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Vision To contribute to the education of highly-competent, reflective teaching professionals with a strong sense of moral purpose and a vocational commitment to the holistic development of their pupils and the improvement of society
FrameworkA collaborative partnership with Queen's University and Ulster UniversityThe Northern Ireland Curriculum and Learning Leaders Strategy for Teacher Professional LearningThe GTCNI Charter, Code of Values and the Competence Framework for the Professional Development of TeachersPartnerships with Schools and Irish‑Medium Education Stakeholders The College Corporate Plan and Subsidiary Strategies

Partnership

Engagement

Collaboration

Leadership

Coherence

Best Practice

Scholarship

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Increase the linguistic quality and level of fluency of the individual (student) teacher’s own Irish language competence. Develop the professional knowledge, understanding and skills of the individual (student) teacher, pertaining to his/her specialist subject/discipline Increase the understanding of the individual (student) teacher of the philosophical, methodological and pedagogical aspects of Irish Medium Education.
PRINCIPLES OF THE PARTNERSHIP
That the students be supported throughout and that collegiality is promoted among the group. Provide an effective means of communication to maintain contact with and between students to ensure they do not become isolated. The most effective means of developing competence in IME is employed.
ELEMENTS OF THE COURSE

TERM ONE

Irish language course in the Gaeltacht, IME orientation course, IM Primary school observation placement, workshops on the fundamentals of learning and teaching in IM Post Primary Education, and online support from course coordinator

TERM TWO

Face to face meetings in February to support student placements in Irish Medium Post Primary settings, workshops on learning and teaching, and online support from the course coordinator.

TERM THREE

Irish Medium school placement with visits from supervisors, a Gaeltacht-based Field Course, a week of workshops on learning and teaching, and online support
LEARNING AND TEACHING IN THE IRISH MEDIUM POST PRIMARY SCHOOL
Immersion education pedagogy
• content-based instruction
• integrating content and language learning
Irish Medium Education
• Irish Medium Issues
• Holistic Learning
Irish Language
• subject specialism (language register and terminology)
• fluency and quality
Underpinning Ethos, Values, Attitudes and Dispositions
Immersion Education in the International Context
The Cultural Significance of the Irish Language
The Cultural Significance of the Irish Language
The Key Role of Language and Terminology in Irish-Medium Education