Classes & Upcoming Festival

Conas Atá Sibh?

A chairde, an bhfuil sibh maith?! Here’s a brief update on what’s going on in the world of Irish classes here in Washington DC!

Our cohort of new Irish students meet every Tuesday for class with Múinteoir Elaine. The group is now approaching the end of their 8-week Introductory Irish course. For students at this stage, the TEG A1 class is the next step towards developing their reading, writing, listening and oral skills, and we look forward to seeing them continue their learning!

The current TEG A1 class meet every Thursday at 7pm, where they cover topics such as food, clothes, hobbies, holidays, etc. The next A1 course begins on March 1st with a host of new topics, so if you’re curious about working towards an Irish language qualification or just want to brush up, then this is the class for you! Registration is now open.

The TEG A2 students are working very hard with Múinteoir Quinton in preparation for this year’s upcoming TEG examination in May. You can read further details about TEG, the exam and registration dates on our website here. To support students, we have a special class discount for anyone who registers for the May exam! The A2 class meet on Wednesdays at 7pm, and the new 6-week course begins on Feb 28th. If you would like to join, there is only a few spaces left in this class, and you can register here!

For anyone who can’t commit to weekly evening classes, we are delighted to be running another 1-Day Introductory Irish class on Sunday, April 1st, 11am – 4pm. This will be a small class focused on covering language basics and getting people started with the language, so expect to be able to introduce yourself and talk about family life, where you live, what you do, hobbies, and tell the time by the end of the day! It’s a fun class and an enjoyable day, so don’t end up being an April fool – be sure to register early if this class sounds like something for you!

So in summary, classes are going ‘go hiontach’. Student feedback on the use of Quizlet (where students can play back audio clips when studying at home) has been incredibly positive, and we are looking at even more ways to help student learning. Which leads us to…

Féile na Gaeilge, our week-long Irish language festival in Washington DC! From Apr 1 – 6th we will be running a series of free workshops and events to encourage folks to get involved and fully active ‘as Gaeilge’ outside of classes! Building from last year’s successful launch, we hope to offer even more variety of opportunities for learners to use their Irish, and we are looking at some novel activities and educational technologies. If you would like to support and help out by way of organising or offering student feedback, then please drop us a line now! More announcements will be posted on our website in the coming weeks, so be sure to mark Apr 1 – 6th in your diary now!

Sin an nuacht uilig, a chairde! For more info on our classes in Friendship Heights, go toí/ All available courses between now and the summer are posted online. For further updates, you can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Táimid ag súil le bualadh leat go luath – idir an dá linn, beir bua!

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