Friday, 29 January 2010

Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge

The fact that it is never ever too late to start something is evidenced by the increasing numbers of adults who are determined to finally make a fist of learning Irish. Reasons abound, whether personal or professional, and numbers attending Irish-language classes and conversation groups in various parts of the county remain firm.

Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (the European Certificate in Irish), run by the Language Centre in NUI Maynooth, offers adult learners of the language a series of examinations at six competency levels, from Beginner 1 to Advanced 2, which will act as a structure for their path to fluency. Successful exam candidates are awarded a certificate indicating clearly their level of proficiency in the language.

Until 2009 there were TEG exam centres in four locations in Ireland – in Maynooth, Co Donegal, Co Galway and Co Cork. Year on year there has been growing demand for new centres, leading in 2010 to the opening of five new centres in Kilkenny, Letterkenny, Castlebar, Cork city and in Limerick city, giving Irish language learners an opportunity to test their level of Irish in a centre close to them....

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