DCU launch free online Irish course

Beth Molloy

A free online Irish language and culture course was launched by Dublin City University on Monday the 16th of September.

The course entitled Irish 101: An introduction to the Irish Language and Culture was launched by DCU in partnership with FutureLearn, an online organisation that offers a range of short courses. 

The course will cover a variety of cultural topics including Irish mythology, Ogham and information about Gaeltacht areas in Ireland.

By the end of the four week course participants will be able to discuss their home and social life and hold conversation about Gaelic sport. 

The course is aimed at anyone who is interested in learning to speak Irish and learning more about Irish culture. A high standard of Irish is not needed in order to complete this course.

The DCU website explains that participants will “gain an insight into the language of Ireland and the people who speak it”.

Despite the official start date of the course being the 16th of September, you can still register to participate until the course is no longer available online. The course asks that those who are taking it allocate four hours every week to learning.

The course has been developed by DCU lecturers including Ciarán MacMurchaidh, Caitríona Nic Giolla Mhichíl and Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl. Caitríona Nic Giolla Mhichíl is an Irish and History teacher while Mairéad Nic Giolla Mhichíl is an associate professor of Information Technology at DCU.

The course itself is funded by the National Lottery in collaboration with The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and is a part of the Government’s twenty year strategy for the Irish Language.

The course was first launched last November as part of the National Library’s Open University and is now available on the DCU website.

Caitríona Nic Giolla Mhicíl told the College View that there are “learners from 135 countries worldwide who the course has reached and over 45,000 students worldwide have completed or currently taking the course.”

“There has been a great interest in the course to date” she said. “the course aligns with the strategy that the university has for online learning and it’s reaching learners all around the world.”

A new series entitled ‘Irish 201’, which will be aimed at those with an intermediate level of Irish is to be launched online at the end of October.

Beth Molloy

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