IR10050 Irish for Beginners/Gaeilge do Thosaitheoirí

Academic Year 2024/2025

This is an Irish language module aimed at complete beginners. It is designed for students who have not previously studied Irish and students who have no knowledge of the Irish language or know only a few words and phrases.

This module will be an introduction to the Irish language in which students are required to participate actively and devote time to autonomous learning. Emphasis will be placed on developing the four language skills. At the end of the module students will have mastered the key linguistic elements of level A1 (foundation level 1) of the syllabus developed for the European Certificate in Irish and will be progressing towards acquiring level A2 (foundation level 2). This module is offered by the School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore.

Students may need a laptop and Wifi connection to participate fully in this module.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

- construct short descriptive and narrative written texts to convey basic information related to everyday topics;- communicate in basic everyday interactions;- engage with simple written texts and audio material;- demonstrate a basic knowledge of grammar

Indicative Module Content:

Basic communicative functions: identifying onself by name and place of origin; likewise for other people; speaking about work and hobbies; indicating preferences; describing the weather; and various others as time allows.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Classwork with a tutor, working with written materials and engaging in activities intended to develop speaking ability; listening to audio or film material; engaging with language material online. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

No prior learning

Learning Exclusions:

Students who have studied Irish to Junior/Leaving Certificate level, or who have studied the language to a comparable standard, should not take this module and will not be assessed in this module.

Learning Recommendations:

No prior learning

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
IR10040 - Teanga na Gaeilge I

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment(Including Essay): Students will complete practical translation, composition, and transcription tasks. n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Exam (In-person): Students will complete an in-person written exam to assess composition, reading comprehension, and translation. n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be provided when continuous assessment activities are being returned to students.

Name Role
Mr Stephen O'Brien Lecturer / Co-Lecturer