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Needs of the language community and sustaining the demand for Irish-medium university education. Riachtanais an phobail teanga agus cothú an éilimh ar ollscolaíocht Ghaeilge

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dc.contributor.author Ó hIfearnáin, Tadhg
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-06T14:48:39Z
dc.date.available 2015-01-06T14:48:39Z
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/4220
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The continuous development of both Irish itself and the linguistic skills of its speakers are essential for the wellbeing of the language community. Because of the unavoidable power of English in every Irish-speaker's life, language development is a conscious, personal action no matter how one first acquires one's Irish. Because of this, the continuing use of Irish as a community language depends on individual attitudes and motivations. Universities play an important role in language development and in promoting its value as a powerful communication tool and medium of education. The language community in turn needs graduates who have high level competency in the language as well as a wide variety of other skills. Of the large numbers who claim to be able to speak Irish, only a small percentage would be able to follow a full third-level course through the language. Indeed, for many Gaeltacht Irish speakers and those who have come through the Irish-medium schooling system, reading and writing easily and accurately is a challenge. As we are discussing Irish-medium third level rather than lrishlanguage studies at third level, we are dealing with the requirements of the whole community. To this end Irish in the second level and its status in the community need to be developed as well as at university level, and for mutual benefit. In this paper, I will focus on the role of universities in the community, and on some of the difficulties involved in trying to attract students to courses taught through the medium of Irish, as well as those involved in recruiting staff to provide that education. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Fiontar - DCU en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries University Education in Irish: Challenges and Perspectives /Ollscolaíoch Ghaeilge: Dúshláin agus Léargais, Nic Pháidín, Caoilfhionn & uí Bhraonáin, Donla (eds);pp. 97-106
dc.subject Irish en_US
dc.subject language en_US
dc.subject university education en_US
dc.title Needs of the language community and sustaining the demand for Irish-medium university education. Riachtanais an phobail teanga agus cothú an éilimh ar ollscolaíocht Ghaeilge en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/bookPart en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2015-01-06T14:37:40Z
dc.description.version PUBLISHED
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1112802
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.description.status Peer reviewed


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