Newsletter #12: September 2011

Online courses for primary teachers available during the school year


Gaelchultúr has been organising online summer courses for primary school teachers for three years now and the interest in these courses is increasing yearly as word spreads about the high quality of the material.


“We got excellent feedback from this year's participants,” said Siobhán Patten, Gaelchultúr’s Specialised Courses Manager. “Many people were asking us to provide access to the course material throughout the school year, and many others made recommendations as to the types of courses we should provide next year.”


In light of that feedback, Gaelchultúr has decided to offer the courses all year round and also to call for proposals from teachers as regards courses they'd like us to develop in the years ahead.


Access throughout the school year


These are the courses for primary school teachers being offered by Gaelchultúr during the academic year 2011/2012:

Accuracy in Irish for Primary School Teachers

Irish Language IT Resources for the Classroom

Practical Irish for Primary School Teachers - Junior and Senior Infants

Practical Irish for Primary School Teachers - 1st and 2nd Class

Practical Irish for Primary School Teachers - 3rd and 4th Class

Practical Irish for Primary School Teachers - 5th and 6th Class

The courses in practical Irish focus on the core vocabulary and grammar relating to the themes of the curriculum and teachers are also given the opportunity to develop their listening and speaking skills. Accuracy in Irish for Primary School Teachers is a grammar course, and Irish Language IT Resources for the Classroom is aimed at primary school teachers who would like to use technological resources and facilities to teach Irish and to improve their own Irish and that of their pupils. All of the above courses, other than Irish Language IT Resources for the Classroom, are bilingual.


While primary teachers who undertook any of these courses during the months of July and August 2011 were entitled to three EPV days, there are no extra holidays available for those who participate in the courses during the school year. Gaelchultúr intends to offer the courses again next summer, however, at which time participants will qualify for EPV days.


A six-month subscription to any of the courses costs €50. For further information or to register, go to www.ranganna.com.


Call for proposals


If you'd like to make a recommendation as regards next year's courses, send an email with the title “Cúrsaí EPV” to siobhan@gaelchultur.com. We welcome feedback that would help us improve programmes that are currently available, as well as suggestions as to courses which could be developed in the coming years.