Are you interested in the Irish language, but never had the opportunity to learn it? Do you wish you were better able to help your children with their Irish homework? Do you understand a lot of the language, but don’t have the confidence to have a proper conversation? Are you pretty fluent but want to improve your vocabulary, your understanding of grammar and your conversation skills? People do Irish classes with Gaelchultúr for a myriad of different reasons, and we have courses to cater to every level of ability and fluency, from absolute beginners to fluent speakers.
Though Gaelchultúr is always undertaking new projects and adding to our specialised courses and online courses, our evening classes for the general public are always at the heart of what we do, and those classes have been going from strength to strength in recent years. Last autumn, Gaelchultúr ran eleven evening classes at six different levels in our headquarters in Dublin, and they were attended by more learners than ever before. We hope that those numbers continue to grow this spring.
Because Gaelchultúr uses an effective teaching approach, an interesting syllabus relevant to the lives of learners and because class teachers are highly qualified and vastly experienced, the learner is guaranteed a very positive experience in an encouraging, learner-centred environment. They are made to feel at ease from the start and are encouraged to learn at their own pace.
The spring programme of classes will commence the week beginning 3 February 2020. Classes will run for ten weeks and will be available at the following levels:
• Bunrang 1 (Beginners)
• Bunrang 2 (Elementary)
• Meánrang 1 (Lower Intermediate)
• Meánrang 2 (Upper Intermediate)
• Ardrang 1 (Advanced)
• Ardrang 2 (Advanced 2)
• Cruinneas sa Ghaeilge 1 (Accuracy in Irish)
Gaelchultúr doesn’t just provide courses for those living in Dublin, however, and for a good while now we have run courses in Carlow at up to four different levels. These courses take place in the Church Parochial Centre, College Street, Carlow, and you can find further information regarding them here.
We understand that it can be difficult, when attending a language class once a week, to practise at home the things you have learned in class. To help learners get the most out of our classes, they are each given a booklet of notes and an audio CD at the beginning of the course. Learners will also receive a free one-month subscription to one of our popular online interactive courses on ranganna.com. Students in the Beginners and Elementary classes will be registered for Gaeilge gan Stró! - Beginners Level, students in Lower and Upper Intermediate level will be registered for Gaeilge gan Stró! - Lower Intermediate Level and students in Advanced 1, 2 and Accuracy in Irish will be given access to Gramadach gan Stró!. Learners can access this material on Gaelchultúr’s e-learning website, www.ranganna.com.
Gaelchultúr will be running a free event that will give you the chance to drop in to our centre and learn about our courses, try a sample class and check out our teaching approach. This event, called Blaiseadh den Ghaeilge/A Taste of Irish, will take place in Gaelchultúr’s centre at 11 Clare Street, Dublin 2, on Saturday, 25 January. Call into us between 12.00pm and 1.00pm and we’ll assess your standard of Irish. You’ll then have an opportunity to attend a 20-minute Irish class, which will give you an idea of the teaching approach we use. You’ll also be able to register for the spring course, should you wish, but there will be no obligation on you to do so.
If you’re unable to attend the above event, you can call into Gaelchultúr between 6.00pm and 7.00pm on 28, 29 and 30 January for an assessment. This is free of charge, will only take about 15 minutes and there’s no need to book in advance.
Classes can be booked online at www.gaelchultur.com, or by calling (01) 484 5220 or 1890 252 900.