21/05/19

First Online Course for the Training of Teachers of Irish to Adults – to be announced by Minister of State Seán Kyne

The Government Chief-Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Seán Kyne TD, has announced during a visit to Maynooth University today the approval of a grant of €270,000 to the Centre for Irish Language Research, Teaching and Testing in the School of Celtic Studies (Lárionad na Gaeilge) at Maynooth University for the teaching of Irish to adult learners over a three year period from 2019-2021.

This project will replace the diploma in teaching Irish to adult learners run by Lárionad na Gaeilge over the past 6 years which was also funded by the Department. The aim of this new course is the online provision of the training previously provided by the diploma in teaching Irish.The online learning will involve three options, attending a training module without certification/qualification, attending a module and completing a certification/qualification or attending a module and also undertaking teaching practice.

Announcing the grant, Minister Seán Kyne TD stated,

“This will provide more flexibility to those who do not have the opportunity to attend courses on a regular basis and it will also provide training and qualification online in the teaching of Irish to people worldwide who are teaching Irish to adult learners. Here at home, increased access to broadband and the establishment of the Gteiceanna (Digital Hubs) in the Gaeltacht will mean that access to courses like this is no longer limited to towns and cities.”

I am delighted to have the opportunity to provide funding for this and I wish every success to Maynooth University in regard to this rewarding course, it is a very exciting development in the Irish-language teaching landscape. It will benefit the teachers of Irish and adult learners here in Ireland, and will also enable us to support the Irish diaspora and those teaching Irish in hundreds of centres abroad.

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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