Conference to explore ‘innovative’ ways to teach Irish
Pól Ó Muirí
The School of Education, UI, Galway, and the Irish-language school group, Gaelscoileanna Teo, will hold a conference on new and “innovative” methods to teach Irish on Saturday, 27th February. The event is aimed at secondary school teachers as 40 per cent of the marks in the Leaving Cert will be for oral Irish from 2012. The main topic of discussion will be Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), a method in which a subject is taught through the medium of a second language, a language which is not the pupil’s mother tongue. Lecturers and teachers from Valencia, the Basque country, Italy, Scotland and Ireland will share their opinions and experience of this method of language teaching.
Sinéad Ní Ghuidhir from the School of Education said that CLIL helps children speak a language without them realising it. CLIL is used throughout Europe and there are “wonderful opportunities” for Irish-language teaching with it: “There are challenges to teaching any language. Our colleagues throughout Europe have much experience of those challenges and they will explain them to us.”