Courses in the Gaeltacht

Gaeltacht Courses

Course Overview

The Location:
Gael Linn’s Gaeltacht courses for adults are held in Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Donegal, which is one of the largest Irish-speaking areas in the country. The classes take place in Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge (or 'Ionad na hOllscoile' according to Google Maps). The area is one of outstanding natural beauty, surrounded by the Derryveagh Mountains, the most majestic of which is Errigal. Some of the finest beaches in Ireland are to be found in Gaoth Dobhair.

The Course:
The courses run Sunday to Saturday. Irish language classes are held each day starting at 9.30a.m. until 3.00p.m, and the course concludes at 1.00 p.m. on the Saturday. One of the aims of the course is to show that the Irish language is vibrant and relevant to all aspects of modern life. There will be a varied evening programme of lectures, poetry-readings, table-quiz, céilí etc and information will be available about cultural events taking place in the vicinity.

Typically there are 4 levels on each course and we try to cater to all levels:
1) New to Gaeilge: complete beginners, for people who have never learned Irish or have very little knowledge of the language.
2) Cúpla Focal: for anyone who has studied Irish before, still at a basic level but have some phrases.
3) Intermediate: for anyone looking to improve on confidence speaking, increases vocab and have a decent understanding of Irish.
4) Advanced: anyone who has a very good grasp on the language and is looking to focus improving grammar and vocab at a high standard.

Accommodation:
Course participants make their own accommodation arrangements. Gael Linn can supply a list of local hotels and guest houses.

Dates for Summer 2020: 
A: 28/06/20 - 04/07/20
B: 26/07/20 - 01/08/20

Fee & Registration:
The courses are priced at €250 - his fee covers tuition and evening lectures. To register please download and complete the application form above and return it by post (or by email) to us with a non-refundable deposit of €100.
NOTE: There is a 10% discount available for anyone with a valid student card, for anyone receiving a pension, and for job seekers.

SCG & OCG Recognition:
Gael Linn’s Donegal courses are recognised by the Department of Education and Science and they satisfy the requirement that primary teachers trained outside the State must attend a recognised course in the Gaeltacht. There will be a number of lectures/workshops specifically for teachers in addition to the programme already described. When applying please quote SCG.

More Info:
For more information contact us on 01 675 1200 or email eolas@gael-linn.ie, or visit our office at 35 Dame Street, Dublin 2.

Past-participant Recommendations:
"Beidh mé ar ais an bhliain seo chugainn." 
"Enjoyed the conversation in and out of class" 
"Thaitin an t-atmaisféar sa choláiste liom." 
"Mholfainn do dhuine ar bith an cúrsa seo a dhéanamh." 

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