Here at Diaga Language we’re involved in setting up a new community group in Inis Eoghain, Dún na nGall which will be orientated at promoting the Irish Language in the local community.
The aims are simple but we would really appreciate some feedback and hope to get the opinion of people from all over Ireland and the world about what we’re doing and how to go about it. And considering we had visitors to this blog from places such as Ethiopia, Zambia and Thailand, we hope to get some great worldwide input!
The main aim is to create situations whereby local people can use and improve their Irish language skills outside the classroom context and using new technologies. To that end we’re not going to be offering any classes at all but gathering people together and encouraging them to form activity groups, during which they can communicate in Irish. One such group we will be founding is a walking club. Other activities will depend on what people want to do and in what context they want to use their Irish.
On the technology end we’ll be setting up a Duolingo learning group where all members can see each other’s progress and get together every now and then to see how they are coming along.
One of the key things we’ll be organising are monthly workshops. So far we will definitely have a Irish language technology workshop, a photography workshop and a crafts workshop and we hope to get more of these programmed as we get more people involved.
Apart from all this, the organisation aims to create a youth club for you people to get together, decide what they want to do, and do it as gaeilge. This youth club model has been very successful for some groups around the country such as Gaeilge Locha Riach and elsewhere.
Now this is only a basic outline of some of the things we’re planning and we’d really like to get feedback from interested people all over the country and globe to really kick-start this project and bring Irish out of the classroom and into people’s everyday lives.
So here’s to a great 2015 as gaeilge! Keep and eye out for further updates and analysis of our language promotion strategies!