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Irish for Beginners 1: Simple Conversations


Admission requirements

Acquaintance with the elementary terminology of phonetics and syntax.


Irish is a fascinating but complicated language with an extensive history. This course will introduce students to the pronunciation and in particular to the basics of grammar and vocabulary of Modern Irish (the Munster dialect of the Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry), by concentrating on understanding and producing simple sentences.

Course objectives

Knowledge of and insight into the basic aspects of Modern Irish pronunciation and sentence structure, the ability to understand and produce simple sentences, as well as some knowledge of Irish culture.


The timetable is available on the BA English website

Mode of instruction

13 weekly seminar sessions of 3 hours each.

Course Load

  • Seminars: 39h

  • Self-study: 101h

Assessment method

Exclusively on the basis of active participation in class, including the preparation of oral assignments.

Resit: oral exam (100%)


Not used.

Reading list

  • Wim Tigges, Tosach Gaeilge: Irish for Beginners; to be obtained from the tutor during the first meeting.

  • Foclóir Scoile: Irish English / English-Irish Dictionary (Dublin: An Gúm; to be ordered collectively via the tutor during the course).


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory. Please note that students other than BA English language and culture studies will have to have permission from the coordinator of studies before enrolling.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Studeren à la carte

Registration Contractonderwijs


Onderwijsadministratie van Eyckhof


This course cannot be upgraded to MA level.