Dubliners will have a chance to kick-start their language skills again this autumn with Conradh na Gaeilge's 10-week Irish courses for adults starting 25 September 2012 for only €180, with further discounts available to former pupils, students, OAPs and the unemployed. The courses cater for all learner levels and run for two hours from 7.00 - 9.00pm on a choice of one night a week in the city centre at 6 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2.
Brenda Ní Ghairbhí, Conradh na Gaeilge's Course Coordinator says: "Whether you're a Leaving Cert student who needs to become a fluent conversationalist by April, or a parent with children in a Gaelscoil looking to practise your cúpla focal to use at home, Conradh na Gaeilge has an Irish course perfect for you this autumn!"
In light of the success of Leaving Cert classes launched last year, Conradh na Gaeilge is running a new 10-week course for students looking for guidance on how best to prepare for the Irish oral exam every Tuesday from 5.00 - 6.30pm, starting 25 September 2012. Conradh na Gaeilge will also run a second term of this preparation course from 15 January 2013; one term of classes costs only €140, or €260 for two terms, with additional discounts for students booking in groups. The course is given by an experienced teacher who will help prepare students for the new approach to the oral exam, worth 40% of the over-all marks for Irish.
For applicants to primary teaching postgrads needing to prepare for the Irish interview that forms part of the application process, Conradh na Gaeilge have a wide range of preparatory day courses to choose from between now and January 2013, starting with one on 14 October 2012. The Conradh courses give guidance and practice for the interview to applicants by means of group work, role-play and handouts, as well as a mock interview with feedback and pointers on the most common mistakes, all for only €100.
As Ní Ghairbhí explains: "Fluency in Irish can give prospective employees an extra edge when applying for positions, and the specific preparatory courses Conradh na Gaeilge offers for the primary teaching interview are hugely beneficial for building confidence in speaking Irish, as well as adding to your store of vocabulary."
Conradh na Gaeilge evening courses for adults also comply with Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge syllabi, which means students have the opportunity to take exams, run by NUI Maynooth, to gain an internationally-recognised European qualification in Irish based on class material and complimented by Irish-language events.
Brenda Ní Ghairbhí,
Course Coordinator, Conradh na Gaeilge.
01 4757401 / 086 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 Galway and in other places across 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, Comhar na Múinteoirí Gaeilge, 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