Ár bhFís maidir le Pobal na Gaeilge agus na Gaeltachta

Timpeallacht fhuinniúil ardoideachais a chur ar fáil atá fréamhaithe sa Ghaeilge agus san oidhreacht chultúir lena mbaineann

Our Vision for Pobal na Gaeilge agus na Gaeltachta

To provide a dynamic higher education environment rooted in the Irish language and its cultural heritage

We Will

  • Reform language acquisition programmes to ensure Irish language competence is a distinctive NUI Galway graduate attribute
  • Consolidate and enhance our position as the primary national provider of post-primary Initial Teacher Education (ITE) through the medium of Irish
  • Use our unique Gaeltacht infrastructure to become the primary centre for Language Immersion Programmes in ITE nationally
  • Increase placement opportunities for students in Gaeltacht enterprises, media and language-based organisations, thereby supporting economic development in our region
  • Reorganise Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge to augment long-term provision for teaching through Irish at undergraduate level
  • Develop an annual programme of social, cultural and scholarly events to establish and maintain linguistic networks across the University and its campuses
  • Reinforce institutional expertise in Irish language, literature and culture, and foreground the University as a centre for Irish language-based scholarship
  • Monitor the implementation of our Scéim Teanga in close collaboration with Oifig an Choimisinéara Teanga and the Department of Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Introduce flexible and innovative pathways for staff, students and graduates to enhance their language competency through accredited programmes, such as An Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge

Measures of Success

  • Phased increases in the number of Irish language-based modules available as part of undergraduate programmes in the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies
  • 175 post-primary teachers trained for the Irish-medium sector by 2020
  • 4000 ITE students on Language Immersion Programmes in the University’s Gaeltacht centres over the period of the Plan
  • Structured 60-ECTS Gaeltacht semester and work placement programme available to NUI Galway students by 2016 as part of a new four-year Irish language degree
  • Structured 30-ECTS Gaeltacht semester available to students in other higher education institutions by 2017
  • Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge integrated within the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies
  • Appointment of a Strategic Co-ordinator for Irish language awareness activities