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Irish 204: Irish language and Culture for Adults

Discover the wonders of the Irish language and the rich history of Irish culture in this language course for adults.

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Irish 204: Irish language and Culture for Adults

Learn everyday Irish using practical examples

Irish is a fascinating and ancient language, intertwined with millennia of history and culture.

On this course, you’ll discover how to speak everyday Irish, learning key phrases for shopping, travel, and study. Developing from Irish 203, you’ll explore the essentials of Irish grammar, learning to engage with elements of Irish culture and mythology through storytelling, music, literature, and song.

Whether you’re planning to visit Ireland, or are part of the Irish diaspora wanting to discover more about your history, this is the perfect place to start moving to intermediate Irish.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Week 1 - Cúrsaí Siopadóireachta/Shopping

    • Fáilte go Irish 204/Welcome to Irish 204

      In this activity, learners will be introduced to Irish 204 and will find out what will be learned throughout the course.

    • Cúrsaí Siopadóireachta/Shopping

      In this activity, learners will learn all about how to purchase and sell items as well as inquiring about the price of an item and hoe to describe items.

    • Bronntanais/Presents

      In this activity, learners will learn how to buy presents and how to describe the presents they received for different occasions.

    • Cad a cheapann tú?/What do you think?

      In this activity, learners will learn how to offer their opinion on different products and gifts.

    • Athbhreithniú/Review

      In this activity, learners will engage in different steps that will enable them to use the skills they have learned so far throughout the course.

    • Saol na Gaeilge in DCU/Irish-language community in DCU

      In this activity, learners will be given further insight into the Irish-language community in DCU through an interview with the Irish Language Officer, Siobhán Seoighe.

    • Cultúr na hÉireann/Irish Culture

      In this activity, we will learn some more about Irish culture. This week we will look at traditional Irish crafts.

    • Céard atá foghlamtha agat?/What have you learned?

      In this activity, learners will be given the opportunity to reflect on everything they have learned in Week 1 of Irish 204.

  • Week 2

    Week 2 - Coinní & Socruithe/Meetings & Appointments

    • Fáilte go Seachtain 2/Welcome to Week 2

      In this activity, learners will be introduced to the content that will be covered in Week 2 of Irish 204.

    • Coinní agus Socruithe/Appointments and Arrangements

      In this activity, learners will learn how to make appointments and arrangements.

    • Ar athló agus Ar ceal/Postponed and Cancelled

      In this activity, learners will learn how to accept and decline invitations to meetings and events.

    • Saol na Gaeilge in DCU/Irish-language community in DCU

      In this activity, learners will be provided more insight into the Irish-language community in DCU through an interview with the DCU Students Union officials.

    • Cultúr na hÉireann/Irish Culture

      In this activity, learners will learn more about Irish culture, this time by taking a look at traditional Irish funeral practices.

    • Céard atá foghlamtha agat?/What have you learned?

      In this activity, learners will be given the opportunity to reflect on what they have learned so far throughout Week 2 of Irish 204.

  • Week 3

    Week 3 - Taisteal & Saoire/Travel & Holidays

    • Fáilte go Seachtain 3/Welcome to Week 3

      In this activity, learners will be introduced to the topics that will be covered throughout Week 3 of Irish 204.

    • Taisteal agus Saoirí/Travel and Vacations

      In this activity, learners will learn how to discuss their travels and vacations, where they have been and to ask others where they have been abroad.

    • Gníomhaíochtaí Saoire/Vacation Activities

      In this activity, learners will learn to discuss the activities they undertake while on vacation.

    • Cúrsaí Aimsire/Regarding the Weather

      In this activity, learners will learn how to ask about and how to discuss the weather and about how to describe the weather they experienced while on vacation.

    • Cleachtaimis/Let's practise

      In this activity, learners will be given the opportunity to put what they have learned in Week 3 of Irish 204 into practice.

    • Cultúr na hÉireann/Irish Culture

      In this activity, learners will learn more about Irish culture through learning about common beliefs and associations with the weather in Ireland.

    • Céard atá foghlamtha agat?/What have you learned?

      In this activity, learners will get the opportunity to reflect on what they have learned throughout Irish 204.

  • Week 4

    Week 4 - Taisteal/Travelling

    • Fáilte go Seachtain 4/Welcome to Week 4

      In this activity, learners will be introduced to the content that will be covered throughout Week 4 of Irish 204.

    • Taisteal agus Saoirí/Travel and Vacations

      In this activity, learners will get to review what they have learned about travel and vacations.

    • Cúrsaí Taistil/Modes of Travel

      In this activity, learners will learn how to discuss the different modes of travel they used to go on holiday and while on holiday.

    • Ag cur Saoire in áireamh/Booking a Vacation

      In this activity, learners will learn about how to book holidays and accommodation and to inquire about the associated costs.

    • Athbhreithniú/Review

      In this activity, learners will be given the opportunity to reflect on what they have learned this week on Irish 204.

    • Saol na Gaeilge in DCU/Irish-language community in DCU

      In this activity, learners will engage with an interview with librarian Orla Nic Aodha about Irish in DCU.

    • Cultúr na hÉireann/Irish Culture

      In this activity, learners will learn about Irish culture by learning about Irish language speakers and learners abroad.

    • Céard atá foghlamtha agat?/What have you learned?

      In this activity, learners will be given the chance to reflect on what tbey have learned throughout the course of Irish 204.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Discuss shopping in Irish, such as purchasing clothes, furniture and other items.
  • Describe formal and informal arrangements and how to cancel or postpone an event.
  • Compare and give information about travel, holidays and the weather in Irish.
  • Engage with pieces of spoken and written Irish based on the themes of the course.
  • Develop short written tasks using set phrases relating to specific topics covered in the course.
  • Explain orally information and opinions in Irish relating to the themes of the course.
  • Learn 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?

The course is aimed at adult elementary language learners wanting to work towards intermediate level Irish, including the Irish diaspora, international Irish language and cultural enthusiasts, indigenous learners of the language who wish to learn more about the language, and anyone who wants to learn the basics of Irish and the culture associated with it.

Who will you learn with?

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.

Associate Professor and Senior Researcher in Dublin City University. Head of the Ideas Lab in the National Institute for Digital Learning@DCU - @1MNGM

I am an educator, senior project manager & lecture through Irish in Dublin City University. I enjoy helping learners, learn online, speak Irish & discover the rich culture woven through the language.

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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