Learn Irish!

Irish and You

Gaeilge or Irish is the national language of the Republic of Ireland and a recognised minority language in Northern Ireland, in addition to being an official language of the European Union. Although Irish is no longer the most widely spoken language in Ireland it is still spoken frequently in many parts of the country, particularly in the west, and understood by many more who do not speak it regularly.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Irish government the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic is offering a range of courses to suit all needs, whether you just want to pick up some conversational Irish or work towards an official qualification in the language, such as Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (the European Certificate in Irish).


The Courses

The Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic will be offering FREE non-credit classes in Modern Irish at three levels in 2017-18, which are open to all staff and students of the university. The courses are oriented primarily towards competence in listening, speaking and reading.


Basic Level (Beginner)/Bonnleibhéal (Tosaitheoirí)

This course is suitable for students who have no previous knowledge of Irish. The course will develop students' communication skills and enable them to function through the medium of Irish in realistic and everyday situations; students will develop their understanding of the spoken and written language through various communicative activities.

Tá an cúrsa seo feiliúnach do mhic léinn nach bhfuil aon réamhthaithí acu ar an nGaeilge. Trí mheán an chúrsa seo, déanfar forbairt ar scileanna cumarsáide an mhic léinn agus cuirfear ar a c(h)umas feidhmiú go bunúsach trí mheán na Gaeilge i suímh réadúla laethúla; forbrófar tuiscint an mhic léinn ar an teanga labhartha agus scríofa trí mheán gníomhaíochtaí cumarsáideacha.


Intermediate Level/Meánleibhéal

It is the objective of this course to reinforce and develop the language skills of students who already have some basic knowledge of Irish. Communicative activities and the use of authentic materials (i.e. television programmes, newspapers, etc.) will help students to gain insight into the everyday usage of the Irish language.

Tá sé mar chuspóir ag an gcúrsa seo forbairt agus buanú a dhéanamh ar scileanna teanga an mhic léinn a bhfuil eolas áirithe ar an nGaeilge aige nó aici. Déanfar é seo tr&iacute úsáid a bhaint as gníomhaíochtaí cumarsáideacha agus úsáidfear ábhar dílis (is é sin, cláir theilifíse, nuachtáin, srl) ionas go bhfaighidh an mac léinn léargas ar ghnáthúsáid laethúil na Gaeilge.


Advanced Level/Ardleibhéal

Tá an cúrsa seo oiriúnach do dhaoine a bhfuil Gaeilge réasúnta líofa acu. Cuirtear béim ar chruinneas sa teanga labhartha agus sa teanga scríofa araon. Sí an Ghaeilge an t-aon teanga amháin a labhartar sa rang seo.


Location and Times - Updated for 2017-18

 

General Introductory Meeting

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All Modern Irish Classes are held in the English Faculty Building, Sidgwick Site, 9 West Road, CB3 9DP. Click here for a map of the Sidgwick Site.

Beginners Modern Irish:

  • The beginners course comprises 32 one-hour classes (16 classes in Michaelmas Term 2017 and a further 16 in Lent Term 2018). Students are expected to ideally attend all classes throughout the year.
  • In Michaelmas Term 2017 these classes are scheduled for Thursdays at 5:00pm (GR03) and Tuesdays at 4:00pm (GR03). The first class will be on Thursday 5th October 2017.
  • In Lent Term 2018 these classes are scheduled for Thursdays at 5:00pm (SR25) and Tuesdays at 4:00pm (GR03). The first class of Lent Term will be on Thursday 18th January 2018.
  • There are no classes in Easter Term.

Intermediate Level:

  • The intermediate course comprises 32 one-hour classes (16 classes in Michaelmas Term 2017 and a further 16 in Lent Term 2018). Students are expected to ideally attend all classes throughout the year.
  • In Michaelmas Term 2017 these classes are scheduled for Thursdays at 4:00pm (GR03) and Tuesdays at 5:00pm (GR03). The first class will be on Thursday 5th October 2017.
  • In Lent Term 2018 these classes are scheduled for Thursdays at 4:00pm (SR25) and Tuesdays at 5:00pm (GR03). The first class of Lent Term will be on Thursday 18th January 2018.
  • There are no classes in Easter Term.

Advanced Level:

  • The advanced course comprises 16 one-hour classes (8 classes in Michaelmas Term 2017 and a further 8 in Lent Term 2018). Students are expected to ideally attend all classes throughout the year.
  • In Michaelmas Term 2017 these classes are scheduled for Wednesdays at 4:00pm (SR25)and there will also be one other conversation hour TBA. The first class will be on Wednesday 11th October 2017.
  • In Lent Term 2018 these classes are scheduled for Wednesdays at 4:00pm (room tbc) and there will also be one other conversation hour TBA. The first class of Lent Term will be on Wednesday 24th January 2018.
  • There are no classes in Easter Term.

Conversation Evening / Oíche Comhrá:

For the past two years the Modern Irish students and teacher also engaged in a weekly Oíche Comhrá at a local pub.  This is not a class, but it offers Irish speakers and learners an opportunity to practice their Irish in an informal setting.  Irish speakers/ learners in the Cambridge community are welcome.

The Oíche Comhrá will resume in October 2017 (date to be confirmed), at the Free Press pub, Prospect Row, Cambridge, CB1 1DU. We will meet every Thursday evening throughout Michaelmas Term.  For location and directions see  http://www.freepresspub.com

 

For further information please contact the course instructor Dr Margo Griffin-Wilson tel: 01223 767295.