Irish Course Descriptions
to the Irish Language"
This 1.5 hour class is a basic introduction to conversational Irish, with less emphasis on Irish in written form. The method of learning is by listening, repeating and memorizing words and phrases. Basic vocabulary needed for travelers is taught, as well as Irish songs, poems and proverbs, and a brief overview of the Irish language -- its history and current status among the languages of the world.
Beginner I is an introductory course that covers the basics of Irish -- pronunciation, grammar and conversation. It is intended to lay the foundation for further studies in Irish, although it can also benefit the more casual student as well. Beginner I will introduce the student to basic conversation skills, sentence structure and the unique aspects of Irish pronunciation. This course often includes the learning of songs, poems and colorful idiom.
Prerequisites: Beginner I or equivalent
Beginner II is a continuation course that builds upon material covered in Beginner I, strengthening the student's grasp of Irish pronunciation, grammar and conversation. Beginner II will further polish basic conversation skills, understanding of sentence structure pronunciation. Those who complete Beginner II will have a basic understanding of Irish, be able to hold short conversations, and read simple stories.
Prerequisites: Beginner I & II or equivalent
Intermediate/Advanced I offers an opportunity for students of varying degrees of proficiency to study together using a creative curriculum designed to provide challenges and fun for students of all levels. This course does presume a year or more of prior study, but with the basics mastered, students of Intermediate/Advanced I can expect to round out their Irish studies in a friendly, collaborative atmosphere.
Prerequisites: Beginner I & II or equivalent
A continuation course for intermediate & advanced students, Intermediate/Advanced II offers an opportunity for students of varying degrees of proficiency to continue their studies together using a creative curriculum designed to provide challenges and fun for students of all levels.
Prerequisites: at least 1 year of prior Irish classes
Intermediate I is a course for those who are comfortable with the basics of Irish and are ready to move on. Intermediate I will build upon previous knowledge, expanding vocabulary & fluency using both textbooks and supplemental material. The Intermediate student is introduced to more complex idiom and is taught how to correctly and clearly express themselves through Irish.
Prerequisites: some prior intermediate-level Irish study
Intermediate II is a course for those who have previously begun intermediate-level Irish studies. Intermediate II continues to build upon previous knowledge, expanding vocabulary & fluency using both textbooks and supplemental material, in preparartion for more advanced studies.
Prerequisites: intermediate level studies
Advanced I is a course for those who have studied Irish for two or more years and are very comfortable with basic conversation, grammar, sentence structure and idiom. Advanced I will help round out the student's knowledge of Irish and further strengthen previous knowledge.
Prerequisites: some prior advanced-level studies
Advanced II is a continuation course for those who have studied advance-level Irish. Advanced II will help round out the student's knowledge of Irish using both textbooks and supplemental material.
Prerequisites: prior Irish class experience helpful
The New England CnaG Comhrá groups are informally-run gatherings, usually held in the winter or summer (between formal semesters), although they are sometimes held concurrently with formal semester classes. These groups are usually student run and often center around the use of recordings from a conversational course such as Buntús Cainte, supplemented by whatever materials the group sees fit to use. The purpose of such groups is to strengthen conversational skills in a small-group setting, often in someone's home. Because of the fluid and unstructured nature of such Comhrá groups, please contact us to be put in touch with the Comhrá group nearest you.
(Advanced Irish Usage)
Prerequisites: 2+ years of Irish language studies
Students of the Ciorcal Comhrá group will usually have taken all three levels of Irish offered at the same location; this course offers a means of making use of what the student has previously learnt by conversing with one another and with their instructor. This course does not follow a syllabus or curriculum, but instead pursues goals arrived at within the class.