Exemplary Irish Units

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Each of the units below indicates a particular learner level (A1-C2). A summary of the unit’s content is provided, along with a description of how the unit addresses the 5 main areas of CLIL (Content, Communication, Cognition, Competences, and Community). Learn more about CLIL: http://www.languages.dk/clil4u/index.html

Díol agus Ceannach Tithe

Learner level

B2

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Description

This unit is based on a radio interview where Áine Ní Chuirreáin from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta speaks to the solicitor Antoin Delap about everything you should think about when buying or selling a house.

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Content

An interview focused on advising people who find themselves in the real-world scenario of buying and selling a house.

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Communication

The audio features a lot of legal terms that cover statutory obligations and current practices in the housing market. The interview format allows provides for more natural dialogue which is aimed at clarifing the information for the listener.

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Cognition

The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the interview and the accent and pronunciation of the speakers.

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Competences

Learners will be able to: (i) use vocabulary relating to buying and selling houses; (ii) follow/participate in conversations on this topic

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Community

The learner will feel better informed about a this key topic which is central to the lifestyle and economic life of the Irish language speech community.

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Go to the unit: https://clilstore.eu/cs/8377

Muintir na n-oileán ag iarraidh vótáil ar an lá céanna le tír mór

Learner level

B2

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Description

This unit is based on a radio interview where Áine Ní Chuirreáin from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta speaks to the county councillor Daithí Alcorn the communities of Ireland's offshore islands participation in national elections.

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Content

An interview focused on the case the county councillor Daithí Alcorn is making that people living on the islands should be allowed to vote in elections on the same day as everone else on the mainland.

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Communication

The audio features a terminology relating to local government and negotiating within the county council. The interview format allows provides for more natural dialogue which is aimed at clarifing the information for the listener.

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Cognition

The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the interview and the accent and pronunciation of the speakers.

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Competences

Learners will be able to: (i) use vocabulary relating to voting in national elections; (ii) follow/participate in conversations on this topic

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Community

The learner will feel better informed about a this key topic which is central to the community and political life of the Irish language speech community.

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Go to the unit: https://clilstore.eu/cs/8346

Deontas na scoláirí Gaeltachta laghadaithe

Learner level

B2

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Description

This unit is based on a radio interview where Áine Ní Chuirreáin from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta speaks to the Minister of State Dinny McGinley about changes made to the grants paid to Gaeltacht families who keep students.

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Content

An interview focused on Irish summer colleges and how the Department of the Gaeltacht pays grants to the host families.

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Communication

The audio features terminology relating to the student experience while staying in family homes and how grants are administered. The interview format allows provides for more natural dialogue which is aimed at clarifing the information for the listener.

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Cognition

The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the interview and the accent and pronunciation of the speakers.

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Competences

Learners will be able to: (i) use vocabulary relating to the adminstration of Irish summer colleges; (ii) follow/participate in conversations on this topic

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Community

The learner will feel better informed about a this key topic which is central to the community and political life of the Irish language speech community.

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Go to the unit: https://clilstore.eu/cs/8340

Easpa scoláirí Gaeilge i nDún na nGall

Learner level

B2

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Description

This unit is based on a radio interview where Áine Ní Chuirreáin from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta speaks to the Minister of State Dinny McGinley about the lack of student teachers who had come to Donegal recently. The minister explains that plans are being made to remedy the situation.

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Content

An interview focused on the lack of student teachers who had come to Donegal recently, and the plans the Government has to remedy the situation.

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Communication

The audio features terminology relating to the approval and administration of training courses for teachers in Gaeltacht colleges.

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Cognition

The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the interview and the accent and pronunciation of the speakers.

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Competences

Learners will be able to: (i) use vocabulary relating to the adminstration of Irish summer colleges; (ii) follow/participate in conversations on this topic

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Community

The learner will feel better informed about this key issue which affects the community and political life of the Irish language speech community.

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Go to the unit: https://clilstore.eu/cs/8339

Maoiniú d’aerfoirt réigiúnacha na hÉireann

Learner level

B2

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Description

This unit is based on a radio interview where Áine Ní Chuirreáin from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta speaks to Minister of State Dinny McGinley about European funds that are being invested in Ireland's regional airports.

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Content

An interview focused on European investment in Ireland's regional airports.

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Communication

The audio features terminology relating to the infrastructure of the airports and the administration of the funding through the Government's schemes and departments.

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Cognition

The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the interview and the accent and pronunciation of the speakers.

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Competences

Learners will be able to: (i) use vocabulary relating to European funding for infrastructure projects (ii) follow/participate in conversations on this topic

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Community

The learner will feel better informed about the ways in which European funding can support the physical infrastructure required to support of Irish language speech community.

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Go to the unit: https://clilstore.eu/cs/8338

Oifig Phoist an Bhuna Bhig: Coiste nua tofa le cur in aghaidh a druidime

Learner level

B2

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Description

This unit is based on a radio interview where Áine Ní Chuirreáin from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta speaks to the members of a new committee selected in Gaoth Dobhair to coordinate the local campaign to keep Bunbeg Post Office open.

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Content

An interview focused on a Gaeltacht community's campaign to keep their local post office open.

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Communication

The audio relates to local campaigning and features vocabulary explaining the importance of local services like the post office to the local community.

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Cognition

The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the interview and the accent and pronunciation of the speakers.

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Competences

Learners will be able to: (i) use vocabulary relating to the establishment of a local campaign and the importance of local post office services to a rural community (ii) follow/participate in conversations on this topic

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Community

The learner will feel better informed about how the Irish language speech community feels about the essential services required to sustain their rural existence.

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Go to the unit: https://clilstore.eu/cs/8324

Pádraig Ó Dochartaigh - Toghacháin Áitiúla

Learner level

B2

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Description

This unit is based on a radio interview Áine Ní Chuirreáin from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta speaks to Pádraig Ó Dochartaigh who is an independent candidate for a seat in Donegal County Council in the local elections.

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Content

An interview focused on a local party politics in one of Donegal's Gaeltacht areas.

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Communication

The audio focuses on electioneering and features terminology relating to the selection of candidates and local government.

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Cognition

The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the interview and the accent and pronunciation of the speakers.

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Competences

Learners will be able to: (i) use vocabulary relating to electioneering and local party politics (ii) follow/participate in conversations on this topic

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Community

The learner will feel better informed about how local political representatives operate within local political parties and independently.

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Go to the unit: https://clilstore.eu/cs/8295

Borradh faoi mhargadh na dtithe i nDún na nGall

Learner level

B2

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Description

This unit is based on a radio interview where Áine Ní Churreáin from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta speaks to the auctioneer Éamonn Mac Giolla Bhríde about the rising house prices in Donegal.

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Content

An interview focused on the property market in North Donegal.

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Communication

The audio features vocabulary relating to buying and selling houses, including some specialist terminology relating to that subject.

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Cognition

The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the interview and the accent and pronunciation of the speakers.

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Competences

Learners will be able to: (i) use vocabulary relating to the property market in North-west Donegal (ii) follow/participate in conversations on this topic

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Community

The learner will feel better informed about the rise and fall of property prices in North-west Donegal.

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Go to the unit: https://clilstore.eu/cs/8294

Tábhacht an tsuirbhé tí

Learner level

B2

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Description

This unit is based on a radio interview where Áine Ní Chuirreáin from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta speaks to the auctioneer Éamonn Mac Giolla Bhríde about the importance of procuring a structural survey when buying a house.

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Content

An interview focused on surveying - an important practial consideration when buying and selling a house.

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Communication

The audio features a discussion relating to house buying and features some terminology relating to construction and surveying.

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Cognition

The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the interview and the accent and pronunciation of the speakers.

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Competences

Learners will be able to: (i) use vocabulary relating to the practicalities of buying and selling a property (ii) follow/participate in conversations on this topic

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Community

The learner will feel better informed about how to manage the practicalities of buying or selling a house through the medium of Irish.

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Go to the unit: https://clilstore.eu/cs/8288

Scéim nua Pobal ar Aire

Learner level

B2

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Description

This unit is based on a radio interview where Áine Ní Churreáin from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta speaks to the county councillor Séamus Ó Domhnaill about a new Community Alert scheme that is planned for the Cloughaneely area in Donegal.

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Content

An interview focused on the establishment of a Community Alert scheme in a Gaeltacht area in Donegal.

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Communication

The audio focuses on community development and features terminology relating to security and policing in rural areas.

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Cognition

The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the interview and the accent and pronunciation of the speakers.

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Competences

Learners will be able to: (i) use vocabulary relating to security and policing in rural areas (ii) follow/participate in conversations on this topic

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Community

The learner will feel better informed about an important issue relating to living in rural Gaeltacht areas and the importance of collaboration within the community.

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Go to the unit: https://clilstore.eu/cs/8267

Conspóid i bPáirc Náisiúnta Ghleann Bheatha

Learner level

B2

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Description

This unit is based on a radio interview where Michelle Nic Grianna from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta speaks to the county councillor Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easpaig about the management of Glenveagh National Park's plan to privatise the bus service that shuttles people between the visitor centre and the castle.

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Content

An interview focused on concerns about potential job losses at Donegal's top visitor attraction.

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Communication

The audio focuses on a local county councillor's concerns about employment practices at Páirc Náisiúnta Ghleann Bheatha. Micheál uses some terms of his own design, these are underlined in the text and the closest standard form is provided below the transcript, along with a few dialectal forms.

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Cognition

The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the interview and the accent and pronunciation of the speakers.

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Competences

Learners will be able to: (i) use vocabulary relating to employment practices (ii) follow/participate in conversations on this topic

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Community

The learner will feel better informed about some issues relating to how Páirc Náisiúnta Ghleann Bheatha operates.

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Go to the unit: https://clilstore.eu/cs/8255

Tograí CPSE ag Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair

Learner level

A2-B1

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Description

This unit is based on a radio interview where Áine Ní Chuirreáin from Raidió na Gaeltachta speaks to three pupils and the Principal from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair about the work they are doing in the Civic, Social and Political Education course that forms part of the Junior Certificate, and in particular, the charitable projects they are working on. There is also a discussion on new changes to the Junior Certificate curriculum.

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Content

An interview focused on young people engaging in civic, social and political projects at a school in a Gaeltacht area.

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Communication

The audio focuses on school matters and charity work.

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Cognition

The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the interview and the accent and pronunciation of the speakers.

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Competences

Learners will be able to: (i) use vocabulary relating to civic, social, political projects and charity work (ii) follow/participate in conversations on this topic

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Community

The learner will develop an awareness of how young people at a Gaeltacht school interact with their local community.

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Go to the unit: https://clilstore.eu/cs/8242

Coiriúlacht Thrasteorann

Learner level

C1

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Description

This unit is based on a radio interview where Áine Ní Chuirreáin from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta speaks to her colleague Áine Ní Bhreisleáin about robbers who are engaged in criminality on both sides of the jurisdictional border in Ireland.

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Content

An interview based on a news story about cross-border robberies in Ireland.

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Communication

The audio consist of a report on incidents of robbery happening across the border and features terminology relating to criminality and policing.

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Cognition

The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the interview and the accent and pronunciation of the speakers.

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Competences

Learners will be able to: (i) use vocabulary relating to criminality and policing (ii) follow/participate in conversations on this topic

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Community

The learner will feel better informed about some problems relating to life along the border in Ireland.

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Go to the unit: https://clilstore.eu/cs/8299

Turas tacsaí conspoideach i nGlaschú

Learner level

C1

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Description

This unit is based on a radio interview where Áine Ní Chuirreáin from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta speaks to her colleague Áine Ní Bhreasláin about an incident that happened in Glasgow whereby three first cousins from Donegal were ejected from a taxi for speaking Irish to each other.

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Content

An interview based on a news story about a controversial taxi journey that three people from Donegal took in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Communication

The audio consists of a news item and features terminology relating to the courts and employment practices.

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Cognition

The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the interview and the accent and pronunciation of the speakers.

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Competences

Learners will be able to: (i) use vocabulary relating to court proceedings and employment law (ii) follow/participate in conversations on this topic

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Community

The learner will feel better informed about some of the problems encountered by native speakers of Irish while using their language outside of Ireland.

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Go to the unit: https://clilstore.eu/cs/8296

Comórtas na mBailte Slachtmhara - Ullmhúchán Choiste na Ceathrún Rua

Learner level

C1

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Description

This unit is based on a radio interview where Máirín Nic Con Iomaire from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta speaks to Anna Ní Chualáin from the local tidy towns committee about how they began their work and about the challenges the have overcome to date.

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Content

An interview focusing on a local community's preparations for the annual Tidy Towns competition.

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Communication

The audio features vocabulary relating to community development and the local environment.

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Cognition

The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the interview and the accent and pronunciation of the speakers.

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Competences

Learners will be able to: (i) use vocabulary relating to community development and the local environment (ii) follow/participate in conversations on this topic

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Community

The learner will develop an awareness of the pride that a local Gaeltacht community has in its local community spaces.

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Go to the unit: https://clilstore.eu/cs/8019

Féinmhuinín - Comhairle ón Dochtúir Séamus Ó Beirn

Learner level

C1

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Description

This unit is based on a radio interview where Maggie Uí Chuaig from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta speaks to Dr Séamus Ó Beirn about self-confidence. Dr Ó Beirn explains how a lack of self-confidence may be identified and he gives advice on how to promote self-confidence in young people.

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Content

An interview focusing on the definition of self-confidence and how problems with self-confidence can be tackled.

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Communication

The audio focuses on self-confidence and the role it plays in human health. A range of vocabulary relating to human feelings and behaviour is used.

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Cognition

The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the interview and the accent and pronunciation of the speakers.

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Competences

Learners will be able to: (i) use vocabulary relating to human emotions, behavior and self-confidence (ii) follow/participate in conversations on this topic

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Community

The learner will develop an awareness of the role self-confidence plays in human health.

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Go to the unit: https://clilstore.eu/cs/8018

Colaistéaról - Comhairle shláinte ón Dochtúir Séamus Ó Beirn

Learner level

C1

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Description

This unit is based on a radio interview where Seán Bán Breathnach from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta speaks to Dr Séamus Ó Beirn about cholesterol and its role in the body. He gives advice about how to avoid cholesterol related health problems

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Content

An interview focusing on cholesterol, its role in the body and how its levels should be monitored.

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Communication

The audio features technical terms relating to the physiology of the body, the cardiovascular system in particular. Code-switching is a feature of this interview. Dr Ó Beirn tends to use English terms while discussing the technical aspects of the subject.

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Cognition

The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the interview and the accent and pronunciation of the speakers.

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Competences

Learners will be able to: (i) use vocabulary relating to understanding cholesterol and its effects on the body (ii) follow/participate in conversations on this topic

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Community

The learner will develop an awareness of the ways to maintain a healthy cholesterol level.

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Go to the unit: https://clilstore.eu/cs/8012

Johnny Kilbane - Agallamh le hÁine Ní Éalaí

Learner level

C1

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Description

This unit is based on a radio interview where Peadar Ó Cúláin from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta speaks to Áine Ní Éalaí about the documentary Croí Trodach (A Fighting Heart) that was awarded a Torc at the 2014 Celtic Media Festival. The programme explores the life of the boxer Johnny Kilbane who came from Achill Island stock.

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Content

An interview focusing on the making of a film about the life of a famous boxer with Irish roots.

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Communication

The audio focuses on biography and film-making. It features some specialist vocabulary relating to boxing.

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Cognition

The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the interview and the accent and pronunciation of the speakers.

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Competences

Learners will be able to: (i) use vocabulary relating to film-making and boxing; (ii) follow/participate in conversations on this topic

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Community

The learner will develop an awareness of the life of a famous Irish American boxer and the importance of his life story to the people of Achill.

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Go to the unit: https://clilstore.eu/cs/8001

Muiriseachaí An Spidéil - Agallamh leis an staraí Seán Ó Neachtain

Learner level

C1

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Description

This unit is based on a radio interview where Seán Bán Breathnach from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta speaks to Seán Ó Neachtain, chair of Cumann Seanchais agus Staire Chois Fharraige about the Morris family who were landlords in the Spiddal area and whose descendants still have links to the area.

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Content

An interview with a local historian focusing on the life of a prominent local family and their family home.

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Communication

The audio focuses on local and national history and features some specialist vocabulary relating to Landlordism and the British political system.

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Cognition

The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the interview and the accent and pronunciation of the speakers.

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Competences

Learners will be able to: (i) use vocabulary relating to the local history of Spiddal in Conemara and landlordism (ii) follow/participate in conversations on this topic

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Community

The learner will develop an awareness of the history of Spiddal and some of its prominent inhabitants.

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Go to the unit: https://clilstore.eu/cs/7998

Cuairt Uachtarán na hÉireann ar Shasana

Learner level

C1

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Description

This unit is based on a radio interview where Áine Ní Chuirreáin from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta speaks to her colleague Áine Ní Bhreisleáin about the President of Ireland Micheál D. Ó hUiginn's visit to England.

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Content

An interview focused on the Irish President Micheál D. Ó hUiginn's state visit to England.

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Communication

The audio features language relating to diplomacy and the historical relations between Ireland and Britain.

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Cognition

The learner will approach the unit having a general idea about its content from the title and summary, by working through the audio they will encounter new vocabulary and will also be challenged by the pace of the interview and the accent and pronunciation of the speakers.

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Competences

Learners will be able to: (i) use vocabulary relating to international relations between Ireland and Britain (ii) follow/participate in conversations on this topic

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Community

The learner will feel better informed about the way the Irish President was treated during his state visit to England and the some of the significant events that formed part of the visit.

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Go to the unit: https://clilstore.eu/cs/8317

 

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