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Marketing Executive
Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr is looking for an energetic and accomplished person with excellent communication skills for a full-time permanent position with a highly-motivated team as Marketing Executive. The successful applicant will be based in the company’s offices on Clare Street, Dublin 2.

Applicants are required to have a high standard of both written and spoken Irish, have experience of marketing and be familiar with common computer systems.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; standard office hours.

The successful applicant will have training opportunities within the organisation and externally.

Responsibilities
The Marketing Executive’s main responsibilities will include the following:

  • promoting the company’s language courses, services and publications
  • raising the company’s profile both in Ireland and globally
  • developing and promoting new projects.

Required qualification
Third level degree (level 8 NFQ)

Desirable qualification/experience/skills
  • Marketing qualification
  • High-level computer skills
  • Experience of digital media and Google Adwords/Facebook Ads

Applicants should send their Curriculum Vitae, accompanied by a letter of application, to:

Folúntas: Feidhmeannach Margaíochta
Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr
11 Sráid an Chláraigh
Baile Átha Cliath 2
or
to eolas@gaelchultur.com

Deadline for receipt of applications: 5.00pm, Tuesday, 28 Feabhra 2017

For more information, please write to eolas@gaelchultur.com


A Taste of Irish and Free Assessments - Spring 2017

A Taste of Irish
Gaelchultúr will be running an event called A Taste of Irish on Saturday, 28 January, in our centre at 11 Clare Street, Dublin 2. Drop into us between 12.00pm and 1.00pm, and we’ll assess your standard of Irish. Once the assessment has been completed, you’ll have an opportunity to attend a 20-minute Irish class, which will give you an idea of the teaching approach we use. You’ll also be able to register for the spring course, should you wish, but there will be no obligation on you to do so.

Time and date: Between 12.00pm and 1.00pm, Saturday, 28 January 2017

Assessment
If you’d like to do an Irish course with Gaelchultúr but aren’t sure what your level of competency in the language is, drop into the company’s headquarters at 11 Clare Street, Dublin 2, at any time during the periods mentioned below and one of our teachers will assess your knowledge of the language. This assessment is free of charge, it will take approximately 15 minutes, and there’s no need to book in advance.

Assessment 16.00–7.00pmTuesday31 January 2017
Assessment 26.00–7.00pmWednesday1 February 2017
Assessment 36.00–7.00pmThursday2 February 2017

More information: eolas@gaelchultur.com / (01) 484 5220


Business Development Manager

Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr are seeking an energetic and capable person with excellent communication skills for a full-time permanent position with their driven team as the company’s Business Development Manager. The successful applicant will be based in the company’s offices on Clare Street, Dublin 2.

Applicants are required to have a high standard of both written and spoken Irish, have experience of sales and marketing and be familiar with common computer systems.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; standard office hours.

Responsibilities

The Business Development Manager’s main responsibilities will include the following:

  • managing the company’s sales
  • managing the company’s marketing
  • being the primary point of contact for the company’s customers
  • developing and promoting new projects
  • responding to tenders
Required qualification

Third level degree (level 8 NFQ)

Desirable qualifications/experience/skills
  • Postgraduate qualification
  • High-level computer skills
  • Experience of digital media and Google Adwords/Facebook Ads

Applicants should send their Curriculum Vitae, accompanied by a letter of application, to:

Folúntas: Bainisteoir Forbartha Gnó Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr 11 Sráid an Chláraigh Baile Átha Cliath 2

or to eolas@gaelchultur.com

Deadline for receipt of applications: 5.30pm, Wednesday, 25 January 2017

For more information, please write to eolas@gaelchultur.com


Free Assessments - Summer 2016

Assessment
If you’d like to do an Irish course with Gaelchultúr but aren’t sure what your level of competency in the language is, drop into the company’s headquarters at 11 Clare Street, Dublin 2, at any time during the periods mentioned below and one of our teachers will assess your knowledge of the language. This assessment is free of charge, it will take approximately 15 minutes, and there’s no need to book in advance.

Assessment 16.00–7.00pmTuesday3 May 2016
Assessment 26.00–7.00pmWednesday4 May 2016
Assessment 36.00–7.00pmThursday5 May 2016

More information: eolas@gaelchultur.com / (01) 484 5220


Administrative Executive

A full-time permanent position as an Administrative Executive is available in Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr. The successful applicant will be based in Gaelchultúr’s offices on Clare Street, Dublin 2.

Applicants are required to have a high standard of both written and spoken Irish, have experience of administrative work and be familiar with common computer systems. The successful applicant will be based in Gaelchultúr’s offices on Clare Street, Dublin 2. Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard office hours

Responsibilities

The Administrative Executive’s main responsibilities will include the following:

  • dealing with the company’s clients on the telephone, by email and face to face
  • making the necessary arrangements before each language course
  • overseeing the activities of the company’s shop
  • dealing with orders received on the company’s siopa.ie website and on the phone.
Required qualification

Third level degree (level 8 NFQ)

Desirable qualifications/experience/skills
  • Postgraduate qualification
  • Language teaching experience
  • High-level computer skills
  • Experience of design and digital media

Applicants should send their Curriculum Vitae, accompanied by a letter of application, to:

Folúntas: Feidhmeannach Riaracháin Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr 11 Sráid an Chláraigh Baile Átha Cliath 2

or to eolas@gaelchultur.com

Deadline for receipt of applications: 5.00pm, Friday, 22 January 2016

For more information, please write to eolas@gaelchultur.com


A Taste of Irish and Free Assessments - Spring 2016

A Taste of Irish
Gaelchultúr will be running an event called A Taste of Irish on Saturday, 23 January, in our centre at 11 Clare Street, Dublin 2. Drop into us between 12.00pm and 1.00pm, and we’ll assess your standard of Irish. Once the assessment has been completed, you’ll have an opportunity to attend a 20-minute Irish class, which will give you an idea of the teaching approach we use. You’ll also be able to register for the spring course, should you wish, but there will be no obligation on you to do so.

Time and date: Between 12.00pm and 1.00pm, Saturday, 23 January 2016

Assessment
If you’d like to do an Irish course with Gaelchultúr but aren’t sure what your level of competency in the language is, drop into the company’s headquarters at 11 Clare Street, Dublin 2, at any time during the periods mentioned below and one of our teachers will assess your knowledge of the language. This assessment is free of charge, it will take approximately 15 minutes, and there’s no need to book in advance.

Assessment 16.00–7.00pmTuesday26 January 2016
Assessment 26.00–7.00pmWednesday27 January 2016
Assessment 36.00–7.00pmThursday28 January 2016

More information: eolas@gaelchultur.com / (01) 484 5220


A Taste of Irish and Free Assessments - Autumn 2015

A Taste of Irish
Gaelchultúr will be running an event called A Taste of Irish on Saturday, 12 September, in our centre at 11 Clare Street, Dublin 2. Drop into us between 12.00pm and 1.00pm, and we’ll assess your standard of Irish. Once the assessment has been completed, you’ll have an opportunity to attend a 20-minute Irish class, which will give you an idea of the teaching approach we use. You’ll also be able to register for the autumn course, should you wish, but there will be no obligation on you to do so.

Time and date: Between 12.00pm and 1.00pm, Saturday, 12 September 2015

Assessment
If you’d like to do an Irish course with Gaelchultúr but aren’t sure what your level of competency in the language is, drop into the company’s headquarters at 11 Clare Street, Dublin 2, at any time during the periods mentioned below and one of our teachers will assess your knowledge of the language. This assessment is free of charge, it will take approximately 15 minutes, and there’s no need to book in advance.

Assessment 16.00–7.00pmTuesday15 September 2015
Assessment 26.00–7.00pmWednesday16 September 2015
Assessment 36.00–7.00pmThursday17 September 2015

More information: eolas@gaelchultur.com / (01) 484 5220


A Taste of Irish and Free Assessments - Summer 2015

A Taste of Irish
Gaelchultúr will be running an event called A Taste of Irish on Saturday, 9 May, in our centre at 11 Clare Street, Dublin 2. Drop into us between 12.00pm and 1.00pm, and we’ll assess your standard of Irish. Once the assessment has been completed, you’ll have an opportunity to attend a 20-minute Irish class, which will give you an idea of the teaching approach we use. You’ll also be able to register for the autumn course, should you wish, but there will be no obligation on you to do so.

Time and date: Between 12.00pm and 1.00pm, Saturday, 9 May 2015

Assessment
If you’d like to do an Irish course with Gaelchultúr but aren’t sure what your level of competency in the language is, drop into the company’s headquarters at 11 Clare Street, Dublin 2, at any time during the periods mentioned below and one of our teachers will assess your knowledge of the language. This assessment is free of charge, it will take approximately 15 minutes, and there’s no need to book in advance.

Assessment 16.00–7.00pmTuesday5 May 2015
Assessment 26.00–7.00pmWednesday6 May 2015
Assessment 36.00–7.00pmThursday7 May 2015

More information: eolas@gaelchultur.com / (01) 484 5220


A Taste of Irish and Free Assessments

A Taste of Irish
Gaelchultúr will be running an event called A Taste of Irish on Saturday, 24 January, in our centre at 11 Clare Street, Dublin 2. Drop into us between 12.00pm and 1.00pm, and we’ll assess your standard of Irish. Once the assessment has been completed, you’ll have an opportunity to attend a 20-minute Irish class, which will give you an idea of the teaching approach we use. You’ll also be able to register for the autumn course, should you wish, but there will be no obligation on you to do so.

Time and date: Between 12.00pm and 1.00pm, Saturday, 24 January 2015

Assessment
If you’d like to do an Irish course with Gaelchultúr but aren’t sure what your level of competency in the language is, drop into the company’s headquarters at 11 Clare Street, Dublin 2, at any time during the periods mentioned below and one of our teachers will assess your knowledge of the language. This assessment is free of charge, it will take approximately 15 minutes, and there’s no need to book in advance.

Assessment 16.00–7.00pmTuesday27 January 2015
Assessment 26.00–7.00pmWednesday28 January 2015
Assessment 36.00–7.00pmThursday29 January 2015

More information: eolas@gaelchultur.com / (01) 484 5220


Lingua + Musica: a Celebration of Linguistic and Cultural Diversity

Linguistic and cultural diversity in Europe will be celebrated at an event taking place in Dublin on Tuesday, 16 December. Lingua + Musica is being organised by the Directorate General for Translation and the European Commission Representation in Ireland, in conjunction with Irish language education provider Gaelchultúr, to celebrate the European Day of Languages 2014 and to draw attention to the importance of learning languages.

The event will be held in the Upstairs@Whelan’s venue (www.whelanslive.com) on Wexford Street in Dublin city centre and will commence at 7.00pm. There will be no entry charge but tickets must be booked in advance at linguamusica.eventbrite.ie to ensure admittance to the event.

The evening will begin with a language workshop. The audience will be taught a simple dialogue in four different languages and they will have an opportunity to walk around the room and practise those dialogues with each other. This workshop will run from 7.15pm until 7.45pm.

The second part of the event, which will commence at 8.00pm, will feature songs and music from a range of countries and cultures. Performers will include the genre-defying group of the moment, Moxie; Kíla (featuring Rónán Ó Snodaigh, Eoin Dillon & Seanan Brennan), who have resolutely moved performance in the Irish language to centre stage, both here in Ireland and abroad; Enda Reilly, whose lifelong engagement with his native language has recently culminated in the release of his Amhráin Nua i nGaeilge album; and French chanteuse Pauline Dupont, who has been wowing audiences on the western seaboard of Ireland and makes a return from her native land especially for this concert. Additional special guests will appear on the night.

The European Commission’s Directorate General for Translations will have a stand at the event to promote European Day of Languages and Juvenes Translatores and information will be available there about employment and career opportunities in the European institutions.

Following the success of the European Year of Languages in 2001 where language diversity in Europe was centre stage , the Council of Europe decided to celebrate the European Day of Languages annually.

For more information about Lingua Musica, please call Gaelchultúr on (01) 484 5220 or send an email to eolas@gaelchultur.com. On Facebook, please search for ‘Lingua Musica’.

Media interviews can be arranged by contacting Éamonn Ó Dónaill (Gaelchultúr) at (086) 407 3284; Rónán Mac Murchaidh (European Commission Representation in Ireland) at (01) 634 1111; or Órla Nic Shuibhne at (086) 302 9839.



Information session regarding positions for Irish translators in Brussels

Gaelchultúr will be running an online information session regarding the positions available for Irish language translators in the Directorate-General for Translation of the European Commission in Brussels. It will be held between 7pm and 8pm on Tuesday, 4 November, and will be hosted by Rónán Mac Murchaidh, Field Officer with the Representation of the European Commission in Ireland.

The session will be start with a presentation regarding the new vacancies and this will be followed by a question and answer session, during which those in attendance will have an opportunity to put questions to Rónán Mac Murchaidh.

Anyone interested in attending the information session is required to book a place in advance by emailing Gaelchultúr at eolas@gaelchultur.com.

Those employed as translators in the European Commission enjoy excellent working conditions and salaries (around €4,000 per month net), therefore it’s worthwhile for anyone with a high standard of written Irish and a good knowledge of one of the working languages of the EU to apply for one of these newly available positions.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 14 November 2014.



Academic administrator

A full-time permanent position as academic administrator is available in Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr.

Applicants are required to have a high standard of both written and spoken Irish, have experience of administrative work and be familiar with common computer systems.

The successful applicant will be based in Gaelchultúr’s offices on Clare Street, Dublin 2.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard office hours

Responsibilities
The academic administrator’s main responsibilities will include the following:
• running the company’s general language courses and post-graduate courses
• running various other projects for the company
• taking part in all stages of book publishing projects
• editing and proofreading.

Required qualification
Third level degree (level 7 NFQ or higher)

Desirable qualifications/experience/skills
Postgraduate Diploma in Education
Master’s degree
Language teaching experience
High-level computer skills

Applicants should send their Curriculum Vitae, accompanied by a letter of application, to:

Folúntas: Riarthóir Acadúil
Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr
11 Sráid an Chláraigh
Baile Átha Cliath 2

or to eolas@gaelchultur.com

Deadline for receipt of applications: Tuesday, 5 November 2013 (midday)

For more information, please write to eolas@gaelchultur.com


Lingua + Musica: a Celebration of Linguistic and Cultural Diversity

Linguistic and cultural diversity in Europe will be celebrated at an event taking place in Dublin on Thursday, 17 October. Lingua + Musica is being organised by Irish language education provider Gaelchultúr (www.gaelchultur.com), in conjunction with the Directorate General for Translation and the European Commission Representation in Ireland, to celebrate the European Day of Languages and to draw attention to the importance of multilingualism.

The event will be held in the Mercantile venue (www.mercantile) on Dame Street in Dublin city centre and will commence at 7.00pm. There will be no admission charge.

The evening will begin with a language and song workshop. The audience will be taught a simple dialogue in four different languages and they will have an opportunity to walk around the room and practise these dialogues with each other. They will then be taught songs in various languages.

The second part of the event, which will commence at 9.00pm, will feature songs and music from a range of countries and cultures. Performers will include the young and dynamic traditional Irish music group The Bonny Men; Spanish/Czech singer Katerina Garcia; Conamara singer and harpist Síle Denvir; acclaimed violinist Patrick Collins from the Café Orchestra, accompanied by Czech guitarist David Fiedler; and dancer Sibéal Davitt.

Various language organisations, including Instituto Cervantes and the Goethe-Institut, will have a stand at the event, and they will provide information about the courses they offer to the public.

Language diversity in Europe was celebrated during the European Year of Languages in 2001. Following the success of the year, the Council of Europe decided to celebrate the European Day of Languages annually on 26 September. (The Irish event was postponed this year in order not to clash with Arthur’s Day.)

For more information about Lingua + Musica, please call Gaelchultúr on (01) 484 5220 or send an email to eolas@gaelchultur.com.

Media interviews can be arranged by contacting Éamonn Ó Dónaill (Gaelchultúr) at (086) 407 3284 or Rónán Mac Murchaidh (European Commission Representation in Ireland) at (01) 634 1111.




Gaelchultúr establishes first Irish language third-level college

Gaelchultúr, the Irish language education services company, is pleased to announce that it has achieved the status of third-level institution.

Gaelchultúr has chosen the name Coláiste na hÉireann for the new institution. As Coláiste na hÉireann, Gaelchultúr is about to launch its first course, a post-graduate diploma in translation (Dioplóma Iarchéime san Aistriúchán). This programme, a level 9 NFQ course, will commence in late September this year and will run for three semesters.

“We at Gaelchultúr are very pleased to have achieved this third-level status,” says Éamonn Ó Dónaill, the company’s Director of Education, “and we’re also extremely proud to be the first Irish language college at this level.

“Gaelchultúr hopes that this new project of ours catches the imagination of Irish speakers, not only at home but worldwide, and that it will make a very positive contribution to the education sector in Ireland.”

The Dioplóma Iarchéime san Aistriúchán programme is aimed at those who already have a good standard of Irish, but who wish to learn translation skills or to enhance the skills they already have. It is also ideal for those who work through Irish on a daily basis – teachers and journalists, for example – who wish to improve their standard of writing in the language. The course will also benefit those who are interested in working as a translator, administrator or lawyer-linguist in one of the European institutions.

A blended learning approach will be used in the programme, featuring a combination of online study, live online classes, and lectures and tutorials in the classroom. The classroom-based sessions will be held on one Saturday a month in Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr’s headquarters in Dublin city centre. Since a great deal of the course material will be available on Gaelchultúr’s e-learning website, ranganna.com, the company expects a high level of interest in the programme from all corners of the country.

Coláiste na hÉireann has appointed three academics to its governing board each of whom has extensive experience of the third-level sector: Dr Finbarr Bradley, founder of Fiontar, the renowned Irish language interdisciplinary school in DCU; Dr Bríona Nic Dhiarmada, Professor of Film, Television and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame; and Dr Liam Dolan, Sherardian Professor of Botany and Head of Department, Magdalen College, Oxford.

The decision to award third-level status to Gaelchultúr was taken by QQI, the organisation created in 2012 by an amalgamation of four bodies, including FETAC and HETAC, that had both awarding and quality assurance responsibilities.

Further information about the Dioplóma Iarchéime san Aistriúchán programme, and the course brochure and application form, are available at www.gaelchultur.com. Those requiring further information can also call (01) 484 5220 or write to eolas@gaelchultur.com.



Raise your game with Gaelchultúr’s Intensive Course

Would you like to improve your written Irish? Perhaps you’d like to apply for a job or a postgraduate course but you’re worried that you don’t have the required standard in the language. Or perhaps you’re already working through Irish but need to improve your skills in order to get a promotion. If you fall into one of those categories, why not take part in Gaelchultúr’s Intensive Preparatory Course in Written Irish which is being held between May and August 2013 - you’ll be up to speed in no time!

The summer 2013 intensive course will begin on 25 May and continue until mid August. The participants will do most of the course on Gaelchultúr’s e-learning website, ranganna.com, but four Saturday workshops will also be organised. These one-day sessions will take place in Gaelchultúr’s centre at 11 Clare Street, Dublin 2. Those who miss the classroom-based sessions need not worry: they will have access to videos containing a comprehensive overview of the work undertaken in those sessions.

The Intensive Preparatory Course in Written Irish is aimed at those working through the medium of Irish on a daily basis – teachers, journalists, civil servants and translators, for example – who wish to improve their written skills and add to their knowledge of grammar. It’s also suitable for those who wish to apply for a post-graduate course in Irish but who feel that they don’t have the required standard in the language. The course fee is €450.

“This is our eighth time offering the programme,” says Aodh Ó Gallchóir, Gaelchultúr’s Specialised Courses Manager, “and the demand is as high as ever. In fact, we’ve had more enquiries than usual about the course this year, as people want clarification about the changes made to the Official Standard and the new rules that have been introduced.

“Nearly 270 people have completed the course to date, and we believe that this level of interest in the programme shows that people find it useful and practical.”

Students who attend the programme have access to two courses on ranganna.com: Gramadach Gan Stró! (based on the book of the same name) and Tusa agus do Ríomhaire (You and your Computer). The focus in that first course is on those aspects of grammar with which people have most problems, including the copula, the relative clause and the personal numerals, and Tusa agus do Ríomhaire focuses on the technological resources available in Irish, including those on the Web.

There are interactive exercises in both of these courses that provide instant feedback to the participants. (You can try sample units from both of them for free on ranganna.com.) Students can also send homework by email to their tutor and receive comprehensive feedback within a few days.

As regards level, the course is suitable for those who achieve a score of at least 80% in Gaelchultúr’s Online Irish Test. To take this test now, please click here.

There will be an optional two-hour grammar and translation examination at the end of the course. This test will also serve as an entrance examination to a translation course that Gaelchultúr will be running in the future. Keep an eye on gaelchultur.com for the latest news on that programme.

To register online for the Intensive Preparatory Course in Written Irish, please go to www.gaelchultur.com. Those interested in the course can also call (01) 484 5220 or email eolas@gaelchultur.com.

To download the course brochure, please click here.

This initiative is being funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.



MA in Applied Irish, DIT: a great opportunity for those working through the language

Despite the economic recession and the cutbacks that have been made in Ireland in the past few years, there are still employment opportunities for graduates with high level skills in Irish. In July 2012, for example, the organisation EPSO (European Personnel Selection Office) announced that there were vacancies in the European institutions for 38 Irish language translators. However, only seventeen of those who applied for the positions managed to get through the first stage of the recruitment process (i.e. the aptitude tests), and the likelihood is that the vacancies will be advertised again in the near future.

In addition to the translation jobs available in the EU institutions, there are also vacancies on a regular basis for lawyer-linguists. Last month, for example, EPSO announced that a competition for positions in this particular area will be held in the second part of 2013.

To add to the number of people with the language skills necessary to apply for positions such as those mentioned above, and for positions in the Irish language sector in general, a two year, part-time MA programme was established in the Dublin Institute of Technology in January 2008. This innovative programme, MA in Applied Irish, is offered by the School of Languages and Tourism in the college, in conjunction with Gaelchultúr. Two groups of students have graduated from the programme to date and a third cohort will complete the course by early summer.

The next MA in Applied Irish programme will commence in September of this year and the deadline for applications is Wednesday, 24 April 2013. Further information and an application form are available at www.dit.ie/gaeilgefheidhmeach.

“This MA in Applied Irish qualification will benefit graduates working professionally in an Irish language or bilingual environment in the public and private sectors,” says Siobhán Ní Laoire, chair of the programme. “It’s excellent that employment opportunities are still becoming available on a regular basis in the European institutions for those with specific language skills. This course will be of interest to those who wish to work as translators, interpreters, lawyer-linguists, proof readers or secretaries and it will also suit school teachers and those working in the media, in business, in cultural tourism and other associated areas.”

Scholarships will be awarded to all those accepted on the programme and students, therefore, will not be required to pay fees. The course is being funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and funding is administered by the Higher Education Authority. There is only a limited number of places available. Those wishing to undertake the course must sit a language assessment test which will take place in DIT on Saturday, 11 May.

Important notice:
Confirmation of funding for the next cycle of the programme (September 2013) has not yet been received. Applicants will be informed as soon as DIT receives confirmation regarding funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.



Gníomhaíochtaí Gasta – A new book for primary school teachers from Gaelchultúr

Primary school teachers have long sought more effective ways of teaching Irish and Gaelchultúr is delighted to offer Gníomhaíochtaí Gasta as a solution to their woes. This innovative new book will provide teachers with 60 enjoyable communication activities, as well as accompanying lesson plans, to help them develop improved communication and effective learning of Irish in the classroom.

Gníomhaíochtaí Gasta (Quick Activities) is aimed at primary school teachers and contains Irish language communication activities. These activities can be photocopied and are suitable for pupils from 3rd to 6th class in both T1 and T2 schools.

There are twenty real communication activities in the book which focus on the ten themes of the Irish language curriculum: Myself, At Home, Food, Shopping, Television, Weather, Pastimes, Clothing, School and Special Occasions.

“Although a greater focus has been placed on the communicative approach to teaching in recent years, it can often be difficult to find ways to foster effective communication in the classroom,” says Siobhán Patten, the book’s author. “I believe Gníomhaíochtaí Gasta will prove to be an important resource for primary school teachers and will be a significant aid to them as they seek to develop students’ language skills in an enjoyable and interactive way.”

Comprehensive instructions are given regarding the real communication activities, as well as suggestions for pre-communication and post-communication activities. This will allow the teacher to approach each unit as an entire lesson or to use the real communication activities by themselves, in order to revise material previously taught in class or simply as fun activities.

The communicative approach to teaching is emphasised throughout the book and many of the language functions set out in the Irish language curriculum can be found in it.

Siobhán Patten is originally from Achill, Co. Mayo. She spent a good number of years working as a primary school teacher and then as a tutor and Specialised Courses Manager with Gaelchultúr. She has extensive experience in developing syllabuses, teaching resources and lesson plans.

Gníomhaíochtaí Gasta is available for purchase on www.siopa.ie for €34.95.

To view a sample unit from the book, please click here.

Gaelchultúr is grateful to COGG (An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta) for providing financial support for this book of Irish language communication activities.




Irish Rugby and Soccer Teams get free Amhrán na bhFiann iPhone App

Gaelchultúr has sent the Irish rugby and soccer teams an iPhone App for free to help them learn Amhrán na bhFiann in time for the England and Poland matches this week. The Amhrán na bhFiann app teaches the national anthem karaoke-style, line by line. Players and supporters now have no excuse for mumbling their way through the anthem!

With the Amhrán na bhFiann app, the Irish rugby and soccer national team players can first of all learn the words, then the tune and finally try singing it themselves. It also includes a quiz about the anthem, full of interesting facts. Did you know, for example, that Amhrán na bhFiann was originally written in English? Or that it was in 1998 that RTÉ stopped playing Amhrán na bhFiann at the end of the day’s broadcasting?

To get the app, simply search for “Irish National Anthem” in the App Store. The instructions in the app are bilingual and users can therefore learn through English or Irish. The app contains the following options:
1. Learn the words: Listen to the pronunciation without music
2. Learn the Tune: Listen to the words in time with the music
3. On Your Own: Sing along with just the music

A full English translation of the words of Amhrán na bhFiann is also included.