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MLT 130 Irish Beginners

Module Outline 2012-13




10 credits



Module Coordinator

Lesley Walker


Kaarina Hollo


Lesley Walker:

Kaarina Hollo :

All previous language experience must be declared at the start of the course.

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


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.


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.
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-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).


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 litrí

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


De Bhaldraithe, Tomás. English-Irish Dictionary. Dublin: Stationery Office, 1959.

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.
Electronic resources:

For links to and brief descriptions of online resources, go to (select ‘links to learning resources’). For an online dictionary (Irish-English and English-Irish), try

Work through as much print, computer, video or audio material as you can, recording at least 8 items on the attached Record of Independent Study. Try to use a variety of different types of resource.
CONTENT OF COURSE See attached programme

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 ( 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).


Please refer to the document “General Course Information” for further details on:

  • Plagiarism and Collusion

  • Attendance

  • Student Representatives

  • Learning Vocabulary

  • Transferable Skills.


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…………….……….………….


Description/Ref. no

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

Week 1 of course

Unit 1

Meeting people

Greetings; Introductions; Telephone numbers; saying goodbye

Prepositional pronouns do and ar

Personal pronouns

Emphatic forms

Numbers 0-10

Vocative case

There is an online version of the textbook, and the first unit is available to try for free at:


Unit 2

Background and Where you live

Asking and saying where one is from;

Asking and saying where one lives;

Asking about and stating nationality

The verb ‘is’

Prepositions ‘as’ and ‘i’


Idiom for stating dwelling-place : possessive adjectives + ‘cónaí’

Conversations with audio


Unit 2

Naming countries and nationalities;

Asking for and giving an address;

Naming different places and facilities

Emphatic forms of pronouns

Numbers 11-20

Singular and plural article

Initial changes to nouns

Games to build vocabulary


Unit 3

The Family

Stating and asking about marital status

Naming family members

Asking and talking about children

Asking and talking about siblings

Introducing family members

‘Yes‘ and ‘no‘ questions

Prepositional pronoun ‘ag‘

Personal numerals

Noun ‘bliain‘ after numbers 1-20

Possessive adjectives

1st assessed written homework to be handed in last class of week 4.

Brief powerpoint presentation on family vocabulary

Audio recording of a few phrases (Ulster Irish) -- this is part of a ‘word-a-day’ service


Unit 4

The House and Accommodation

Asking and talking about accommodation

Asking about and describing location

Naming rooms and household objects

Talking about rent

The preposition ‘i’

Initial changes to nouns

Counting things

Feedback on 1st assessed written homework in first class of week 5.

Flashcards for rooms of house and types of house

More house vocabulary and a few games to play with them


Unit 5


Asking and talking about activities

Expressing opinions about pastimes

Stating abilities

Naming pastimes

Expressing frequency

Questions and answers in the present tense

The verb ‘is’

‘chuig’ and ‘go dtí’

Adverbs of frequency


Unit 6

Daily Life

Asking about and telling the time

Asking and talking about times at which one does things

Naming times of day

Numbers and time

‘ar’ + séimhiú

Séimhiú on verbs following ‘cén t-am’

The present tense of the verb

Choose ‘uimhreacha’ to play a simple game identifying the correct time

Flashcards and games with time-telling vocabulary


Unit 6

Daily Life

Talking about daily routine

Naming days of the week

Present habitual tense

‘abhaile’ vs. ‘sa bhaile’

Fill in the gaps as you go – the next slide tells you if you’re right


Unit 7

Talents and Skills

Asking and talking about abilities

Talking about ease and difficulty

Talking about languages

Dealing with communication problems

Questions and answers in the present tense

Prepositional pronoun ‘ag’

Prefixes ‘an-‘ and ‘ró-‘
2nd assessed written homework to be handed in last class of week 9.


Unit 8


Talking about work

Naming jobs and places of employment

Talking about conditions of employment

Questions and answers in the present tense

The preposition ‘i ‘

Dependent forms of the verb

The verb ‘is’

‘Bí’ vs. ‘is’


Revision : Feedback on 2nd assessed written homework in first class of week 11.

There are 11 weeks of classes. There will be no Reading Week.
There will be 1 module test, which will take place during the University Examination Period

(Week commencing Monday 14th January - Weeks 13-15).


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