IRISH

By the completion of the fourth semester or it’s equivalent (Intermediate Irish II), students are expected to have attained the following proficiency level:

SPEAKING
Students will demonstrate a lower intermediate level of proficiency. They will be able to carry out conversations based on daily activities and interests, such as school, work, hobbies, family, family & friends, travel and future plans in class and in informal settings. They will be able to switch seamlessly between the present, past, future and conditional tenses.

WRITING
Students will demonstrate a lower intermediate level of proficiency enabling them to write short essays, opinion pieces and reviews in Irish. They will develop grammatical accuracy in their writing.

LISTENING
Students will demonstrate a lower intermediate level of proficiency and be able to understand conversations and television programming based on familiar topics.

READING
Students will demonstrate an upper intermediate level of reading proficiency. They will be able to read newspaper and journal articles with the assistance of a dictionary. They will also display the ability to engage with materials written in different dialects and styles.

CULTURE
Students will display cultural competence and sensitivity to Ireland and Irish language culture through exposure to areas such as music, literature, folklore, history and politics.

REFLECTIVITY
Students will possess the skills and confidence to explore Irish language situations beyond the classroom, such as social media, television and conversation groups. They will be able to identify their personal language learning goals and will be able to work independently, in addition to in the classroom, towards those goals.