Colaiste Lurgan, the creative and ever-blossoming Irish language school in Connemara, is preparing for the March 3rd launch of their massive initiative to help people who would like to learn the Irish language.
Here's Lurgan's description of the initiative they're calling “Sé Seachtaini” (six weeks):
Would you like to improve your confidence in speaking Gaeilge and develop your functional fluency in the language? If so, we invite you to undertake our six week program called “Sé Seachtaini” which kicks off on our Youtube Channel “TG Lurgan” on the 3rd March. The emphasis is very much on the sounds, rhythms and structures of everyday conversational Gaeilge with the aim of getting learners chatting as Gaeilge from the very beginning.
Central to this initiative is OIDE our on-line Irish Language Lab where you can get accustomed to hearing your own voice speaking Gaeilge as you mimic native speaker audio. OIDE also incorporates a number of audio based interactive tasks that reinforce the learning targets of each lesson.
Finally you are challenged anticipate and record their own responses to set questions on each lesson. OIDE is available from the App Store / Play Store and can also be installed on PCs and Macs. All of the different versions are run of a central database which updates learners recordings regardless which device they use.
If you have no previous instruction in the Irish language, this may not be the programme best suited to your needs. One of our Wild Geese Heritage Partners, The Irish Gift, offers language classes suited to your needs via Skype or Google Hangout. Click their logo below to check out what they offer, and please let them know The Wild Geese sent you! :-)