At an event which took place on Tuesday, 3 September, at Gaelchultúr's headquarters on Clare Street in Dublin, the company's new third-level college, Coláiste na hÉireann, was launched by An Coimisinéir Teanga, Seán Ó Cuirreáin.
As Coláiste na hÉireann, Gaelchultúr is about to launch its first course, a postgraduate diploma in translation (Dioplóma Iarchéime san Aistriúchán). This programme, a level 9 NFQ course, will commence in late September and will run for three semesters.
Speaking at the launch event, Gaelchultúr's Director of Education, Éamonn Ó Dónaill, said: “We’re very pleased to have achieved this third-level status and we’re also extremely proud to be the first Irish language college at this level.
“A blended learning approach will be used in our programmes, featuring a combination of online study, live online classes, and lectures and tutorials in the classroom.
“This blended learning approach is becoming more widespread in third-level educational provision, particularly in North America, but is less widely used in the case of Irish. We in Gaelchultúr believe that using this approach will enable us to provide the highest standard of education to our students and will make our programmes accessible to those who are not living within an easy commute of a third-level college or those whose family or work commitments prove a barrier to participation in education.
“It is fitting that this new college and programme are being launched at a time when there is a serious shortage of Irish language translators, leading to a difficulty in filling vacancies in the EU institutions. We are confident that Coláiste na hÉireann’s first course will be part of the solution to this problem.”
The Dioplóma Iarchéime san Aistriúchán programme is aimed at those who already have a good standard of Irish, but who wish to learn translation skills or to enhance the skills they already have. It is also ideal for those who work through Irish on a daily basis – teachers and journalists, for example – who wish to improve their standard of writing in the language. The course will also benefit those who are interested in working as a translator, administrator or lawyer-linguist in one of the EU institutions.
The classroom-based sessions will be held on one Saturday a month in Coláiste na hÉireann/Gaelchultúr’s headquarters in Dublin city centre. Since a great deal of the course material will be available on Gaelchultúr’s e-learning website, ranganna.com, the company expects a high level of interest in the programme from all corners of the country.
Further information about the Dioplóma Iarchéime san Aistriúchán programme, and the course brochure and application form, are available at www.gaelchultur.com. Those requiring further information can also call (01) 484 5220 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications for the upcoming course was Tuesday, 10 September.