Gaeilge gan Stró! – Beginners Level is a multimedia language course for adult learners of Irish. It’s aimed at those who have not previously studied Irish or who only know a few words of the language. The course is intended for learners working by themselves and seeks to give them the confidence and language skills necessary to communicate in Irish in everyday situations. The emphasis is on developing speaking and listening skills but learners are also given some opportunities to read and write the language. Grammar is taught in context, as it’s required.
Gaeilge gan Stró! – Beginners Level aims to help the learner who undertakes the course to:
- understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases
- introduce himself/herself and others and ask and answer questions about everyday life and personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has
- interact in a simple way in social settings with speakers of Irish
- learn core vocabulary
- gain a basic understanding of various aspects of grammar
Gaeilge gan Stró! – Beginners Level is based on syllabus A1, Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge, and on Gaelchultúr’s classes at beginners level (Courses A, B and C). The emphasis is on everyday speech and useful words and phrases are taught which will help the learner talk about himself and his life. There are sound files available throughout the course, enabling learners to listen as often as they like to the new words and phrases being taught in each unit.
- Meeting People 13 lessons
- Your Background and Where You Live 11 lessons
- The Family 14 lessons
- The House and Accommodation 9 lessons
- Pastimes 9 lessons
- Daily Life 14 lessons
- Talents and Skills 14 lessons
- Work 14 lessons
- Food and Drink 14 lessons
- Health Matters 14 lessons
- Clothes and Shopping 14 lessons
- Requests and Commands 14 lessons
- Last Weekend 14 lessons
- Holidays and Travel 14 lessons
- Making Arrangements 14 lessons
- 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.
As this course is aimed at beginners, most of the explanations and instructions are in English, and each sentence in Irish is translated into English. Subtitles are used occasionally, particularly in the exercises. Where subtitles are provided, you can click on the ‘Taispeáin Fotheidil’ / ‘Show Subtitles’ button in the top right-hand corner of the screen to access all the subtitles on that page. Alternatively, you can click on the plus sign beside individual sentences to see the subtitles for that sentence alone.
All of the written exercises in the course are interactive. Once you’ve completed an exercise, you can click on the ‘Seol’ (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.
At the beginning of each unit, you’re told what aspects of the language are the focus of that unit.
In order to move from one screen to another all you need to do is click on the Right arrow icon, which appears on the right-hand side, at the top and bottom of each screen. You can also click on any line of text under the words ‘PLEAN AN AONAID’ (Unit Plan) on the left-hand of the screen in order to access another part of the unit.
On the last page of each unit, ‘an leathanach scoir’ (Closing page), you are given an overview of the work that you have done in that unit and your total score for the unit. You are given several choices as well: to continue to the next unit, to go back on the unit that you have just completed, or go back to the very beginning of the course.
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