Practical Irish for Primary School Teachers - 5th and 6th Class (2022)

This online summer course, which is worth 3 EPV days, is aimed at primary school teachers who are teaching 5th and/or 6th class. It is suitable for teachers who don’t feel confident speaking Irish and who wish, therefore, to develop their skills in the language.

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5 units
Interactive exercises
Discussion forum
Bilingual

Introduction

This online summer course, which is worth 3 EPV days, is aimed at primary school teachers who are teaching 5th and/or 6th class. It is suitable for teachers who don’t feel confident speaking Irish and who wish, therefore, to develop their skills in the language. The course is bilingual - each sentence in Irish is translated into English. Although we would encourage you to use as much Irish as possible in your answers, you can use English if you need to.

Want to earn 3 days and enrich your Irish and teaching skills at the same time? These courses are worth 3 EPV days and that’s not all - you will be given a year’s subscription to Ranganna.com, Gaelchultúr’s e-learning site and the best place to learn Irish online. If you’re not happy with the quality of your EPV course, you will receive a full refund! That’s how confident we are that you will find these courses really useful.*

The main objectives of the course are:

  • to teach the core vocabulary and grammar relating to the themes of the curriculum through enjoyable interactive activities, including role play activities
  • to give teachers the opportunity to develop their listening and speaking skills
  • to enable teachers to use Irish accurately and confidently in their teaching and in their communication with pupils
  • to give teachers an opportunity to share practical ideas and activities for the classroom with each other in the course discussion forum.

Important: Although there are many examples of conversational activities given in this course and many practical ideas for activities of this kind available in the course forum, ‘Practical Irish for Primary School Teachers’ is primarily a language course rather than a course on methodology.

*If you receive a refund on the course you will not be entitled to claiming EPV days through Gaelchultúr

Course Content

Module 1 - Mé féin and Sa bhaile

  1. Conversations, vocabulary, useful phrases and grammar relating to these themes
  2. Language functions: social interaction; giving and looking for information

Module 2 - Bia and Siopadóireacht

  1. Conversations, vocabulary, useful phrases and grammar relating to these themes
  2. Language functions: giving and seeking opinions

Module 3 - Caitheamh aimsire and An teilifís

  1. Conversations, vocabulary, useful phrases and grammar relating to these themes
  2. Language functions: influencing other people

Module 4 - An aimsir and Éadaí

  1. Conversations, vocabulary, useful phrases and grammar relating to these themes
  2. Language functions: looking for clarification in conversation

Module 5 - Ar scoil and Ócáidí speisialta

  1. Conversations, vocabulary, useful phrases and grammar relating to these themes
  2. Language functions: giving structure to a conversation
Unit Content
Key sounds
The pronunciations which the learner should focus on in that particular unit.
Useful information
The grammar relevant to the topic covered in the unit. This grammar is presented in context and in manageable chunks, and complicated terminology is avoided.
Conversations
Four dialogues, with accompanying translations into English. The language contained in these dialogues is natural and authentic, and reflects everyday usage.
Vocabulary and Useful phrases
Core vocabulary and useful phrases relating to the theme of the unit.
Exercises
A wide range of fun to-do activities based on the vocabulary and grammar presented in the unit. The written exercises are interactive. Once you’ve completed an exercise, you can click on the “Send” button and receive feedback immediately. You’re told which answers were correct and which were incorrect, you’re given the correct answers and a score. The oral exercises are accompanied by sounds files.
Insight
These short passages aim to give the learner information about the history of the Irish language and a better understanding of Irish in the contemporary world.
Useful tips for learners
Handy tips on how to become a more efficient language learner.
Talking heads
The ‘Talking heads’ section contains video segments featuring a range of speakers, filmed on location in Dublin and Galway.

Course guide

Course layout

There are five modules in this course and each module contains a mixture of grammatical explanation, useful vocabulary, conversations and exercises.

All the exercises are interactive. Once you have completed an exercise, you can then click on the ‘Seol’ (Send) button and receive feedback immediately. You’ll be told which answers were correct and which were incorrect, and you’ll be given the correct answers and a score.

At the beginning of each module, you’re told what the focus of that module is.

In order to move from one screen to another, all you have to do is click on the arrows which appear on the left-hand side (to go back) or on the right-hand side (to go forward), at the top and bottom of each screen. You can also click on any line of text under the words PLEAN AN AONAID on the left-hand side of the screen in order to access another part of the module.

On the last page of each module, An leathanach scoir, you’re given an overview of the work that you’ve done in that module and your total score for the module. You’re given several choices as well: to continue to the next module, to redo the module you’ve just completed, or go back to the very beginning of the course.

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