If you’re a post-primary school teacher who teaches through Irish, you’ll have a great opportunity to improve your language skills this summer because COGG (An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta) is organising an intensive Irish language course again this year. The programme, which is being run in conjunction with Gaelchultúr, is aimed at those teaching in post-primary Gaeltacht and all-Irish schools and will be held in Coláiste an Eachréidh, Athenry, Co. Galway, between 20-24 August 2012. The course is free of charge and lunch will be provided to participants each day.
“This is the fourth year we’re running the course,” says Éamonn Ó Dónaill, Gaelchultúr’s Director of Education. “The demand for places has been extremely high to date and we expect this year’s programme to be equally popular.
“It’s a very practical course, in which the emphasis is on everyday school language and on the main aspects of Irish grammar. Specialised sessions are also provided, allowing participants to get to grips with the specific language and jargon used in their own subjects, and teachers are also given information about the most useful technological resources available for Irish. The programme appeals to teachers because it caters so well for their needs.”
The intensive course received glowing praise from last year’s participants and some of their feedback can be seen below.
- “This is my first year teaching in a Gaelcholáiste and I have more confidence now having done this course. I’m very happy with the resources I got and with the grammar book. I also had the opportunity to ask the subject specialist any question I wished. The teacher was excellent and very friendly.”
- “I have learned a lot. I’ll definitely be back next year.”
- “I learned a lot of rules I hadn’t known.”
- “Everyone question I asked was answered and the rules are much clearer now.”