About our online courses

When do the courses start and for how long will they run?

Our Oideas Gael Online courses began on Sunday, May 24th 2020, and will run until Friday, August 7th. Each course lasts five days and includes five sessions of live online tuition (one hour per day for five days). All class and event times listed on our website are local to Ireland (GMT+1)—please take this into account when viewing our course calendar if you live outside of Ireland.

Currently, all classes are scheduled in the evening time so that they are accessible to people living in other time zones as well as Irish people who may be occupied during typical working hours.

For how long does each course last and what's involved?

Each course lasts five days and includes five sessions of live online tuition; one hour per day for five days. The normal schedule is as follows:

  • 6pm, Sunday evening: Welcome and orientation (optional, 30 minutes).
  • Monday-Friday: One 60-minute class each evening.

In addition, there will also be at least one online social event each week to allow people to meet outside of class.

And I can choose my own course?

Regular attendees at Oideas Gael are familiar with a system where learners are placed in a suitable class in consultation with one of our staff. For the purposes of the online classes, however, we are asking you choose your own class based on the descriptions available. That said, feel free to get in touch with us if you are unsure and would like our help!

How do the classes work?

We use a system called Zoom, which is similar to Skype, to host the classes. Don’t worry if you haven’t used Zoom before. It’s easy and we will be available to help you. You will receive more information before your course begins.

How many people will there be in each class?

There will typically be between 5–8 people in each class. Our booking system limits the number of participants. We try to have slightly less participants in the beginner levels, so the teacher has more time with each learner, and slightly more participants in the higher levels where participants benefit more from a greater range of conversation opportunities.

Is there an emphasis on a particular dialect of Irish?

We always advise learners not be unnecessarily worried about questions of dialect, particularly in the earlier stages of learning. While some of our learning materials, such as the Enjoy Irish! course used in the beginner levels, do emphasise the Ulster dialect we employ teachers from all regions and with many different dialects. As a learner, you will benefit from coming into contact with a dialect you are less familiar with. If you are interested in a particular dialect, your teacher can take that into account and will be able to help you.

Are the course materials provided? Do I need any books?

You do not require any specific book in advance of any of the current language courses. Course materials will be provided to you in PDF format; sound and video files may also be provided. That said, many people like to make use of a dictionary or one of the many learning resources available at siopagaeilge.ie.

I booked a course but my credit card hasn't been debited yet?

Once you have received your booking confirmation e-mail your place is secured. We review all applications before debiting the course fee. Typically, your course fee will be debited by the end of the next working day at the latest.

What happens if I need to cancel a booking?

In the event you need to cancel your booking your course fee will be refunded provided you contact us in writing (e.g. via e-mail) no later than five days before the course start date.

What happens if all the classes fill up? Will there be more in the future?

Our summer series of online courses will conclude on August 7th, 2020. We are offering Oideas Gael courses on site in Gleann Cholm Cille for the rest of the month of August—see oideasgael.ie. We hope to offer further online courses in the winter.

I have more questions! What do I do?

No problem! Feel free to get in touch with us any time: our contact details are at the bottom of the page.

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