This online summer course, which is worth 3 EPV days, is aimed at primary school teachers who are interested in getting new ideas for teaching Irish in the classroom and who would like to learn about using the communicative approach in their teaching. In each module two sample lessons based on themes from the curriculum are presented and the emphasis in these lessons is on the communicative approach. The pre-communicative, the communicative and the post-communicative phases are included in the case of each lesson. Although we would encourage you to use as much Irish as possible in your answers, you can use English if you need to.
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The main objectives of the course are:
- to give teachers a better understanding of the communicative approach and to show them how to use it more effectively in their teaching
- to give teachers new ideas for teaching Irish and to enable them to implement these ideas in the classroom in order to improve the standard teaching in Irish class, to inspire interest in the language and to improve the ability of pupils to communicate
- to improve teachers’ Irish language skills and to give them confidence in teaching the language.
- 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 this course and each module contains a mixture of sample lessons, sample activities, useful vocabulary, videos and exercises.
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 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 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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