Self-Study Courses

Would you like to study Irish in your own time, independent of a teacher, at your own pace? Then, try Gaelteanga’s highly interactive and engaging self-study courses. These courses, which are carefully graded, aim to make the language accessible and fun to learn.
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Course Content
  • Six-month access to an online self-study course
  • Each new word or phrase accompanied by a sound file
  • Five fun interactive quizzes at the end of each unit of learning
  • Full support throughout the course
  • Content can be accessed easily from any device
  • Option of undertaking an online oral exam and gaining a certificate
Our approach
  • These self-study courses are carefully graded and the language is taught in a clear and accessible way.
  • Each new word or sentence is accompanied by a sound file.
  • The focus is on teaching natural everyday Irish and getting the learner to communicate in the language as soon as possible.
  • Each unit contains five fun interactive exercises which test the learner’s knowledge of the language taught in that unit.
  • Grammar is taught in context, as it’s required, and is presented in manageable chunks. Complicated explanations are avoided.
  • On completing a course, learners can take an online oral exam and gain a certificate or choose to progress to the next course without taking an exam.

Course Levels

Beginners / A1 (TiLG steps 1, 2 and 3)

  • Aimed at those who have no knowledge of the Irish language or who know only a few words and phrases.
  • It is not suitable for anyone who has already completed a course at level A1 or who has studied Irish at secondary school.

Elementary / A2 (TiLG steps 4, 5 and 6)

  • Suitable for those who have undertaken a complete course at level A1.
  • Learners who take this course are able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases.
  • They are able to introduce themselves and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where someone lives, people they know and things they have.
  • They can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
  • In an Irish context, this level usually suits those who did ordinary level Irish in the Leaving Cert.

Lower Intermediate / B1 (TiLG steps 7 and 8)

  • This level is aimed at those who can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance, e.g., very basic personal and family information, local geography, employment.
  • They can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • They can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
  • In an Irish context, this level usually suits those who did higher level Irish in the Leaving Cert.

Upper Intermediate / B2 (TiLG steps 9 and 10)

  • Suitable for those who can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • They are comfortable speaking Irish and use the language from time to time – in a social context, for example
  • They can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst talking to native speakers.
  • They can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
  • They can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
  • The topics at this level are more challenging than those covered at lower intermediate level.

A Guide to using the self-study courses