English is my first language and I have experience of talking to French, Spanish and Basque friends who don't have a lot of English and teaching them the art of conversational English
My name is Dáire, I am originally from Derry but I now live and work in Galway. I first started learning Irish when I was in secondary school and I feel in love with it straight away. I threw myself into learning it and perfecting it and it truly is my passion in life. I currently work as a writer for an Irish language publication and I also have an Irish language radio show and do plenty of other things in between that. Most of my friends are Irish speakers, and so I am fortunate enough to be able to spend most of my days conversing in Irish. This is great not only for practice but to learn new words and phrases and build some confidence. I hope to be able to inspire more people to speak and learn the language in the future because I have so much grá (love) for it!
I worked many Irish language youth clubs when I was younger and although many of the children had great Irish, we would still be teaching them things while playing games and running around. This was where I first learned that I was a good teacher. Since then, I have done many classes with children and I also taught an Irish language class in the Cultúrlann (an Irish language arts and cultural centre in Belfast) for over a year and I thoroughly enjoyed this. I also do informal one on one classes in NUIGalway with students who are struggling with the language
I was taught that Irish is a fun and lively language through the way we were taught. We learned songs and dances and learned a lot through playing games and by learning things that were relatable to our lives. I still believe that this is the best approach. I believe in teaching in a way that is simple and enjoyable and also easy to practice alone or with friends. I will focus more on conversational Irish but I also teach spelling, reading and grammar because these are important tools for learning the language but it also builds confidence when you are able to write in the language. I am very open to student suggestions and if a student informs me that they would like to learn about a specific topic I would be more than happy to teach all that I know about that subject. Finally, I will have an aspect of the culture and music in the lessons also because I am a firm believer that the language goes hand in hand with both music and culture and, not only is it important to learn about it, but it is also a great tool for mastering the language.