NUIG launches iTunes channel to help schoolchildren learn Irish

A new learning resource, The iTunes U – COGG Channel, developed by NUI Galway for Gaeltacht and all-Irish primary schools was launched this week.

The iTunes U – COGG (An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta ) Channel comprises audio and video resources that have been carefully selected from both the Raidió na Gaeltachta and NUIG archives, as part of a research project undertaken by the university’s Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge.

The 300 new learning resources include songs, poems, stories, points of information, and history in the different Gaeilge dialects that are aimed at stimulating language acquisition and enrichment among Gaeltacht and all-Irish primary schools - particularly in fifth and sixth class.

A learning plan has also been developed for teachers to assist in the effective use of the resources in the classroom. The channel will also have resources for other learner groups.

“Digital resources of a high standard are a prerequisite for the contemporary classroom,” said Muireann Ní Mhóráin, chief executive of COGG.

“The new channel will add significantly to the current corpus of Irish language teaching resources available and it’s great see to our rich cultural heritage and new technology being intertwined to develop Irish language learning resources in such an attractive and efficient way.”

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