• Welcome to Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge

    Welcome

     

    Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (TEG) provides a series of general Irish language proficiency examinations and qualifications for adult learners of Irish. TEG exams give candidates an opportunity to show their ability in speaking, listening, reading and writing Irish at different levels, from absolute beginner to intermediate and advanced levels.

    Exams are offered at five levels at present and are taken each year by candidates with various levels of fluency. These have included:

    • adult learners taking part in a Dublin evening course, returning to the study of Irish for the first time since 1970;      
    • Irish language tutors at an Irish university;
    • County council staff from KerryGalwayTipperary and Clare, to name but a few;
    • Irish-language journalists;
    • teachers of Irish at primary and secondary school level;
    • students at a Canadian university learning Irish for the first time.

    Candidates also have the option of taking the oral exam only, with a view to gaining specific certification in the spoken language.

    Exams take place in April and May each year in ten centres in Ireland and in four centres abroad. Several hundred learners take TEG exams each year. TEG syllabuses and exams provide both teachers and learners with clear learning objectives and a structured step-by-step path to fluency in Irish.

    As well as being the preferred method for learners to make progress in the language, a number of organizations now use TEG exams in recruitment and selection procedures as a means of ensuring that potential employees/students have the required language skills.

    These exams are broadly based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Council of Europe, 2001).

    This site has been developed to deliver information on all aspects of TEG examinations to learners at all levels, teachers of Irish to adults, secondary school teachers, employers and Irish language organizations. We hope you find all the information you need here.

     

    TEG exams

    Click on the links below to find all of the material you will need at each level: Syllabuses, Sample Exam Papers, Examiner Reports and Sample Teaching Materials.  

    Latest News

    Changes to the post-graduate entry process for primary teaching

    Nov-15-2018
    On 13 Novembet 2018,the Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D.,  announced a plan to have one oral Irish examination for students seeking to gain entry to post graduate programmes for primary teaching run by DCU, Maynooth University, Marino Institute of Education and Mary Immaculate College (the four State-funded providers of primary teacher training).  

    TEG Meánleibhéal 1 (B1) Oral Exam - New Section Added

    Sep-11-2018
    Candidates who intend taking the Meánleibhéal 1 (B1) exam in 2019 should be aware that there will be an extra section in the oral exam going forward. As well as (i) answering syllabus-based questions and (ii) describing a picture, candidates will engage in a role-play task as part of the oral exam.  Full details are available here.  

    TEG Exams - Summer 2018

    May-25-2018
    The following TEG exams will take place at Maynooth University during July and August 2018: Meánleibhéal 1 (B1), Meánleibhéal 2 (B2), Ardleibhéal 1 (C1) and Bonnleibhéal 2 (A2) . Click here for further information on dates and applications.  

    TEG in secondary schools

    TEG examinations are taken each year by secondary school students in schools around the country. Click for further information.

    2019 TEG Exam Applications 

    The online application and payment system for adult candidates willl open soon.  

    TEG oral exams can be organised for groups at any time of the year.  Email teanga@mu.ie for further information.  

    The application form for secondary schools is available now.