Newsletter #17: May 2012

Two new EPV courses being offered by Gaelchultúr


Over 2,000 primary school teachers have done one of Gaelchultúr's online EPV courses since they were first offered three years ago, and many of those have expressed a desire to do another of the company's courses this summer. In light of that interest, we have developed two new courses to meet the growing demand:

How to Teach Irish Effectively in the Classroom: This course is aimed at primary school teachers who are looking for more effective ways to teach Irish. Each unit contains sample lessons relating to the curriculum themes, as well as videos showing how to teach those lessons. Teachers participating in the course will be able to use this material in the classroom and copy the approach when developing their own lesson plans.


Ardchúrsa Cruinnis do Mhúinteoirí Bunscoile is aimed at primary school teachers who have a reasonably good standard of Irish grammar but who wish to focus on the more challenging aspects and perfect their language skills.

Gaelchultúr is offering eight online courses in total for primary school teachers this summer, all of which are recognised by the Department of Education and Skills and entitle successful participants to three EPV days. You can click on the course titles below to get more information about them, to try sample units, or to make a booking.

- How to Teach Irish Effectively in the Classroom
- Ardchúrsa Cruinnis do Mhúinteoirí Bunscoile
- Bunchúrsa Cruinnis do Mhúinteoirí Bunscoile
- 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

Gaelchultúr's EPV courses have been in great demand since they were first offered in 2009 and one of the reasons for this, according to Siobhán Patten, Gaelchultúr’s Specialised Courses Manager, is the interesting, useful content. “There are plenty of practical ideas and fun activities in the courses and participants really look forward to trying them in the classroom.”


Another aspect that really appeals to users, says Siobhán, is the logical layout of the website. “We’ve added to the technology since last year, and teachers will find the courses even more user-friendly than they were in previous years. So the good news is, those taking our programmes don't need to be particularly knowledgeable about technology.”


Gaelchultúr’s online EPV courses have received glowing praise from previous participants. This is what two teachers who've previously completed the courses had to say about them:

“I wish to thank everyone in Gaelchultúr – I will certainly use the course material in the classroom. Well done!”


“This is the most useful and practical summer course I have ever done. I will recommend it to my friends and I look forward to doing another course of yours next year.”