Newsletter #50: December 2020

Live online classes: Spring dates announced

Another successful term of online classes has come to an end but Gaelchultúr is already looking ahead to the spring term. We all miss being in a physical classroom and we hope to return to it soon. In the meantime, however, it’s full steam ahead with online learning in the virtual classroom and a full schedule of online classes can be found at now.

We have received hugely positive feedback so far regarding our online classes but we’ve also taken some suggestions on board from the learners. Thanks to this feedback, the content of our classes is constantly growing and evolving so we are looking forward to the best term ever this spring!

Classes will be held over Zoom and the following eight levels will again be on offer:

• Beginners
• Elementary
• Lower Intermediate
• Upper Intermediate
• Advanced 1
• Advanced 2
• Accuracy in Irish 1
• Accuracy in Irish 2

The main advantage of online classes is that they allow us to welcome learners from far and wide. Our autumn learners were located all over the world - from Vermont to Italy, from Massachusetts to Abu Dhabi, from Canada to Switzerland and from Cork to Donegal!

The teaching approach

Gaelchultúr have been offering language classes for adults for the past fifteen years and we have developed excellent resources during that time. There is a great emphasis on the spoken language and an encouraging, fun and learner-centred learning environment is created in the classes. There will be no change to our teaching approach in the case of the online classes; they will be taught by highly-qualified teachers and even though the learners will not be in the same room, the classes will be very interactive. There will be plenty of opportunities to speak during each session – learners will work either in pairs or in groups and will be able to raise a virtual hand and ask the teacher questions orally. A digital booklet will be sent to the participants before the start of the course and they will be able to use that material during class and to do further study from week to week.

A Taste of Irish

The public will have the opportunity to try a sample class before the start of the course. Gaelchultúr will offer 30-minute classes online to give a taste of our teaching style. This online event, A Taste of Irish, will take place between 3.00pm and 5.00pm (Irish time), Saturday, 23 January. If you would like to attend one of the sample classes, you can register for it here.

Course brochure