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Irish 201: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture

Learn about the rich culture found in the Irish language while developing your spoken, reading, listening and writing skills.

Irish 201: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture
  • Duration4 weeks
  • Weekly study4 hours

Learn how to describe your background, family and where you live in Irish

Build on your existing basic knowledge of the Irish language and culture. Whether you’re looking to work, study or travel in Ireland, gain a greater insight into the Irish language and improve your language skills on this engaging online course.

You will cover a range of topics that will help you speak and write about yourself, your home and family along with learning some aspects of Irish grammar. You will hear from Irish speakers who speak and use Irish everyday and learn more about Irish culture through literature, sport and music.

What topics will you cover?

  • Begin the next series of Irish language and culture courses aimed at those working towards intermediate level/level B1
  • Discuss oneself and and enquire about other people
  • Describe where you and others live and the facilities available there
  • Give your opinion and enquire about other’s opinions
  • Construct sentences and learn grammar in context
  • Discuss family members and activities
  • Talk about the home you live in
  • Course related Irish mythology, poetry, music and song

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe one’s personal background in Irish, such as place of birth, nationality, name, age and home address
  • Discuss one’s local area and place of residence
  • Describe one’s family in Irish
  • Discuss one’s accommodation in Irish
  • Engage with pieces of spoken and written Irish based on the themes of the course
  • Produce short written tasks using set phrases relating to specific topics covered in the course
  • Develop confidence to express information and opinions in Irish relating to the themes of the course
  • Explore different aspects of Irish grammar in context
  • Engage with elements of Irish culture and mythology through storytelling, music, literature and song

Who is the course for?

This course is for adult elementary language learners working towards an intermediate level of Irish, and anyone who wants to continue to learn the basics of Irish and the culture associated with it.

Who will you learn with?

Ciarán MacMurchaidh

Ciarán MacMurchaidh

Ollamh le Gaeilge in DCU. Eochair do chultúr agus d'oidhreacht na tíre í an Ghaeilge, dar liom.
Professor of Irish in DCU. I believe that Irish is a key to the culture and heritage of Ireland.

Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl

Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl

I am an associate professor of Information Technology here at Dublin City University. Supporting students to speak, engage and experience Irish in its many forms is a central facet of my role.

Conchúr Mac Lochlainn

Conchúr Mac Lochlainn

I am a designer and doctoral candidate working to better understand the motivations and self-concepts of those learning Irish. I enjoy helping learners explore both these themes and our language.

Caitríona Nic Giolla Mhichíl

Caitríona Nic Giolla Mhichíl

I am a teacher of Irish and History and lecture through Irish in Dublin City University. I enjoy helping those who wish to learn how to speak Irish and discover the rich culture woven through it.

Who developed the course?

Dublin City University

Dublin City University is a young, dynamic and ambitious Irish university with a distinctive mission to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation.


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