Gaelchultúr offers classes at the levels below. Click on a level to see a description of it.
If you’re not sure which class you should attend, try Gaelchultúr’s Online Irish Test.
This level is aimed at those who have no knowledge of the Irish language or who know only a few words and phrases. The class is not suitable for anyone who has recently attended a beginners course or who has studied Irish at secondary school. The emphasis is on developing speaking and listening skills and grammar is taught in context for the most part. By the end of the course participants will have learnt how to engage in basic everyday interactions, talk about themselves and their background, the work they do, etc. and will have acquired a basic knowledge of grammar.
This level is suitable for those who have already attended a beginners class or who are able to communicate at a basic level in Irish (they can greet people, for example, and introduce themselves). The material covered in the beginners class is revised at the beginning of the course but the class then progresses to other topics not covered at the lower level. As with the beginners level, the emphasis is on developing speaking and listening skills and grammar is taught in context for the most part.
This level is intended for those who have studied Irish at school, perhaps a good number of years ago, who understand a great deal of the language but have had few opportunities to use it in recent years. Some basic language is taught at the beginning of the course, but the class then progresses at a faster pace than a lower level class would. The emphasis is on developing speaking and listening skills but students are also given the opportunity to read and to write the language. Grammar is taught in context, as it is required.
Suitable for people who are comfortable speaking Irish and who use the language from time to time – in a social context, for example. Participants have an opportunity to extend their vocabulary and to learn more about Irish grammar. The topics discussed in class are more challenging than those covered at he lower intermediate level and there is also a greater emphasis on reading.
Aimed at those who have a reasonable fluency in Irish but who have little experience of discussing more challenging topics (current affairs and technology, for example). Participants have an opportunity to add to their vocabulary and range of idiomatic expressions and to improve their grammar. A wide range of topics is discussed in the classes.
Aimed at those who have a very good standard of spoken Irish but whose knowledge of grammar is quite limited. There is a focus in class on basic grammatical concepts and on developing participants’ reading and writing skills. Authentic material (e.g. newspaper and magazine articles) is used and there is a wide range of activities in the class. Suitable for those who work through the medium of Irish, e.g. civil servants and teachers.
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.