Step 1: Free Online Intro Class
We recommend this free online class as a starting point for local or online classes, to introduce you to the language and to answer your questions. The Free Online Intro Class is available on the first Saturday of every month!
YOUR LANGUAGE JOURNEY…
Step 1: Free Online Intro Class
Step 2: Introductory Irish (online and in Washington DC)
These classes will get you started on your journey and equip you with the basic tools to progress in Irish! Introductory classes run all year online, covering a series of basic topics in each term. You can take a 7-week Introductory course online or in Washington DC, or the 1-Day Introductory Intensive in DC.
Step 3: A1 – Beginner Level (online and in Washington DC)
This class is for beginners who have attended the Introductory Irish course or have some prior learning experience. When you start at A1 level, you typically have a very basic knowledge of the language – your vocabulary is very limited and you have no real understanding of the grammar. You can introduce yourself, ask simple directions and order food & drink in a café or restaurant. A1 classes run throughout the year, with each term covering new topics pertaining to the A1 curriculum. New students are welcome to join A1 classes at any time, and registered students are not obliged to sit a TEG exam.
Step 4: A2 – Elementary Level (online and in Washington DC)
This class is for improving students who have passed the TEG A1 examination or who been approved to join by the course teacher. On joining the A2 level class you are expected to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases. You can introduce yourself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, people you know and things you have. You can interact in a simple way, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. A2 classes run throughout the year, with each term covering new topics pertaining to the A2 curriculum. New students are welcome to join A2 classes at any time, and registered students are not obliged to sit a TEG exam.
Step 5: B1 – Intermediate Level (online)
Once you have gained TEG A2 certification, you may opt for B1 classes. When starting at this level, you are expected to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). You can communicate in simple and routine tasks, requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. You can describe, in simple terms, aspects of your background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need. This course runs throughout the year, with each term covering new topics pertaining to the B1 curriculum. New students are welcome to join B1 classes at any time, and registered students are not obliged to sit a TEG exam.
Register for any of these courses at LetsLearnIrish.com/courses
Steps Following Registration
After registering for a weekly Irish course, please follow the following steps:
(1) Apply to join your online group – you will find the link in the Top Menu of our homepage under ‘Course Groups’.
(2) Post your Quizlet username in the message board so that your teacher can add you to the course Quizlet.
Online Groups Explained
As well as live online classes, our students are supported through online group forums. This is where your course teacher will share notes, post homework exercises and answer questions. All those attending the course can communicate together in the group. You will find a link to your online group on our website under ‘Course Groups’ in the Top Menu. Online students will also find the video link for their classes here.
Quizlet is an excellent online study tool for learning and revising new vocabulary. The language content you cover in class will be supported by our audio recordings and exercises on Quizlet. If you do not have a Quizlet account, go ahead and set one up now. In order for your teacher to accept you into your course Quizlet, please use a username similar to your own name. Your course fee includes full access to Quizlet until the end of the course term.
Certification in Irish Language Proficiency
None of our students are required to undertake any Irish language exams. However, you may like to attend A1 or A2 TEG (Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge) classes and work towards gaining an internationally-recognised qualification. Students often find that the exams prove to be an excellent target and motivator for their language progress. TEG exams measure students proficiency in reading, writing, listening and conversation. The first TEG examination is TEG A1, for which the recommended number of study hours/learning is 80 – 100 hours. We have had many students successfully complete TEG A1 and A2 exams at our centre in Washington DC. You can read more on our TEG.page.
Attending Classes in Washington DC
Classes take place at Chevy Chase Pavilion, 5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW 20015 in Friendship Heights (red line). Our classrooms are situated next to the T-Mobile store and Cheesecake Factory. It is a good idea to arrive 5 – 10 minutes early for classes, as entry to our classroom is restricted once teaching begins. Further location details can be found on our Contact page.
Attending Online Classes
Our online classes are conducted using Zoom software and are best attended using an online device such as a laptop, tablet or desktop computer. A webcam/mic and reliable internet connection are required. You can download the software in advance of your first class by visiting the Zoom website. Registered students will be emailed a link to the online class prior to the first class, and this link will be valid for all future online sessions.
If you are unable to attend any of our classes, online or in Washington DC, do not worry – your online course group/homework assignments and Quizlet resources will help to keep you updated!
Beyond the Classroom
There are a number of ways to practise your Irish outside of classes, either through local activity group or with Gaeltacht.net – please see our Community page for more information about the ways we try to help learners connect with each other. You may also like to volunteer at events such as Féile na Gaeilge, or submit posts for our blog during the year – please contact us if you would like to get involved in any way!
Classes run throughout the year and new students may join at any time. Courses are scheduled in tandem with the traditional academic calendar, as follows:
Term 1: Sept/Oct (TEG Topics 1, 2, 3)
Term 2: Nov/Dec (TEG Topics 4, 5, 6)
Term 3: Jan/Feb (TEG Topics 7, 8, 9)
Term 4: Mar/Apr (TEG Topics 10, 11, 12)
Term 5: May/Jun (TEG Topics 13, 14, 15/Exam preparation)