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Irish 205: Irish language and Culture for Adults

Develop your Irish language skills while exploring the richness of Irish culture.

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Irish 205: Irish language and Culture for Adults

339 enrolled on this course

  • 4 weeks

  • 4 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Intermediate level

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Work toward intermediate-level Irish using real-world examples

This course will let you progress your Irish, while delving into the varied culture of the country.

You’ll learn how to discuss languages in Irish, and compare different languages to each other. Following on from Irish 204, you’ll discover how to describe radio and TV shows in Irish, as well as discuss Irish literature, talking about your opinions of books and how to recommend a book to a friend.

You’ll learn how to describe your plans for the weekend, and examine Irish grammar in greater depth.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Teangacha/Languages

    • Fáilte go Irish 205

      Introduction to week 1, what to expect, what we will cover, welcome from course directors. Providing context to learners, creating a welcoming atmosphere.

    • Ag foghlaim teangacha/Learning languages

      Learners are introduced to the topic of the week (Languages) and will be prompted to discuss their opinions regarding learning languages. What languages they speak or have studied, what they like/dislike about learning languages.

    • Ag cur tuairimí in iúl faoi fhoghlaim teangacha/Expressing opinions about learning languages

      Learners will learn how to express positive and negative opinions regarding learning languages.

    • Cúrsaí teanga/Language courses

      Learners will learn to ask about and discuss different types of language courses they have completed or are undertaking currently.

    • Athbhreithniú/Review

      Learners will be presented with a short video which will highlight and revise some of the grammatical aspects covered up to this point. They will be encouraged to post any questions they have in the comments.

    • Pobal na Gaeilge/The Irish-language Community

      Learners will watch an interview with an Irish-speaker about their language-learning journey.

    • Cultúr na hÉireann/Irish Culture

      Learners will learn about the background, culture and some linguistic features of the Celtic Languages, focusing on Gaeilge and Gàidhlig

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

      Opportunity to pause and reflect on learning.

  • Week 2

    Teilifís agus Scannáin/Television and Movies

    • Fáilte go Seachtain 2/Welcome to Week 2

      Introduction to the second week of Irish 205, what to expect, what we will cover, welcome from course directors.

    • Caithimh Aimsire/Hobbies

      Learners will be prompted to think about and discuss the topic of this week which is television and movies.

    • Ag cur tuairimí in iúl/Expressing opinions

      Learners will learn how to ask what a particular movie or TV programme is about and express their opinion on them.

    • Athbhreithniú/Review

      Learners will be presented with a short video which will highlight and revise some of the grammatical aspects covered up to this point.

    • Pobal na Gaeilge/The Irish-language Community

      Learners will watch an interview with an Irish-speaker about their language-learning journey.

    • Cultúr na hÉireann/Irish Culture

      Learners will learn about the history and foundation of the Irish-language television station TnaG, about TG4 and some of its popular shows.

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

      Opportunity to pause and reflect on learning.

  • Week 3

    Léitheoireacht/Reading

    • Fáilte go Seachtain 3/Welcome to Week 3

      Introduction to week 3, what to expect, what we will cover, welcome from course directors. Providing context to learners, creating a welcoming atmosphere.

    • Caitheamh Aimsire/Hobbies

      Learners will be prompted to think about and discuss the topic of this week - Reading and Books.

    • Tuairimí/Opinions

      Learners will learn how to express their opinion about different types of books.

    • Ag déanamh moltaí/Making recommendations

      Learners will learn how to recommend books.

    • Cleachtaimis!/Let's practise!

      Learners will be presented with a short video which will highlight and revise some of the grammatical aspects covered up to this point. They will be encouraged to post any questions they have in the comments.

    • Pobal na Gaeilge/The Irish-language Community

      Learners will watch an interview with an Irish-speaker about their language-learning journey.

    • Cultúr na hÉireann/Irish Culture

      Spotlight on contemporary writing in Irish.

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

      Opportunity to pause and reflect on learning.

  • Week 4

    An tAm atá Amach Romhainn/The Time Ahead

    • Fáilte go Seachtain 4/Welcome to Week 4

      Introduction to week 4, what to expect, what we will cover, welcome from course directors. Providing context to learners, creating a welcoming atmosphere.

    • An tAm atá Amach Romhainn/The Time Ahead

      Provides an opportunity to reflect on the topic that will be covered.

    • Ócáidí/Occasions

      Learners will revise Irish terms for different occasions and learn how to ask and talk about plans people have for different occasions.

    • Ag moladh pleananna/Recommending plans

      Learners will learn how to recommend plans and how to accept/reject ideas.

    • Athbhreithniú/Review

      Learners will be presented with a short video which will highlight and revise some of the grammatical aspects covered up to this point.

    • Pobal na Gaeilge/The Irish-language Community

      Learners will watch an interview with an Irish-speaker about their language-learning journey.

    • Cultúr na hÉireann/Irish Culture

      Giving an understanding of Irish language writing and about some of the major figures in Irish culture.

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

      Opportunity to pause and reflect on learning.

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Discuss languages and language-learning in Irish.
  • Describe different television and radio shows and describe one’s opinions regarding this.
  • Summarise information about books and share opinions regarding literature in Irish.
  • Contribute information and talk about the future and plan for upcoming events in Irish.
  • Engage with pieces of spoken and written Irish based on the themes of the course.
  • Produce and compose short written tasks using set phrases relating to specific topics covered in the course.
  • Explain and express orally information and opinions in Irish relating to the themes of the course.
  • Apply and 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 members of the Irish diaspora, international language enthusiasts, and indigenous learners of the language who wish to learn more about 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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