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Video Grammar Course for Primary School Teachers (2017)

What kind of course is it?

This online summer course, which is worth 3 EPV days, is aimed at primary school teachers who wish to improve their knowledge of Irish language grammar and to learn effective new ways of teaching grammatical rules. It’s suitable for teachers who don’t feel confident when speaking or writing Irish and who therefore wish to add to their language skills. It’s a bilingual course – an English translation of each sentence in Irish is provided.

EPV days:

3

Course starts:

03/07/2017

Course ends:

25/08/2017

Course length:

20 hours

Number of units:

5

Bilingual:

Discussion forum:

Audio content:

Interactive exercises:

Downloadable content:

Video content:

Introduction

This online summer course, which is worth 3 EPV days, is aimed at primary school teachers who wish to improve their knowledge of Irish language grammar and to learn effective new ways of teaching grammatical rules. It is suitable for teachers who don’t feel confident when speaking or writing in Irish and who therefore wish to improve their language skills. The course is bilingual - an English translation is provided for every Irish sentence.

The main objectives of the course are:

  • to teach the core aspects of Irish grammar relating to the themes of the curriculum through videos and enjoyable interactive activities
  • to teach and present Irish grammar in a way that will help participants to teach the themes and language of the curriculum in the classroom (e.g. lesson plans and ideas for activities in the classroom)
  • to give teachers the self-confidence and technical skills that will help them learn effectively and independently, which will improve their teaching skills
  • to enable teachers to use Irish accurately and confidently in their teaching and in their communication with pupils
  • to give teachers recommendations on ways to help students improve their literacyand linguistic skills through the use of technology, and way of measuring students progress in regard to Irish literacy skills.
  • to advise participants in regard to school self-evaluation and school improvement
  • to give teachers an opportunity to share practical ideas and activities for the classroom with each other in the course discussion forum.

Author

This course was written by Deirdre Nic Chárthaigh, and it’s based on grammar videos developed by Lisa Madden for Gaelchultúr, in conjunction with Éamonn Ó Dónaill.

Deirdre was born and raised in Artane in Dublin. She attended Coláiste Íosagáin and was awarded a full university scholarship by the Department of Education and Skills for attaining the best results in Leaving Certificate subjects completed through Irish.

She studied Modern Irish and History in Trinity College, Dublin. She became a scholar of Trinity College in her second year and earned a first class honours degree.



Course Content

Module 1

  • The Noun and Singular Adjective

Module 2

  • The Noun and Plural Adjective

Module 3

  • The Simple Prepositions

Module 4

  • The Prepositions + The Definite Article

Module 5

  • Irish Language Technolgical Resources

Course guide

Course layout

There are five modules in this course and each module contains a mixture of videos and interactive exercises.

All the exercises are interactive. Once you have completed an exercise, you can then click on the ‘Seol’ (Send) button and receive feedback immediately. You’ll be told which answers were correct and which were incorrect, and you’ll be given the correct answers and a score.

At the beginning of each module, you’re told what the focus of that module is.

In order to move from one screen to another, all you have to do is click on the arrows which appear on the left-hand side (to go back) or on the right-hand side (to go forward), at the top and bottom of each screen. You can also click on any line of text under the words PLEAN AN AONAID on the left-hand side of the screen in order to access another part of the module.

On the last page of each module, An leathanach scoir, you’re given an overview of the work that you’ve done in that module and your total score for the module. You’re given several choices as well: to continue to the next module, to redo the module you’ve just completed, or go back to the very beginning of the course.

Forum

A discussion forum will be provided for Video Grammar Course for Primary School Teachers. In this forum, teachers will answer the interactive question at the end of each module, as well as the reflective question at the very end of the course.

Those registered for the course will also have an opportunity to contact other teachers through the discussion forum. They will be able to send messages, ask and discuss questions, and express ideas.

Assessment

There are interactive exercises in each module, and once you’ve completed an exercise you can then click on the Seol (Send) button and receive feedback immediately. While you’re given a score for these exercises, they’re not assessed for the purposes of the award of EPV days; their aim is to stimulate the user’s interaction with the course content, and to give him/her the opportunity to practise what he/she has learned.

Participation in the online debate forum is an obligatory part of each module. Learners must participate in the forum by sharing ideas with the other participants and by completing written tasks.

At the end of the course, the participants must answer a reflective question. This question will confirm that you have engaged with the course content, and it will give you the opportunity to reflect on the implementation of the course content in the classroom.

Assessment of your work is based predominantly on the standard of your written work, but a record will also be kept of the amount of time you spent working on the course.

Important

In order to earn 3 EPV days, the course must be completed between 3 July 2017 and 25 August 2017. During that period, it’s up to you to decide when to study the course content.

Department of Education and Skills criteria for online courses stipulate that participants may complete one online course for the awarding of 3 EPV days, two online courses for 4 EPV days and three online courses for 5 EPV days.


FAQs

When can I register for the course?

Immediately!

When can I start the course?

Any time from the beginning of July onwards. In order to earn 3 EPV days, the course must be completed between 3 July 2017 and 25 August 2017.

By what date will I have to have completed the course?

By 25 August 2017. In order to earn 3 EPV days, the course must be completed some time between 3 July 2017 and 25 August 2017. During that period it’s up to you to decide when to study the course content.

What work will I have to do in each module?

You will have to read the material in the module and do all the interactive exercises.
When you have done all that work, you will have to answer the interactive question at the end of the module. You must post this answer on the course forum.
You must publish at least one post per module in the forums aside from answering the interactive questions.
At the very end of the course, you must answer the reflective question. Again, you must post your answer on the course forum.

How many hours must I spend doing the course work?

Approximately 20 hours.

Is the course material written in Irish or in English?

The course is bilingual - each sentence in Irish is translated into English.

Will I have to answer the interactive question at the end of each module in Irish?

No. We would encourage you to use as much Irish as possible in your answers, but you can use English if you need to.

Can I undertake the course using my smartphone or my tablet computer. e.g. iPad?

Most of ranganna.com can be used on smartphones and tablet computers, however the site’s multimedia content does not work on all devices. It would be advisable, therefore, to try a sample unit of the course you’re interested in on the device before registering for that course.

What happens if I have a question?

Write it on the forum or write to your course facilitator.
If you have any difficulties with the site, call (01) 484 5220 or write to eolas@ranganna.com.

Can I do more than one course?

Absolutely! Department of Education and Skills criteria for online courses stipulate that participants may complete one online course for the awarding of 3 EPV days, two online courses for 4 EPV days and three online courses for 5 EPV days.

How will I know when I have completed the course?

You will have completed the course when:

  • you have spent approximately 20 hours working on the course material
  • you have answered the five interactive questions as well as the reflective question
  • you have published at least one post per module in the forums aside from answering the interactive questions.
  • the course facilitator is happy that your work is of a suitably high standard.

You will receive your certificate and CPD record within two working days of having completed the course. It takes a little while to compile the answers, and to prepare the certificate and record.


If you have any other questions, email eolas@ranganna.com, or call either (1890) 252 900 or (01) 484 5220.

Feedback

‘This course has given some very practical and fun ideas for using new vocabulary and grammar in a variety of contexts.’ - KO’C

‘The content of the course was very organised, and the layout gave me ideas on how to approach teaching different areas of Gaeilge.’ - SJK

‘The course content will help me enormously in the classroom. The course provided lots of colourful and appealing pictures that can be used to teach vocabulary, as well as fun games that can be used in the classroom. Each game included pictures which will greatly help pupils who find Irish difficult. The course also provided lots of simple useful phrases that I will teach in the classroom.’ - ER