Irish is a beautiful language to learn, but it can be quite challenging. It is always useful to find more ways to practice your reading, writing and listening skills, so these online resources can be very useful when you are studying for your GCSE Irish.
1. The BBC Bitesize website has a good section for GCSE Irish students, with plenty of material to help you to practice for the different elements of the course: listening, reading, speaking and writing. You can also complete short tests to see how much you have learned for each of the topics that are covered in the course.
2. The BBC also has an Irish space on its website that includes a section for learners. It includes links to the video course Giota Beag, as well as a good collection of articles written especially for people who are learning the language. You can also find links to Irish language television and radio programmes on these pages, and various videos, articles and other resources that you can use to improve your language skills. Raidio na Gaeltachta and Radio Failte can also be listened to online if you want to access more Irish language programmes. RTE also has an Easy Gaelic course that you can follow online for extra practice.
3. Beo! is a magazine written for learners, so its website is a great place to improve your reading skills. One particularly useful feature is the inbuilt translator. If you aren’t sure what a particular phrase means, you can hover the mouse over it to make an English translation pop up.
4. Gaeltacht Minnesota is a good website for learners with a list of useful resources. You can sign up for a newsletter that is intended for both teachers and learners that includes useful articles on topics such as tips for incorporating the language into your daily life.
5. The Irish Page has a series of online lessons reprinted from the Irish People Newspaper, which you can use to review many of the topics that you will come across in class. There are 128 lessons in total, starting with the basics and working up to more advanced grammatical ideas. If there is a particular idea that you are finding difficult, this would be a good place to find help. If there is a lesson on the topic, you can work through it to gain a better understanding.
6. The Independent has also created an online course, which you can use in the same way. The course covers many of the topics that you will encounter on your GCSE course, and there are transcripts and audio files for each area, so you can work on your reading and listening skills. They can also be useful revision tools if you want to go over a particular area of your vocabulary.
7. The NEELB website has more written and audio resources designed for learners. There are two sets of questions and answers that you can read and listen to, and you can also use these to work on your speaking and pronunciation skills, particularly if you cover over the responses in the transcript so that you can give your own answer.
8. A good English-Irish online dictionary can be very useful when you are working on your GCSE, as it will give you a quick way to check translations. You can also find some useful translations of important words and phrases at the Irish Culture and Customs website. If you want to improve your speaking skills, the Ireland in Schools website has a useful resource to help with pronunciation. The same site has a few other language resources that you might find useful, although most of them are not designed for GCSE level students.
9. If you want to find more resources to help you with your GCSE studies, the University of the Highlands and Islands and Talk Irish both have big collections of links to Irish language resources online that could be useful for learners. The links here include various online tutorials and websites where you can watch videos, read articles or learn more about the language, so there are plenty of resources for you to explore if you want to practice your skills even more.
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