About our online courses
Our second series of Oideas Gael Online courses begin on Monday, September 28th 2020, and will run until Friday, November 27th. Each course includes eight 90-minute sessions of live online tuition. All class and event times listed on our website are local to Ireland—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.
Each course takes place over eight weeks with one class per week. Please note that each course takes place on a specific day or specific days during the week. The course schedule is as follows:
- September 28th–October 23rd: Weeks 1–4.
- October 26–30th: Mid-term break (no class).
- November 2nd–27th: Weeks 5–8.
In addition, there will also be at least one online social event each week to allow people to meet outside of class.
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!
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.
There will typically be between 10–12 people in each class group. 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 from a greater range of conversation opportunities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our current series of online courses will conclude on November 28th, 2020. We hope to offer further online courses in the spring. Also, you can now register for our 2021 courses in Gleann Cholm Cille, Gleann Fhinne and Tory Island on oideasgael.ie.
No problem! Feel free to get in touch with us any time: our contact details are at the bottom of the page.