BOOST FOR GORTAHORK AS 100 UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ATTEND IRISH COURSE

first_imgGORTAHORK has hosted more than 100 Irish language university students from the North.The BA Irish Language and Literature students from the University’s Belfast, Coleraine and Magee campuses spent a week in the area on an intensive language programme delivered by University of Ulster staff.Irish language students at Ulster have been attending immersion courses in the Gortahork area of County Donegal for more than 30 years but this year’s course marked a change in structure. Dr Malachy Ó Néill, Head of School of Irish Language and Literature explained “Traditionally our students have spent a fortnight on the residential Gaeltacht course around Easter each year but this has become increasingly difficult in recent times for students who work part-time and who also have coursework deadlines to meet late in the second semester.“The new structure means that students have the opportunity to fulfil the course requirements in terms of residency in a Gaeltacht community by spending one week there per semester. The second course is scheduled for March 2013.”Dr Gearóid Ó Domagáin, Director of the Gaeltacht Course, said he was delighted with the high level of attendance and engagement from the student body.“I would also like to acknowledge the support from Ulster staff who travelled to Donegal to organise and deliver language lessons, seminars and cultural activities. “This year we also introduced a series of afternoon lectures which greatly enriched the course. This enabled students to benefit from new perspectives on their courses in language and literature while resident in an Irish-speaking environment.”All teaching was delivered through the medium of Irish and students and staff stayed with local Irish-speaking families throughout the week. The course concluded with a dinner and Céilí Mór. BOOST FOR GORTAHORK AS 100 UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ATTEND IRISH COURSE was last modified: November 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BOOST FOR GORTAHORK AS 100 UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ATTEND IRISH COURSElast_img

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