Conradh na Gaeilge autumn courses cater for every age group, ability & aspiration
Whether you’re a parent looking to help your children with their Irish homework, a retiree hoping to practise your cúpla focal in your free time, or simply someone with an interest in Irish, Conradh na Gaeilge has a course for everyone and anyone looking to improve their Irish-language skills in the classroom and beyond this September - and each 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 on Irish courses booked via www.cnag.ie/courses in both Dublin and Galway again this year. A 10-week Irish-language course in the capital 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 if you recommend to a friend to do a course this term and use the promotional code CARA2015 when booking.
The 10-week term of evening classes in Dublin starts Monday, 21 September 2015, 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 Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday nights.
Conradh na Gaeilge courses in Dublin are unique in that they offer students the opportunity to immediately use the Irish they have learned in the classroom in a social setting when the classes break for complimentary tea and coffee at 8.00pm, allowing for all participants to socialise through the medium of Irish in a relaxed and informal setting downstairs in Club Chonradh na Gaeilge.
John Ó Liodáin, Multimedia & Central Awareness Point Executive with Conradh na Gaeilge, coordinates the Irish-language courses and says:
"Conradh na Gaeilge classes connect our language learners to the Irish-language community in a very tangible way, and our customers love the way the Conradh can offer an extended network of Irish-language events and social connections to aid their language learning. The language skills you learn here can be directly applied to real life in a social and cultural context, and the complimentary tea and biscuits at break in Club Chonradh na Gaeilge go down a treat in Dublin every term too!”
In Galway, the 10-week courses start a week later on Monday, 28 September 2015, and consist of 15 hours of tuition at 6 levels from either 6.30pm or 8.00pm on a choice of Monday or Tuesday nights for only €145. Club Áras na nGael also hosts a teacher-facilitated Learners’ Night, Oíche na bhFoghlaimeoirí, at 45 Dominic Street at 8.30pm every Wednesday as an opportunity to use the language outside the classroom setting.
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 both 6 Harcourt Street, Dublin, and in 45 Dominic Street, Galway, throughout autumn. Free taster Irish-language lessons will be open to the Dublin public as part of the Culture Night celebrations as Gaeilge in 6 Harcourt Street from 5.00 – 11.00pm on Friday, 18 September 2015, while Áras na nGael in Galway will run a preparation course for the Leaving Certificate oral exam on Thursdays from 5.00pm – 6.30pm, giving students the tools to gain confidence speaking Irish in time for April as well as instilling a love of the language in participants.
Baba Ní Fhlatharta, Development Officer with Conradh na Gaeilge in Galway says:
"The cognitive benefits of bilingualism for all age groups have been proven the world over, so learning Irish with Conradh na Gaeilge is not only a great way to keep your mind sharp and enhance your CV for less than €10 a week, but it’s a brilliant way to socialise and immerse yourself in one of the most enjoyable and unique aspects of Irish culture.”
John Ó Liodáin
Multimedia & Central Awareness Point Executive, Conradh na Gaeilge
Baba Ní Fhlatharta
Development Officer, Conradh na Gaeilge
Conradh na Gaeilge is the democratic forum for the Irish-speaking community, and its main aim is to promote the use of Irish as the standard language in Ireland. The organisation works on behalf of the Irish language and the people who use it throughout the island of Ireland and around the world. There are almost 180 branches of Conradh na Gaeilge and it is also possible to register as an individual member. Since the establishment of Conradh na Gaeilge on the 31st July of 1893, its members have been active in promoting the Irish language in every aspect of life in Ireland – from legal matters and education issues, to developments in the media and Irish language services. Conraitheoirí are at the forefront of campaigns to secure and strengthen the rights of the Irish-language community, and all members of Conradh na Gaeilge work hard to develop the use of Irish in their own areas. Conradh na Gaeilge runs Irish-language courses in Dublin, Ennis, Galway, Limerick, Mayo, Newry, Tipperary, and elsewhere across Ireland. More information: www.cnag.ie/courses
Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (teg) provides a series of general Irish language proficiency examinations and qualifications for adult learners of Irish, and these exams are broadly based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Council of Europe, 2001). TEG exams give candidates an opportunity to show their ability in speaking, listening, reading and writing Irish at different levels, from absolute beginner to intermediate and advanced levels. Exams are offered at five levels at present and are taken each year by candidates with various levels of fluency. Candidates also have the option of taking the oral exam only, with a view to gaining specific certification in the spoken language. Exams take place in April and May each year in ten centres in Ireland and in four centres abroad. More information: www.teg.ie