Irish Culture for English Language Learners
This course is on campus (with possibility of online participation)
Online participation in our Part-Time Courses only applies if joining our on-campus courses from a remote location. If 2+ students apply for online and 2+ students apply for face2face, we would deliver Hybrid teaching. Students joining the class online must use the Microsoft Teams application and cameras must be on during class time. A good internet connection and a quiet space where you are free to speak would be essential (headphones/earphones optional)
Course Name: Irish Culture for English Language Learners
Day(s)/time of class: Wednesdays 6-8 pm (Irish time)
Course length: 6 weeks, 12 hours in class + self-study and assignments for teacher feedback
Course dates for 2022-23 Semester 1:
Block 1: Wednesday 21 September to Wednesday 26 October
Block 2: Wednesday 09 November to Wednesday 14 December
You can continue from one block to another if you wish or blocks can be taken independently of one another. Please indicate on the application form which block(s) you wish to take.
Level(s): B1+ and higher
Course cost - €150*+
*Returning students receive a loyalty discount. Please email email@example.com for details. Or take this course in addition to another full or part-time English language course and receive a discount.
+UCC staff and students should email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about special offers.
This short course will introduce learners to Irish customs, traditions, history and values. It will help those living in Ireland or with an interest in Irish culture, to learn more about the island of Ireland and its culture.
By the end of this course you will have:
- identified features of English as it is spoken in Ireland
- developed your understanding of Irish English
- developed your knowledge of vocabulary influenced by the Irish language and culture
- deepened your knowledge of key Irish myths and folklore
- become familiar with characters and events informing Irish culture and learned how to re-tell myths and stories from Irish folklore
- deepened your understanding of events in Irish history in the 20th and 21st century
- investigated how these events have shaped the political and social environment of present-day Ireland
- discovered Irish sporting traditions in the Gaelic Athletics Association
- related Irish sports to sports from other cultures
- developed an understanding of Irish musical traditions
- deepened your knowledge of songs in Irish culture
- extended your understanding of Irish festivals, traditions and customs
- examined how these customs and traditions are carried out in modern Ireland.
Weekly course plan (may change slightly depending on class needs)
Irish English: The English language in an Irish context
Irish myths and folklore
A divided island: Irish history in the 20th and 21st century
Home of the fastest game on grass: Irish sporting traditions
Irish music and songs
Irish festivals, traditions and customs
Students will receive teacher support to understand all areas of the content, both reading and listening, and will regular feedback from their teachers on their oral skills and language-related issues (e.g. persistent errors affecting communication or pronunciation features)
Feedback form sent after the course.
Minimum class numbers
A minimum number of 4 students will be required for this class to run. If 4 students do not sign up, you will be offered to transfer to another course (depending on level), postpone to another term, or a refund.
Attendance/End of course certificate
Attendance will be taken in every class. If you attend 80% of your lessons, you will receive an end-of-course certificate. Please advise the teacher if you know in advance that you will be absent.
How to Apply
Open for applications. Part-time application form