All previous language experience must be declared at the start of the course. AIMS AND INTENDED OUTCOMES
This course will provide a basic grounding in practical language skills. At the end of the course, you should be able to:
Perform simple reading and writing tasks such as understanding simple notices and instructions
Read simple texts and obtain factual information
Produce written information about yourself and others
Give information on topics such as family, home, studies
Express likes, dislikes and preferences
Accomplish simple tasks e.g. ordering food and drink
LEARNING METHODS AND TIMETABLE
ALL CLASSES WILL START IN WEEK 2. Week commencing Monday 1st October.
The course consists of 3 hours of language classes per week PLUS 3 hours of homework/independent study.
The class is timetabled for Thursdays 5-8 pm. If all students agree, it may be rescheduled, but this cannot be guaranteed and depends, among other things, on room availability.
You are expected to attend all sessions. Please let your tutor know if you are unable to attend. After two weeks consecutive absences your home department will be contacted.
NB Classes are offered subject to viability of student numbers and availability of staff. Contact time may vary according to the size of the group. There are 11 weeks of classes (weeks 2-12 inclusive). There will be NO READING WEEK.
HOMEWORK AND INDEPENDENT STUDY
You are expected to do 3 hours of homework and independent study per week. Homework is essential and an integral part of study for the module aiming to strengthen individual student’s skills. 2 pieces of written homework per semester will be essays in Irish ( 150- - 200 words) on topics covered during the semester. They will be marked and, where possible, given a mark on the 100-point scale according to the marking criteria used for the module.
Feedback on your progress will be given regularly throughout the semester.
Two pieces of written work will be assessed using MLTC examination criteria and will give you the opportunity to monitor your progress.
ASSESSMENT & INDEPENDENT STUDY RECORD ( ISR ) There will be 1 module test (combined Reading and Writing), which will take place during the University examination period (Week commencing Monday 14th January - Weeks 13-15).
A Practice test will be available either on MOLE or from your tutor from week 9. It will give you an idea of the format and standard of the assessment on this course.
In addition, you must complete, and hand in, the attached record of independent study. For ideas on materials to use, look at the Materials section below.
The completed Independent Study Record Sheet must be handed in. Bring it to the CLASS in WEEK 11 and hand it in to the tutor. Failure to do so will mean that the final module mark can be no higher than a pass grade.
SELF FUNDERS, HEAR and DDP
Self-funding, HEAR and DDP students are not required to sit the module test. However, in order to have their attendance validated and to be allowed to progress to the next stage, they need to have attended 8 out of 11 classes and must have completed two pieces of formative assessment (i.e. Two assessed essays).
PROGRESSION AND PASSMARK
It is recommended that you should continue to the next stage only if you achieve a final module grade of 52 or above. Pass mark for Undergraduate and DDP students is 40, and for MA students is 50. If in doubt, consult your coordinator.
Course book: Eamonn Ó Dónaill, Gaeilge gan Stró, Dublin: Gaelchultúr, 2011. This can be ordered from Amazon or litríocht.com.
The Western Bank Library and Information Commons house a selection of Irish language learning materials which can be borrowed. Here is a list of useful books in the collection:
Recommended reference grammar
Christian Brothers, The. New Irish Grammar. Dublin: C.J. Fallon, 1991.
Other texts for independent study
Stenson, Nancy. Basic Irish: A Grammar and Workbook. Routledge, 2008. ISBN 041541041X, 978041541041
Byrne, Annette. Gaeilge agus fáilte. Dublin : Gael Linn, 2002. ISBN 1904174027. Book and two CDs
Ní Ghráda, Máiréad. Progress in Irish. Dublin: The Educational Company. ISBN0861671597
Ó Domhnalláin, Tomás, Buntús Cainte: first steps in spoken Irish. Céim a haon / part one. Dublin: 1967, reprinted frequently. Book with CD
Ó Dónaill, Niall. Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla. Dublin: Stationery Office, 1977.
Nic Pháidín, Caoilfhionn and Seán Ó Cearnaigh. A new view of the Irish language. Dublin: Cois Life, 2008.
Ó Murchú, Helen. More Facts about Irish. European Bureau for Lesser-used Languages, 2008 (book and CD).
Ó Murchú, Máirtín. The Irish language. Dublin: Bord na Gaeilge, 1985.
Ó Siadhail, Mícheál. Modern Irish: grammatical structure and dialectal variation. Cambridge: CUP, 1989.
For links to and brief descriptions of online resources, go to sheffieldgaelach.wordpress.com (select ‘links to learning resources’). For an online dictionary (Irish-English and English-Irish), try http://www.englishirishdictionary.com/home.
Work through as much print, computer, video or audio material as you can, recording at least8 items on the attached Record of IndependentStudy. Try to use a variety of different types of resource.
CONTENT OF COURSE See attached programme EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT REQUIREMENTS FORM
If you think there is something we should be aware of which might affect your studying in our department (dyslexia, visual/hearing/mobility impairments), let us know how we might be able to help by completing an Educational Support Requirements form. You will need to fill one of our forms even if you have already informed your home department. Forms are available on MOLE and should be sent to Isabel Diez ( firstname.lastname@example.org) once completed. Your case will be treated in confidence.
During the semester, you can see Kaarina Hollo during consultation hours. (Jessop West, Languages Wing, Room 4.13).
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON MOLE
Please refer to the document “General Course Information” for further details on:
Plagiarism and Collusion
Enjoy the course!
Lesley Walker Module Co-ordinator
Kaarina Hollo Irish Tutor
Modern Languages Teaching Centre Independent Study Record Use this grid to record your independent study. It is designed to help you keep track of your work and think about which activities you find most helpful (see syllabus for ideas on materials you can use).
You will complete at least eight different activities. These are in addition to the homework your tutor sets you. Materials can include books, video or audio tapes, computer programs, on-line materials, etc. (but NOT films). You will choose these activities according to what you feel you need to practise and they should take not less than 30 minutes each. You must hand in your completed form to your tutor before sitting the class tests. If you do not, the maximum grade you will receive is a pass. Your tutor will hand back the record to you if you wish to keep it.
Name: .………………….…….……Tutor and group…………..……………………………
Language & Stage…………...………….Semester & Year…………….……….………….
How did it go/Next step?
Content of course: FR1A
CLASSES START IN WEEK 2 OF THE SEMESTER : Week commencing Monday 1st October.
and Units in the book
Suggested Online resources for Independent Studies