schools with regard to their progression to higher education.

Ambassadors, as role models and as living testament to the fact that it is possible to attend higher education irrespective of  background, visit schools to talk to second-level pupils about life as a higher level student. During these talks, Ambassadors aim to inspire, motivate and encourage second-level pupils to realise their full potential. These visits have been well received by second-level pupils as they can relate to the Ambassadors who are close in age to themselves.

The Programme is open to all existing Access students. Successful applicants will be provided with full training before completing school visits. Ambassadors have found this training very helpful as it teaches them how to deliver a presentation and instills confidence to speak in front of a group. These skills are put to use when students are required to make presentations as part of their course work.

A 'peer mentoring' aspect to the Programme was added in September 2009. In-coming first year access students are matched with an Access student from their faculty in order to ease the transition from second to third level education. Full 'peer support' training is provided for participating Ambassadors.

Other strands of Access Office pre-entry work to which Ambassadors provide a valuable contribution include the Look to the Future project, Orientation Days and Shadowing Days

Hours spent on this programmes can be accredited for the President's Volunteer Award.

Further information on the President's Volunteer Award can be found at http://www.ul.ie/volunteer

Student leader positions for the Transition to University Course (TUC) week are also filled by Ambassadors.

If you are an Access student and you feel you would like an opportunity to give something back to the Access Office and local communities by becoming a Student Ambassador, or should you require any further information about the Access Volunteer Programme, please contact Deirdre O'Connor, Access Volunteer Programme Co-ordinator on 061 23-4121 or at deirdre.m.oconnor@ul.ie




Writing tasks


1. La Vuelta al Colegio

Classroom objects and school vocab


Describing how you feel about being back at school

El Futuro ‘Informal’ – IR A & INFINITIVE


El Futuro Simple – INFINTIVE & ENDINGS


12 irregular future tense verbs (page 10)


Nouns: gender, plurals


Sample email/letter(informal writting)


Sample diary entry

Informal writing (letter/email):




Besos/Un abrazo/Hasta pronto/Un fuerte abrazo/Besos y abrazos


Diary entry:

. Top right corner:

Martes 8 june, 20 horas.


Querido diario:

Te escribo unas lineas desde mi cama.

. Sign off:

Hasta luego/Buenas noches/ Hasta pronto and your name


2. El Verano Pasado

El verano pasado




El Tiempo/ pronòstico del tiempo – vocab & weather forecasts


El Pretérito Indefinido (Past Simple)

Irregular verbs (page 30)


El Pretérito Imperfecto (Used to)

Irregular verbs (page 32)


Sample dialogue

Dialogue writing is worth 30 marks

Use expression that you have prepared for your oral exam.


. Y: (E)

padre e hijo/ Juan e Inès

. O: (U)

mujer  u hombre/ Antonio u Oscar


3. Mi Colegio

El sistema educativo español


Describing your school, facilities, uniform, subjects, teachers, rules


La ropa – vocab


Mi Rutina Diaria 

El Presente

Radical changing verbs


Usos de TENER

Ser v Estar


Reflexive verbs



Opinion writing




Opinion writing is worth 50 marks( 25 for language and 25 for content)

Max 150 words


. 1st paragraph: say if you agree or disagree with statement

Eg: Personalmente, opino que...


En mi opinion....

En cuanto a mì,....


. Paragraphs 2, 3 and 4 should have a different argument

Eg. Estoy totalmente de acuerdo porque....

Me parece una buena idea que....

Me parece exagerado decir que...

No estoy de acuerdo con ...

Desde mi punto de vista...

Parece ser que...

No se puede negar que...

Es verdad que...


.Closing paragraph to sum up ideas just made.

Eg.  En conclusion, podemos decir que...

De esto se puede concluir que...

De lo que acabo de decir se puede concluir que...


4. Todo Sobre Mí

Describing yourself and others: age, birthday, personality, appearance, profession, relationship, interests


La familia: describing relationships


Expressing large numbers


Mi mejor amigo

La importancia de los amigos



Adjectives – agreement, comparatives & superlatives

Demonstrative adjectives


El Pretérito Perfecto



Descripciòn fìsica y caràcter

Lo + adjective

Eg: Lo interesante/ lo bueno

5. Mi casa, mi barrio y mi ciudad

Describing your area & your city

La casa – vocabulario

Describing your room


Las tareas domésticas

(La igualdad de género en el hogar)

Adverbios de tiempo


El Condicional



Vivir en la ciudad

Vivir en la ciudad


Sample email