The courses provided by Coláiste na bhFiann are suited to Irish speakers of all levels. They are categorised by Course A and Course B. It is important to chose the course most suitable to the young person. These courses are designed to improve the young person's command of the language in a structured yet friendly atmosphere. Coláiste na bhFiann runs a series of courses in a number of different centres over the months of June, July and August. These include both day and residential courses.

What course should I choose?

Through the medium of music, sport, drama, art, dance, etc. Coláiste na bhFiann courses provide students the opportunity to follow their own specific interests through the medium of Irish. This in turn changes the whole image of the language, taking it out of the classroom and making it a living language. We provide 2 levels of courses, Course A and Course B, suited to different age groups and language abilities. Please review both course levels carefully before deciding which is best for your child.

Interview and Information session

Coláiste na bhFiann meets with every child and their parent /guardian prior to attending a course. The time spent at this stage is vital as it ensures that both parent and child are happy with their choice of course. Attendance at this session is a prerequisite to attending a course with Coláiste na bhFiann and must be attended by all for the full duration (2 hours).

The key elements of the information evening are:

  • Assessment of the child's level of Irish. This is achieved through an informal chat with the child where a member of staff will ask them questions on their family, their school, their pastimes, etc. They are also asked to recite Amhrán na bhFiann (Cúrsa A & B) and Amhrán an Choláiste (Cúrsa A)

  • DVD detailing all aspects of the course from the timetable to what to bring to the rules and more.

  • The facilitator will give a short talk highlighting important aspects of the course

  • Both parent and child have an opportunity to discuss how the child got on with a member of staff on a one to one basis. Parents and children are encouraged to ask a member of staff any questions or voice any concerns they may have. Parents are asked at this stage to provide any personal, dietary, and/or medical issues that the child has so that the organisation is fully informed and can provide the best care possible to the child while they are on a course with us.

  • A full refund, no questions asked, will be available for up to 10 days after the interview for those who decide not to proceed with the booking.

Course A is a 3-week residential course for those with a good level of Irish wishing to enhance their language skills. It is recommended that students attending Course A have already attended Course B on at least one occasion.

Course B is a 2 and 3 week residential course aimed at those with less fluency in Irish than those attending Course A. This course is recommended for those attending Coláiste na bhFiann for the first time. Whereas Irish is spoken at all times on the course the rule is more relaxed than the Course A rule.

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