Drama and Computer Students Come Top

drama and computer studiesWhoever would have thought that there would be any similarity between students of drama and computer science? Most of us would think that the two groups are poles apart; with the drama students typically being arty and creative and the computer students scientific and practical. Well it’s this creativity and practicality that has linked them as being the best performing groups when it comes to life skills and problem solving.

Trinity College Dublin recently carried out research to examine how different sets of students coped with cognitive problems. They had a wide range of students taking part from fields such as sciences, engineering and sociology, as well as drama and computer studies. They gave each of the groups tasks to solve and recorded the ways in which the students dealt with them. They were particularly looking for evidence of creative thinking in the problem solving and gave the students problems such as working out how to fix a candle to a wall, using only a box of thumbtacks and matches. (Try work that one out! The candle wax isn’t allowed to drip once it’s fixed to wall and lit.)

Both the drama and the computer science students came out on top in terms of their ability to think outside of the box when solving the problems, even though their methods were very different. The drama students were able to put themselves into the situation and see things from another perspective; for example, another of the tasks required them to determine a solution to a radiation problem for which they took on the role of the doctor.
At the same time, the computer science students were equally as effective in solving the tasks by approaching the problems in an entirely different way. According to Dr. Mc Tiernan, leader of the study and who gave the preliminary results of the research to the Irish Independent last week, these students used a rule based approach when working on the tasks and went with the idea that the rules were made to be broken. They used their logistical and practical skills to think alternatively about the problems and, in turn, were just as successful in their results.

Cognitive skills, such as the ones displayed by these two sets of students, are a vital for both the workplace and life. The term ‘thinking outside the box’ refers to the ability to see things from a different perspective and the ability to be creative when faced with a problem or situation. It means not having ‘tunnel vision’ and being open to suggestions and different ways of doing things.

In life, we can all to easily get stuck in the same patterns of thinking and behaving and may find that we are missing out on so much more of what life has to offer. It’s this ability to step out of the ‘box’ that leads to all sorts of possibilities in life. It means sticking with a problem longer and looking at it from various perspectives, like the drama students, instead of dismissing it when our straightforward thinking mind can’t find a solution.

Of course, these cognitive skills that allow us to think more openly and work at a problem longer are ideal for the workplace and what any employer would want to see in an employee. Successful people will always want to get a job done, will want to find a solution and work out ways of dealing with a problem. They will be the people who will have ideas and are not afraid to work at a dilemma and see it from all points of view. As well as having the obvious educational requirements for a job, being equipped with the ability to problem solve and be creative is a huge advantage in any line of work.

So, back to that candle problem, have you solved it yet? Well here’s the solution; empty the box of thumbtacks and nail it to the wall with the thumbtacks. Then pop your candle into the box and light it. Hey presto, your candle is lit and not dripping! Go try it out on your friends and see how they get on solving it and if they are successful you can tell them that they might be suited to a course in drama or computers.

Fiona McBennett

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Evening Courses

evening courses DublinAre you looking for a career change? Making up lost time? Do you need a slip of paper to get that promotion, or maybe you want a new hobby, or to develop your language skills? Whatever your aims, you probably have too many responsibilities to drop everything and head off back to college. Entering full time education can mean hefty debts, a struggle to make ends meet and disconnection from a successful career path: a serious lifestyle commitment. Evening courses, on the other hand, might take up a small chunk of free time and a little cash, but don’t require you to drastically change your life.

Evening courses might not require the same sacrifices as going full time, but that doesn’t limit what you can achieve: it’s possible to spend your evenings doing anything, right up to becoming a doctor, though it’ll take a little longer than the intensive route. Another major benefit of an evening education is an entirely different learning environment. With many students having been out of formal education for significant periods of time, group classes tend to produce a more mature atmosphere. Students understand each other’s apprehension when it comes to learning, and many describe their classmates as supportive and dedicated. Many late night time students arrive after a full days work, have limited time to complete assignments and juggle numerous other responsibilities in their lives, but still enjoy complete courses, and do so successfully. Students tend to come from a much wider range of age groups: age, as they say, is no barrier to learning.

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If you’re looking to gain a high level qualification you’ll have to plan ahead, as most providers of university-level courses run their evening courses on a similar schedule to the universities themselves, commencing in September or January each year. You’ll also need to think carefully about your long term future, as undertaking a high level evening course may require you to live near to the learning centre for a substantial amount of time. When studying in the evening, for example, PhDs regularly take at least 6 years to complete. Most universities now run a few of their regular courses with night time options, so your local university is a great place to start the search. By signing up with a major university, you’ll gain access to the extensive facilities (and perks) available to the full time students, and benefit from the universities reputation. Most courses at this level require prior lower level qualifications or extensive relevant experience, though if you’re doing something with a business focus, decent management experience is often more than enough.

If you want that advanced qualification, but the universities are just too far away (or you prefer to move at your own pace) there’s always the Distance Learning option. This market is dominated by the likes of the Open University, whose courses include almost anything that can be done without extensive onsite tutoring. Advanced photography, design and innovation, criminology and even a PGCE (teaching qualification) are all available. Whilst there are some time restrictions, courses run by centres like the OU are by far the most flexible, as you’ll able to do everything from your own living room, largely as and when you want to. You might not ever meet your tutors, but they will act as useful hands on guides via the Internet. Should it all get too much, you’ll even have the option to leave it alone for a few months.

For most people, the thought of a full on diploma, let alone masters or PhD, might be too much to contemplate. If you’re looking for something a little less long term and a little less strenuous, commonly available options include short courses, many only a few weeks in length, these cover subjects such as languages (at all levels), writing (a subject in which the Irish Writer’s Centre in Dublin attracts particularly prestigious evening lecturers), philosophy, music, child care and film studies. Universities are an equally valuable resource in these kind of areas, though you may find that smaller, private schools and specialised centres offer more flexibility when it comes to schedules and course length. For subjects like languages and music, private tutors (check the local papers) can produce tailor made classes at affordable prices, especially if you can form a group to study together.

Dublin is an obvious centre for Ireland’s evening courses, offering a huge variety of topics at varying levels over dozens of institutions, large and small. Elsewhere, the better known colleges in Galway, Limerick, Cork and Dundalk all offer impressive evening options, as do private schools in Waterford, Sligo and Roscommon (amongst many other areas). If you’re based in a more remote area, you may be able to find more limited courses on offer at local schools or through private tutors, but will have to travel or enrol on a distance learning course to experience more in depth and intensive subject matter.

Just for fun, or as an exercise in CV building and personal development, the large and varied selection of evening courses on offer around Ireland are likely to fulfil your educational needs without interfering with your career. From cheap, large-group courses lasting a few weeks to a full on doctorate that can take several years, there’s plenty on offer to please everyone.

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Education Overview June 16th

education newsTHE SOCIAL MEDIA colossus Facebook, has decided to work directly with Irish schools in order to help combat cyberbullying. The deall was made at a meeting between senior Facebook executives and our officials of the Department of Education. There had been increasing media pressure after a number of worrying incidents involving either students or teachers being targeted on social media sites. The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) now wants Facebook to set up a hotline that will deal directly with requests from schools so that in future ant inappropriate and/or abusive posts can be removed as quickly as possible.

CAO WORRIES. Choosing what to put on your CAO form is always more difficult than you first thought. So if you are still worried about what you wrote or you’ve suddenly decided you need to change direction, don’t worry. There is an Open Evening and CAO Change of Mind Workshop in ITT Tallaght Dublin on the18th of June. For times and more details please ring ahead to Tara Flanagan the Schools Liason Officer on (01)4042000.

ENROLMENT. For those looking into further education in Dublin city. The Ballsbridge College of Further Education (Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4) has a one day enrolment event starting at 10am to 12 noon on the 20th of June. For further details please contact Deputy Principal Ruth O Doherty on (01)6684806.

THE CELTS. No not Celtic FC. We’re talking about Irish folklore. Ever wanted to investigate your own heritage and history? Well from 18.30 – 20.00 on June 20th in Harold’s Cross at Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services you can enjoy a seminar entitled; Reclaiming Celtic Spiritual Wisdom for Our Times. Here you will listen to the unique wisdom that is often revealed in Celtic story and myth and also how Celtic Spirituality offers a perspective that can help us explore some of the urgent life issues of our age. Contact (01)4068806 for details.

DOCTORS. Over the last five years Ireland has lost many of its most promising graduates. Over 460 young doctors and nurses graduating from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and UCD will be scouring the country for their internship year. However, many could then leave to pursue their careers overseas. “I wouldn’t like to, but if I have to then it’s definitely a possibility,” said one young woman from Clonmel, Co Tipperary, as she graduated from RCSI with 225 of her classmates. It is a statement echoed by many these days. She goes on to say; “If I can’t earn enough money to keep me going or if there are not enough job opportunities,then of course, yes I would have to go.”

ERRORS. There were two significant errors discovered in the Leaving and Junior Cert exams given earlier in the week that have just come to light. The State Examinations Commission has now acknowledged these errors and said that no one should worry, these mistakes would be ‘taken into account when the papers were marked’. One of the errors, on the Leaving higher maths paper, included an extra figure being given thereby making two answers possible. The second error was on the Junior Cert civil, social and political education paper where the role of the Referendum Commission was described incorrectly.

The minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., officially opened two new classrooms at Scoil Naomh Pio, Beaupark, Navan, Co Meath on Friday the 14th. In what was a long overdue move, it was part of the 2012 prefab replacement scheme to replace two prefabs with permanent classrooms that saw Scoil Naomh Pio provided with a grant of over €290,000. The €35 million Prefab Replacement Scheme was first launched by Minister Quinn in March 2012. There will be further funding of €15 million announced earlier this week for the rest of the 2013/2014 calendar.

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Education Overview June 4th

education overviewWith graduating students now facing a very uncertain world and one with the toughest employment prospects in Ireland since the 1980s, they are being asked to think outside the box. Whether it seems realistic or not, it is being advised that undergraduates should plan for their careers long before they leave college and, similar to America, they may be judged on what they do outside the lecture hall as much as what they achieve academically. Tony Donohoe, who is the education director with the employers’ group IBEC, has said: “It is taken as a given that a graduate will have a good degree. So, the employer has to look at other aspects including relevant work experience, voluntary work and activities in college clubs and societies.”

For those sitting the leaving cert, points are at the forefront of students minds right now and the good news is that these have not changed drastically from last year. Many will be pleased to see that some courses have notable decreases. Electronic engineering in NUI Maynooth is down a considerable amount of points; 360 to 320. Engineering at Cork IT down 35 points 345 to 310. Maths at TCD has dropped 20 points to 545. Science is down 10 points to 500. In UCD; both actuarial studies and nursing are down – 5 points each. Best of luck to all.

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has announced a major re-organisation of the country’s higher education sector that includes provision for the creation of new Technological Universities.The announcement follows recommendations solicited by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to Minister Quinn some time ago. In the HEA’s report, there was a call for consolidation of the Institute of Technology (IT) sector; the set up of a small number of technological universities; the formation of regional clusters between these universities and stronger ITs; implementation of recommendations to rationalise teacher education; as well as the increased sustainability and capacity in the higher education system.

Survey news. The Brightwater Salary Survey for 2013 has positive news for those in the accountancy profession, with a reported and continual rise in salaries across the board and an improvement in business confidence. The report also found that 60% of new positions in the financial services sector are newly created roles with organisations more confident in their hiring. The survey goes on to highlight an increase in the need for not only junior accounting staff but also part qualified accountants and a high demand for temporary and contract accountancy professionals. For anyone working in industry, specific experience can lead to a higher salary, particularly for those with a background in FMCG, manufacturing, gaming and/or pharmaceutical sectors. The report found that a continued requirement for candidates with strong IFRS, US GAAP, systems implementation and change management experience.

Google and Trinity College to Team Up in Computer Training. It’s been ten years since Google established its European headquarters in Dublin, and to celebrate the landmark, the computing behemoth will be teaming up with Trinity College to provide computer training for a thousand secondary school teachers. The training scheme will also include the provision of 1,000 Raspberry Pis, enabling users in schools to work on coding skills and help to fill Ireland’s much-touted IT/ programming skills gap. Fast Track to IT estimate that there are already 4,500 job vacancies available in ICT in Ireland, making the sector one of the most attractive for job seekers. A final aspect to the project will see a national coding competition launched alongside the skills and equipment provision.

UCD Summer Schools Get Underway. UCD will be hosting a series of summer schools for 5th year students starting on the 3rd of June, enabling students to get an idea of the courses they might be contemplating, and a taste of what a longer course might involve. The largely on-campus courses deal in a huge range of subjects offered at UCD, and also feature more general activities such as September’s ‘Higher Options Conference’. The bulk of departments will host their summer school events in the coming week. Advanced booking is required.

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Education Overview May 29th

education newsLeaving Certificate Nearing Start Date. Ireland’s youngsters face some challenging exams in the coming weeks, with the Leaving Certificate underway from the 5th to the 21st of June. Things kick off with the first subject – English – on the morning of the 5th, with linguistics students working on niche languages Italian and Japanese the last out of the exam halls late on the afternoon of the 21st. The Applied Leaving Certificate exams take place alongside the more academic equivalent, but finish by the 13th of the month.  There are a host of useful online resources to help with study, including some great tips from Cork News on studying and exams technique, and a wide range of resources for both revision and the parents of students that can be tracked down in Schooldays.ie. The full timetable is national, to avoid the leaking of exam papers, and can be downloaded here, though participants should be sure to check local requirements through their examining school.

Intelligent Systems Summit to Take Place in Derry. June the 11th and 12th will see the Intelligent Systems Submit (ISS) take place at the City Hotel in Derry. The event is set to be open to the public as part of Derry’s year as British City of Culture, and will give insights into the use of information technology in advanced ways, such as self-organizing and self-adapting systems. They’ll also be a strong emphasis on coding, giving young programmers the chance to speak with and learn from experts and from their peers. They’ll also be a strong emphasis on the medical side of technological development, including computational routes to clinical diagnosis and technical advances in neuroscience. The summit takes place in collaboration with the University of Ulster’s Intelligent Systems Research Centre.

American University SAT Entrance Tests. Those looking to head across the pond for educational reasons in the near future will be taking the requisite SAT tests in Dublin and Waterford on the 1st of June. Exams are typically taken by fifth and sixth year Irish students, and offer the luxury of unrestricted retakes. Still, best of luck to all with global aspirations first time around.

Foot In The Door Employment Event for Cork. The Ambassador Hotel in Cork will host a ‘Foot in the Door’ event on the 30th of May, a network event run by the Contact Centre Management Association. 120 plus jobs will be on offer at the event with companies like UPC, Atos and SouthWestern in attendance, while those on the look out for information and education resources can attend a series of seminars taking place throughout the day. You can book a place here. More upcoming open days and information events are listed on the Findacourse.ie open days page.

Junior Certificate Reform Information Sessions Open To Parents. The Department of Education and Skills has opened regional information sessions involving Ruairí Quinn T.D, designed to inform parents on up and coming changes in the Junior Cycle. Events will take place in ten different counties, with Dublin hosting three events. Full regional schedules for information sessions can be found here.

Government to Discuss Second Pre-School Year. Discussions into a second state-provided year of pre-school for toddlers are underway, with Ruairí Quinn suggesting that no change is imminent, but pushing for a more in-depth debate. Quinn argues that the second year will have a ‘dramatic impact’ on the life development of children, and intends to push for an introduction by reallocating funds rather than through a new budget.

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IADT Evening Courses

iadt evening coursesThe Institute of Art, Design and technology in Dun Laoghaire are offering a range of courses to adults and part time learners. Many of these courses can be used as a platform, leading on to undergraduate or postgraduate programmes in the area studied. They can also be studied on a standalone basis for those seeking to improve personal or work performance skills. Many of the courses are specialising in the emerging technologies and focus on areas of design, business and technology sometimes blending these together. The college facilities and tutors are of a high standard and anyone considering studying in IADT can make use of an excellent library, modern computer labs and high quality sports facilities.

Some of the evening courses offered by the IADT are listed below.

• Certificate in Creative WritingCertificate in Cyberpsychology
• Certificate in Enterprise Development
• Certificate in Human Computer Interaction
• Certificate in App Development (Android)
• Certificate in Online Business Trading
• Certificate in Sport Psychology
• Crafts and Hobby Courses

Application can be made directly to the college and the next deadline is late August for the Autumn semester.

For more details about the Institute of Art and Design, Dun Laoghaire you can view their course and college profile on Findacourse.ie at www.findacourse.ie/dun-laoghaire-institute-cg271.html

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Education Council aims for more Equitable Access to Higher Education

eu education council meetingEurope’s Education Ministers have adopted Conclusions on the social dimension of higher education. The EU Council of Education Ministers in Brussels was chaired by Irish Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn T.D.

At the second and final Education Council to be held under the Irish Presidency the European Education Ministers focussed on the importance of securing more equitable access to higher education. The Conclusions adopted build on those discussed in May 2010 under the Spanish Presidency on the social dimension of education and training generally.

At the Council meeting, Minister Quinn updated his European colleagues on the progress of negotiations on ”Erasmus for All”. Delegates also discussed the Youth Employment Initiative.

During the meeting Ministers debated “Ensuring a teaching profession of the highest quality to underpin the achievement of better learning outcomes” and were addressed by international experts, Pasi Sahlberg, Finnish Education Expert, and Christine Blower, President of the European Trade Union Committee for Education andGeneral Secretary of the National Union of Teachers.

Afterwards, Minister Quinn said: “I am particularly pleased that we have adopted these Conclusions today. There are still too many capable students not participating in higher education due to their socio-economic circumstances, insufficient systems of support and guidance, and other obstacles. As well as increasing the risk of unemployment and social exclusion, this represents an unnecessary waste of human potential. The Conclusions adopted today will address this and bring benefits to societies across the EU.”

Ireland holds the Presidency of the Council of the EU until 30th June 2013.

A number of legislative priorities in education have been identified for the course of the Presidency. These are:

  • Regulation establishing “Erasmus for All”
  • New Directive to amend Directive 2005/36 on the recognition of professional qualifications
  • Regulation on the European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF)
  • Decision on the Strategic Innovation Agenda of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) & Regulation amending 2008 Regulation which established the EIT.
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Lab Technician Courses

lab technician coursesA laboratory technician works in a laboratory, assisting scientific and technical staff with day to day duties. Scientific laboratory technicians are responsible for laboratory-based tasks, which include sampling, testing, measuring, recording and analysing results in biological, chemical, physical and life sciences. They also provide all the required technical support to enable the laboratory to function effectively, whilst adhering to correct procedures and health and safety guidelines.

The actual nature of the work will depend upon the organisation. If you work for a local authority, like a health board or a county council, the work may involve analysing food samples to consider prosecution and to protect public health, or to monitor and analyse public water etc., in the case of the latter.

Tasks typically involve:

• Performing laboratory tests in order to produce reliable and precise data

• Carrying out routine tasks accurately and following strict methodologies to carry out analyses

• Preparing specimens and samples

• Constructing, maintaining and operating standard laboratory equipment

• Ensuring the laboratory is well-stocked and resourced

• Recording and sometimes interpreting results to present to senior colleagues

• Using computers and performing mathematical calculations for the preparation of graphs

• Keeping up to date with technical developments, especially those which can save time and improve reliability

Educational Requirements:

Laboratory Technicians are required to have a third level qualification in a relevant science discipline. If you want to ‘test the water’ before committing to a four year honours degree programme – Sligo IT run a two-year Higher Certificate Science course. This is designed as a foundation course in science and builds key skill sets in analytical science related to current demand in the economy. The course provides students with a core foundation in applied science and has an emphasis on hands-on practical laboratory science. There are elective choices in year one which allows students to experience thematic areas developed in year two. In the second year of the course, students are allowed the flexibility to follow an applied science theme in either biology or chemistry.

Graduates will have strong analytical science skills and will be suitable for progression onto ordinary degree (level 7) and honours degree (level 8) courses in pharmaceutical science, medical biotechnology, environmental science, occupational safety and health. Graduates are employable as technical scientists in a wide range of industries and government sectors including the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, medical device, medical diagnostic, food and beverage, and biotechnology sectors.
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The CIT / UCC joint BSc (Honours) Degree in Biomedical Science is one of only three Honours degree programmes in the Republic of Ireland, which are recognised by the Academy of Medical Laboratory Sciences (professional body) as enabling graduates to practise in hospitals in the State. Biomedical Science is a continually changing dynamic profession and involves study of the diverse areas of medical science including Biochemistry, Microbiology, Cellular Pathology, Haematology and Transfusion Science.

There are numerous Science degrees on offer via the CAO entry system, should you wish pursue a career in this area – whether as a laboratory technician, in the pharmaceutical, medical, food/beverage or biotechnology areas, amongst others.

For those who have a relevant science degree and are interested in becoming skilled as a laboratory technician, course providers such as Biologic offer laboratory courses such as “Laboratory Management Systems” and “Good Laboratory Practice” courses. These courses will also be of interest to those already working in the field to upgrade existing skills and learn some new ones. These courses can be seen at https://www.findacourse.ie/laboratory-courses-s30-110.html

The government continues to promote and encourage students to undertake science degrees as there is currently a labour shortage in this area. Remember, opportunities exist with government bodies, research institutions, hospitals, engineering/manufacturing firms, and processing industries – both in Ireland and internationally.

Author: Fiona McBennett

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Nuig Adult Education Open Evening

nuig open eveningNUI Galway are holding an information event for adult learners on Tuesday 14th May. The event will take place in the evening from 6pm to 8pm in the Orbsen building on the NUIG campus.
Anyone interested in adult education and evening courses in the coming months will find a wealth of information on the many subject areas offered by the college.

These subject areas include;
• Community and Family Studies
• Early Childhood studies and Practice
• Environmental Sustainability
• Languages
• Gemmology
• Information Technology
• Innovation Management
• International Business
• Lean Systems
• Medical Device Science
• Psychology
• Social Care
• Software Engineering
• Education and Training

For more details on the event, contact the Adult Education Office at (091) 495241

More details on the courses offered can be seen at www.findacourse.ie/nui-galway-adult-cg179.html

Other open days and events can be seen at www.findacourse.ie/college-open-days

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Smart Futures Career Week

stem career weekSmart Futures is a national campaign for second-level students in Ireland, the campaign highlights career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in sectors such as medical devices, information and communications technology (ICT) and energy.

The Smart Futures Career week will run from 29 April to 3 May 2013. Students are invited to submit their career questions to panels of STEM experts ( questions can be sent through the website form on http://smartfutures.ie/stemweek/ or by using the hash tag #smartfutures on Twitter) and can win prizes for the best career question received. The week is also a chance for teachers and guidance counsellors to get up-to-date information about career opportunities in STEM in Ireland. A specialist panel will answer the questions sent in and the video will be aired on the Smart Futures website from Monday 29th April.

Other events throughout the week include;
•    Monday 29th April: An introduction to working in science, 7pm
•    Wednesday 1st May: An introduction to working in technology, 7pm
•    Thursday 2nd May: An introduction to working in engineering, 7pm

For more information on the events and other details, you can view the STEM week webpage at smartfutures.ie/stemweek/

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Irish Classes from Conradh na Gaeilge

irish classes from C na GThe range and choice of Irish courses offered by Conradh na Gaeilge in Dublin city continues to expand, and another complete 10-week term of evening classes will start anew in Uimhir 6, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 from 23 – 24 April 2013 for those looking to boost their skills in the language this year.

Brenda Ní Ghairbhí, Conradh na Gaeilge Course Coordinator says: “Because Conradh na Gaeilge evening classes comply with Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge syllabi, students of our courses can take advantage of the opportunity to obtain an internationally recognised qualification in Irish by applying for the TEG exams run by the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, should they wish to add to their CV and job prospects for example. For students who are looking to improve their Irish for personal reasons – whether they have children in the local Gaelscoil or are simply looking to better understand Irish culture – Conradh na Gaeilge’s small class sizes and interactive lessons cater for all learner levels, and offer students a chance to socialise and practise their Irish in Club Chonradh na Gaeilge during the class break each week.”

Conradh na Gaeilge and its travelling timirí teachers are renowned for teaching Irish to adult learners since the organisation’s foundation in 1893, and they’re still offering excellent value on Irish courses 120 years later. A 10-week course costs €180 for 20 hours of tuition, while the discount rate of only €160 is available to OAPs, former pupils, students, the unemployed or to those who recommend a friend to do a Conradh na Gaeilge course this term.

The courses consist of 2-hour classes one night a week in Conradh na Gaeilge, and there are a total of eight class levels to choose from on either Tuesday or Wednesday nights. In addition to its adult evening courses, Conradh na Gaeilge is also running an intensive day course to prepare primary education candidates for their Irish interview as part of the application process.

Ní Ghairbhí explains: “This Conradh na Gaeilge day course offers great value to all participants; it only costs €100 and includes a mock interview with personal feedback, handouts, pointers on the most common mistakes and an emphasis on relevant topics, useful terms, pronunciation and interview skills. Participants will receive guidance and a chance to practice and improve their spoken Irish by means of group work and role-play, all under the capable direction of a qualified Conradh na Gaeilge teacher.”

You can register for any Conradh na Gaeilge course online at www.cnag.ie or by contacting Máire Ní Dhuiginn at eolas@cnag.ie / +353 (0)1 4757401 for more information and to book your place. Additional Irish classes are also available through Conradh na Gaeilge in Ennis, Galway, Limerick, Mayo and across the country.

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Open Days for April and May

upcoming open daysOpen Days can be a great way of “trying before buying” and will often equip the prospective student with the knowledge needed to decide on whether to proceed with a particular course or college.

Course tutors will most often be available to discuss the content taught throughout the course and the methods of teaching used. It is a good idea to have a list of questions prepared beforehand so that you can get the relevant information and make the most of your time at the event. It is also a good idea to have checked out the website or prospectus of the college in question so that you are not asking questions that are already answered elsewhere. Getting to the event early is a good idea so that you don’t miss out on any demonstrations or offers that might be on offer.

Some upcoming open days and information events for the weeks ahead are listed at the link below. Included in the event holders are Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art and Design who are holding an open evening this evening (18th April), Hi-tech Training and Pitman Training Swords who are both hosting open days on the 1st of May and NUI Galway who are hosting an information evening for adult learners on 14th May.

For more details on upcoming open days view https://www.findacourse.ie/college-open-days/

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German Language Courses – Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

courses in GermanSprechen Sie Deutsch? If not, you may want to consider learning German. While Ireland is deep in a recession, the German economy is in recovery and on the upswing. Unfortunately, for Ireland this means immigration will probably increase, but it also means that Ireland will be doing more business with Germany. So whether you end up in Munich or Mullingar ein kleines bisschen deutsch may come in very handy.

Germany is the world’s second biggest exporter, fifth largest economy in the world, and the largest in Europe. Employment is on the rise and German wages are forecast to rise. In short, jobs prospects for German speakers are very good right now. But that doesn’t mean you have to pack up and head to Hamburg, there are plenty of jobs in Ireland that call for knowledge of German, and given the growing strength of the German economy, this seems likely to continue.

It’s much easier to do business with and help people when you both speak the same language. Knowing German can be a significant competitive advantage in fields such as business, technology, research, media, teaching, tourism and international affairs. In the Irish workplace there is demand for German in all these areas and in particular teaching, translation and computer services such as web design and call-centre help desks and tech support. Any Irish companies wanting to sell in the German market will most definitely be looking for German speakers, and German is more important now than ever in the Irish financial services, accountancy, and banking industries.

Job prospects are one reason to learn German, but the other benefits are just as important, if not more so in the long run.  Learning a language stimulates the mind and has been shown to improve memory and cognitive skills. But it also connects people in a social and cultural way. Learning German makes travelling in German-speaking countries much easier and pleasant. By speaking German you are more likely to be treated better because the locals see that you’ve made an effort to learn their language.

This makes a difference in the way you see the world and other people. Of course knowledge of a foreign language is not guaranteed to end with a night at the pub with the native speakers of the language, but language study helps to understand people in a different country. On top of that it’s just more fun to vacation somewhere when you know the language. This connection and understanding also occurs culturally, and Germans have made massive contributions to art and science, for example, Gutenberg’s printing press, Beethoven’s music, and Einstein’s physics.

So how to learn German? There are many part-time or evening courses offering German language courses. A language school like Sandford Languages Institute is a good place to start. They offer courses at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Beginners’ classes offer an introduction to the language with a focus on both written and conversational ability. Common content includes pronunciation exercises, addressing objects, addressing others, and learning to speak in simple sentences. Intermediate classes focus on language structures, functions, and different ways of expressing ideas. Advanced focus on complex forms and more advanced vocabulary.

The benefits of learning German are immense not only professionally but for the opportunity to connect with people personally. To search for German courses simply view the following link – www.findacourse.ie/German-courses-s1-74.html

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