Intensive Preparatory Course in Written Irish (entirely online), September-November 2021
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Course starts 3 September 2021
Course ends 27 November 2021
When Friday 7:00-8:15pm, Saturday 11:00am-12:30pm & Saturday 2:00-4:00pm
Sessions 4
Price €450
Level Intensive Preparatory Course in Written Irish
Location Online - Gaelchultúr
Course details
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Between September and November 2021, the Intensive Preparatory Course in Written in Irish will be offered entirely online giving people from all over the world the opportunity to undertake the course. Gaelchultúr has been offering the Intensive Course since 2010 and nearly 800 people have attended it to date.

New opportunities
Since Irish became an official and working language of the European Union and since the enactment of the Official Languages Act 2003, new employment opportunities have emerged for Irish speakers who have a high level of competence in the language. Many people who speak fluent Irish have never had an opportunity to learn the grammar of the language properly or to add to their writing skills. To cater for such people, Gaelchultúr will be running the Intensive Preparatory Course in Written Irish (‘Dianchúrsa ullmhúcháin i gCruinneas na Gaeilge’) again between September and November 2020.

Who should attend the course?
This part-time programme is aimed at those who wish to apply for a post-graduate course in Irish - an MA in translation, for example - but who feel that they don’t have the required standard in the language. It will also suit those working through the medium of Irish daily - journalists, civil servants and translators, for example - who wish to improve their written skills and grammar. This course will also be of assistance to those intending to take the Foras na Gaeilge exam in order to achieve the Seal of Accreditation for Translators.

What is covered in the course?
The course will focus on grammatical accuracy, writing style and translation skills. There will also be an emphasis on the technological resources available in Irish, including those that are online.

The course will involve a combination of independent study and live online classes.

The online classes will take place on four different weekends, at the following times:

Class 1: Friday, 7.00-8.15pm
Class 2: Saturday, 11.00am-12.30pm
Class 3: Saturday, 2.00-4.00pm

These are the dates on which the classes will be held:

3 and 4 September
1 and 2 October
29 and 30 October
26 and 27 November

Attendance at these sessions is not compulsory but students are strongly advised to attend them.

Coursework / Optional exam
Participants will be given access to Gaelchultúr’s e-learning site,, where they will have an opportunity to undertake interactive lessons and receive instant feedback. A forum will also be provided on to enable participants to discuss course content with their tutor and with other students.

Students will be able to submit homework by email between classes, if they wish. They will receive comprehensive feedback about these lessons within one week.

A two-hour grammar and translation exam will be held at the end of the course. This exam will take place on 4 December 2021 but will not be compulsory. Participants will have the option of either (i) undertaking the exam online or (ii) travelling to Gaelchultúr’s education centre on Clare Street, Dublin 2 to sit the test there.

Option (ii) above will be accepted as an entrance exam for the Postgraduate Diploma in Translation, a course offered by Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr since 2013. For more information about the Diploma, please click here.

Entry requirements
This 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.

The intensive preparatory course costs €450. Applicants must pay the full fee before the course commences.

You can register for the Intensive Preparatory Course in Written Irish by clicking on the ‘Book the course’ link above

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Friday, 3 September & Saturday, 4 September

Friday, 1 October & Saturday, 2 October

Friday, 29 October & Saturday, 30 October

Friday, 26 November & Saturday, 27 November

End of course exam (optional)

Saturday, 4 December 2021

11 Clare Street,
Dublin 2

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  • Course fees may be refunded in full to a learner up to five working days prior to the commencement of the course. The refund must by requested by contacting Gaelchultúr’s staff by email or by phone. (Our contact details can be found here.)
  • If, following the first class, the student decides that he/she would like to discontinue the course, 60% of the total fee will be refunded to him/her. No further refund will be made to the student.
  • Gaelchultúr Limited has the right to cancel a class or to amalgamate classes.
  • If it is necessary to cancel a class, every effort will be made to place the participants in another class or to register them for an online course. A full refund will be made to the customer if these options do not suit him/her.
  • A student may defer his/her registration only once. If he/she wishes to defer registration, he/she must notify Gaelchultúr’s staff of this by week three of the course. No refund will be made to the student if he/she does not accept a place on the next course he/she is due to attend.
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