Whether you're looking to confront today's difficult employment prospects by upskilling your language abilities, or if you're simply looking to use your cúpla focal for Bliain na Gaeilge 2013, Conradh na Gaeilge has a course to realise your New Year's resolution - and every course is cheaper for every friend you recommend!
Conradh na Gaeilge is renowned for teaching Irish to adult learners since its foundation in 1893 and is offering the best price in the capital on Irish courses again this year: a 10-week course costs only €180 for 20 hours of tuition, while the discount rate of only €160 is available to OAPs, former pupils, students, the unemployed or to you if you recommend a friend to do a Conradh na Gaeilge course this term too.
The 10-week term of evening classes will start Tuesday night, 22 January 2013, from 7.00 - 9.00pm in 6 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2. The courses consist of 2-hour classes one night a week in Conradh na Gaeilge and there are a total of nine class levels to choose from on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday nights.
Brenda Ní Ghairbhí, Conradh na Gaeilge Course Coordinator says: "From Leaving Cert students wanting to up their confidence speaking Irish by April, or parents with children in a Gaelscoil looking to practise their cúpla focal to use at home, there are countless people who decide to improve their language skills every January. Learning Irish still tops the New Year's resolution list for people across the country 120 years after the founding of Conradh na Gaeilge, and our courses are a perfect way to get 2013 off to a successful start!"
Conradh na Gaeilge evening classes comply with Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge syllabi and the courses cater for all learner levels, though there is also a wide choice of other courses on offer in 6 Harcourt Street throughout the term. Another 10-week course preparing 5th or 6th Year Leaving Cert students for the Irish oral exam will commence Tuesday evening, 15 January 2013, from 5.00 - 6.30pm, and intensive day courses will start early in 2013 for applicants doing the Irish interview as part of the primary school teaching postgrad application.
Costing only €140 and €100 respectively, these courses with Conradh na Gaeilge give participants guidance and a chance to practice and improve their spoken Irish by means of group work and role-play, in addition to handouts, a mock interview with personal feedback and pointers on the most common mistakes, with an emphasis on relevant topics, useful terms, pronunciation and interview skills all included.
Brenda Ní Ghairbhí,
Course Coordinator, Conradh na Gaeilge.
+353 (0)1 4757401 / +353 (0)86 3649776
Máire Ní Dhuiginn,
Receptionist, Conradh na Gaeilge.
Conradh na Gaeilge is the democratic forum for the Irish-speaking community working to promote the language. There are over 200 branches of Conradh na Gaeilge and since its foundation in 1893, members of the Conradh have been actively promoting Irish in every aspect of life in Ireland and especially its use in their own areas. Conraitheoirí are at the forefront of campaigns to secure and strengthen the rights of the Irish language community. It is also possible to register as an individual member of the Conradh. Conradh na Gaeilge runs Irish courses in Dublin, Galway, Mayo, Tipperary and other places throughout the country as well. www.cnag.ie/courses
Aontas Phobal na Gaeilge (APG) is an alliance of Irish-language organisations working to promote Irish across Ireland and the world through more strategic language-planning. Aontas Phobal na Gaeilge consists of Comhaltas Uladh, Comhluadar, Conradh na Gaeilge, Glór na nGael and Seachtain na Gaeilge, organisations dealing with different aspects of the promotion of Irish in the community that came together to form a working alliance that would ensure a better provision of services and more value for money. www.aontaspg.ie
Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (teg) is an examination system for adult learners of Irish that is linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Council of Europe, 2001). Examinations test the four skills: Speaking, Listening Comprehension, Reading Comprehension and Writing. Examinations are currently available at five levels from Absolute Beginners (A1) to Advanced 1 (C1). A further level, Advanced 2 (C2), is in the process of development. www.teg.ie
Bliain na Gaeilge 2013 is a year of festivities celebrating the Irish language and will include different fun and exciting events organised both locally and nationally throughout Ireland to inspire the public to use their Irish regularly. Join In - Bígí Linn - Let's Celebrate Our Language! www.gaeilge2013.ie
What can you do as part of Bliain na Gaeilge 2013?
• Use Irish with your friends, your relatives, your colleagues and anyone else you can in 2013
• Check out all the events on our website at www.gaeilge2013.ie & go along to some of them
• Take part in the competitions - there are great prizes to be won!
• Make the decision to improve your Irish or learn it from scratch in 2013 - you could even take part in the Líofa 2015 initiative
• Go on holidays to the Gaeltacht
• Encourage friends from abroad to come to Ireland in 2013 to attend some Bliain na Gaeilge events and to take part in The Gathering Ireland 2013
• Buy products made in Ireland to help support the environment in which we're promoting Irish