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160197 VO Introduction to a Goidelic Language (2021S)

Modern Irish


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Language: German, Irisch

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 01.03. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Monday 08.03. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Monday 15.03. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Monday 22.03. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Monday 12.04. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Monday 19.04. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Monday 26.04. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Monday 03.05. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Monday 10.05. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Monday 17.05. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Monday 31.05. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Monday 07.06. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Monday 14.06. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Monday 21.06. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital
Monday 28.06. 16:00 - 17:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

ATTENTION! This lecture will take place online due to continuing COVID-19 situation and restrictions.

Students will acquire the most important basics of Irish grammar and a stock of vocabulary, which enables them to participate in everyday, simple and short conversations; they will be able to interpret simple Irish texts with the help of appropriate resources (dictionary). No previous knowledge is necessary for this course. A knowledge/interest in languages and linguistics is helpful.

Although a lecture, participation, exchange of knowledge etc. is welcome. Materials from various books and my own materials will be used and will form the basis for the examination at the end of the course.
The lecture will take place as a video-chat online through Moodle (probably using Collaborate, as this platform facilitates working separately in small groups now and again). Written exercises will be made available through Moodle.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written exam
The written exam will take place digitally (open-book format) as a result of the COVID-19 virus restrictions – more information forthcoming in due course. All support tools will be allowed but I recommend using a compact dictionary (e.g. "Foclóir Póca") as the internet gives too many results for a beginner.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

For the exam, a simple coherent text must be translated into English or German. There may also be grammatical exercises with gaps or similar. Unusual grammatical situations in the sentences /text must be documented with extra notes. This is particularly important where the construction does not exist or is not readily identifiable in German or English (e.g. habitual, copula, where a preposition takes over the function of a verb in German or English etc.). In order to pass, I must be able to clearly recognise that the student has understood most of the text and the grammatical or linguistically interesting constructions used in it. The text will be 50-60 words in length and will consist of 10 blocks marked with 10 points each, 100 points in total. The time allotted for the exam is 45 minutes. The marking scheme is as follows: 50-62p = pass 63-75p = satisfactory 76-87 = good 88-100 = excellent

The exam will be conducted digitally through Moodle. An exam text will be provided which must be uploaded with the answers and notes within 1.5 hours. All support materials are allowed e.g. dictionary, preposition lists etc.

Examination topics

All texts and materials used in the lecture and new grammatical and linguistic structures learned during the course are the basis for assessment.

Reading list

I recommend, that every student has a dictionary (e.g. Foclóir Póca, Publ. An Gúm). If someone already has another dictionary, this will surely be enough (no need to buy another one!). For those of you who do not want to buy a dictionary, there are alternatives on the internet (focloir.ie) but they often give the student too much information (for example, www.focloir.ie). Working with a small compact dictionary is generally easier. Whoever needs a dictionary should contact me per E-mail as I have some left-over from the last order which I will pass on at cost price. Other materials will be provided through Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Grundkenntnisse keltischer Sprachen A 164
Individuelle Studien: Keltologie

Last modified: We 05.05.2021 13:08