Certificate in Professional Irish
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Course starts 2 May 2019
Course ends 15 August 2019
When Thursdays, 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Sessions 15
Level Level 5
Location Online - Online
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The course is aimed at public sector employees who deal with the public on a regular basis and are required on occasion to provide a service through Irish. The course seeks to provide participants with the confidence and language skills necessary to communicate through Irish, both in the context of their work and in social situations.

The emphasis in the course will be on spoken language and on developing listening skills, but students will also have some opportunities to read and to write the language.

The communicative approach to teaching will be used in the classroom. A strong emphasis will be placed on group and pair work, giving students the opportunity to practise what they’ve been taught.

In addition to the classroom sessions or the live online sessions, participants will have access to a comprehensive online course on Gaelchultúr’s e-learning website, ranganna.com. They will be able to use this material to revise what they’ve covered in class as well as to prepare for future classes.

Continuous assessment will be a core component of the course and students will be required to undergo an oral examination on completing the programme.

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The Certificate in Professional Irish (Level 5) is suitable for people who are comfortable speaking Irish and who use the language from time to time – in a social context or at work, for example. The course topics are more challenging than those at Level 4, and are discussed in more depth than in the classes at that lower level.

The course is aimed at public sector employees who deal with the public on a regular basis and whose work involves Irish, as well as those who would like to work through Irish. It seeks to provide participants with the language skills necessary to communicate naturally and without difficulty through Irish, both in the context of their work and in social situations. The course also aims to provide participants with the confidence necessary to work independently in Irish, rather than depending on assistance from colleagues who have a greater competency in the language.

The spoken language, listening skills, reading and writing all feature in the programme, and there is a greater focus on those latter two skills than in the Level 4 course.