This online summer course, which is worth 3 EPV days, is aimed at those who have a reasonably good standard of spoken Irish but whose knowledge of the grammar of the language is limited. The emphasis is on aspects of the language that are not too complicated and that the participants will be able to learn without much difficulty.
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The rules are explained in a simple, accessible way and an attempt has been made to avoid complicated terminology. The grammatical explanations are concise and throughout the course the author draws attention to patterns and to the way in which various structures are used in everyday speech and in the written language.
The course is bilingual - each sentence in Irish is translated into English.
The main objectives of the course are:
- to improve the participants’ standard of Irish by explaining the core aspects of grammar in a clear, concise manner
- to draw the teachers’ attention to the importance of accuracy in Irish and to encourage them to put what they have learnt into practice in the classroom, something that will benefit both themselves and their pupils
- to give teachers an opportunity to exchange practical ideas for the classroom through the discussion forum.
The course does not aim to give a comprehensive account of Irish grammar, rather it concentrates on some of the core aspects of the grammar and on points that come up regularly in the classroom.
- Part 1: The Noun
- Part 2: The Adjective
- Part 1: Simple Prepositions / Simple Prepositions and the Article
- Part 2: Personal Pronouns and Prepositional Pronouns
- Part 1: The Imperative Mood
- Part 2: The Past Tense
- Part 1: The Cardinal Numbers
- Part 2: The Personal Numbers / Dates and Ordinal Numbers
- Part 1: Location, Movement and Time
- Part 2: Possessive Adjectives
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
There are five modules in the course Accuracy in Irish (Basic) for Primary School Teachers and each module contains a mixture of grammatical explanation and exercises. After you have read some grammar rules, you have an opportunity to try several exercises based on those rules. Approximately twenty hours must be spent online and off-line on those activities.
All the exercises are interactive. Once you’ve 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 given the correct answers and a score. These exercises are not assessed; their aim is to stimulate the user’s interaction with the course content, and to give him/her the opportunity to practise what he/she has learned.
When can I register for the course?
When can I start the course?
Any time from the beginning of July onwards. In order to earn 3 EPV days, the course must be completed between 3 July 2023 and 18 August 2023.
By what date will I have to have completed the course?
By 18 August 2023. In order to earn 3 EPV days, the course must be completed some time between 3 July 2023 and 18 August 2023. During that period it’s up to you to decide when to study the course content.
What work will I have to do in each module?
You will have to read the material in the module and do all the interactive exercises. When you have done all that work, you will have to answer the interactive question at the end of the module. You must post this answer on the course forum. You must publish at least one post per module in the forums aside from answering the interactive questions. At the very end of the course, you must answer the reflective question. Again, you must post your answer on the course forum.
How many hours must I spend doing the course work?
Approximately 20 hours.
Is the course material written in Irish or in English?
The course is bilingual - each sentence in Irish is translated into English.
Will I have to answer the interactive question at the end of each module in Irish?
No. We would encourage you to use as much Irish as possible in your answers, but you can use English if you need to.
Can I undertake the course using my smartphone or my tablet computer. e.g. iPad?
Most of ranganna.com can be used on smartphones and tablet computers, however the site’s multimedia content does not work on all devices. It would be advisable, therefore, to try a sample unit of the course you’re interested in on the device before registering for that course.
What happens if I have a question?
Write it on the forum or write to your course facilitator.
Can I do more than one course?
Absolutely! Department of Education criteria for online courses stipulate that participants may complete one online course for the awarding of 3 EPV days, two online courses for 4 EPV days and three online courses for 5 EPV days.
How will I know when I have completed the course?
You will have completed the course when:
You will receive your certificate and CPD record within two weeks of having completed the course. It takes a little while to compile the answers, and to prepare the certificate and record.
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