Aonad na Gaeilge is the Irish Language Unit at the University of Limerick. The Unit has a strong association with the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and it provides Irish language classes as part of the Blas Summer School schedule every year. Language classes are offered at two levels (absolute beginners and intermediate) depending on student interest. These language classes give participants a flavour of the language and look particularly at themes around applied Irish for musicians and dancers.
Absolute Beginners / Bunrang:
This level is aimed at those with no previous knowledge of Irish. It is not suitable for anyone who studied Irish at school. By the end of this short programme, participants will have dealt with basic greetings, be able to say a little about their background, and about their interest in music or dance, in particular. The main emphasis is on speaking and listening. Participants will be given lots of opportunities to practise their Irish in pair and group work.
Intermediate class / Meánrang:
This level will be suitable for those who did Irish at school. Beidh an leibhéal seo oiriúnach do dhaoine a dhein an Ghaeilge mar ábhar scoile. Díreofar ar an nGaeilge ghinearálta agus ar téamaí a bhaineann le saol an cheoltóra/rinceora ach go háirithe. Students will be introduced to some specialist music terminology and the practical contexts of the music class, session, interview and radio will be engaged with. The communicative approach is used and students will get lots of opportunities to practise the language. Cuirfear an bhéim ar an gcumarsáid agus ar an spraoi.Note: Content covered will be similar to content covered in previous years. If there are not enough students to hold a meánrang class, we will do our best to cater for these students in the bunrang level.
Teacher/Múinteoir: Pól Ó Flatharta
Pól works as a tutor in Aonad na Gaeilge, University of Limerick. A native of Connemara, he has been living here in Limerick city for a number of years now. He is particularly interested in Irish language awareness and culture. He has been teaching Irish at Blas for the past 3 years now and enjoys it a lot. He thinks there is something special about Blas where Irish music, dance and magic are intertwined; in celebration of Irish language culture.
Tá Pól Ó Flatharta ag obair mar theagascóir in Aonad na Gaeilge, Ollscoil Luimnigh. As Conamara ó dhúchas, tá sé ag cur faoi anseo i gcathair Luimnigh le roinnt blianta beaga anois. Tá suim ar leith aige i bhfeasacht teanga agus i gcultúr na Gaeilge. Tá sé ag múineadh na Gaeilge ag Blas le 3 bliana anuas anois agus baineann sé a lán suilt as. Síleann sé go bhfuil rud éigin speisialta faoi Bhlas áit go bhfuil ceol, damhsa agus draíocht na Gaeilge fite fuaite ina chéile; ina cheiliúradh ar chultúr na Gaeilge.
For more infon on Aonad na Gaeilge, visit: https://ulsites.ul.ie/aonadnagaeilge/?lang=ga