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Irish 205: Irish language and Culture for Adults

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

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.

What topics will you cover?

  • Learn how to discuss languages in Irish and compare different languages to each other
  • Enquire about the language(s) someone speaks and discuss language-learning, including lessons and examinations
  • Learn how to describe different radio and television programmes in Irish and talk about one’s opinions regarding these programmes
  • Learn how to talk about different types of literature in Irish
  • Learn how to describe one’s plans for the weekend in Irish
  • Explore aspects of Irish grammar
  • Discover the connection of the language with Irish culture

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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 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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