The Language Centre in NUI Maynooth has developed a system of certification for adult learners of Irish. Syllabi and examinations are currently available at four levels of ability:
Absolute beginners (A1)
Beginners 2 (A2)
Lower Intermediate (B1)
Upper Intermediate (B2)
Advanced 1 (C1)
The syllabus for a further level, Advanced 2 (C2), is in the process of development.
Secondary school teachers can find relevant information here.
- Assist candidates to become familiar with the different sections of the examination and the types of questions and tasks found in each section. Similar questions and tasks can be practiced in class and given as homework.
- Advise candidates to adhere to the directions that accompany each question. For example, in the case of written tasks, candidates should stick to the stipulated number of words. When asked to tick one box or to put one word in a gap, the candidates should adhere to those directions as failure to do so may result in the candidate losing marks.
- As it is now possible for candidates to take the oral exam only for partial certification, you should ensure that students are aware of this opportunity. The Language Centre NUIM will be willing to hold oral exams in your local teaching centre at various times of the year, subject to a minimum of fifteen candidates.
- It is of the utmost importance that candidates are familiar with the form of the oral examination. Candidates often become nervous while undergoing the examination and it is, therefore, of great benefit to them if they are fully aware of what is involved. The types of activities that form part of the oral examination (for example, general questions based on the syllabus, role-play activities and describing pictures) ought to form a central part of the classroom approach so that the candidates are comfortable on the day of the examination itself.
- All necessary information about TEG exams is on this site, including syllabi, sample papers and teaching materials.
- It is important to inform candidates about the type of questions that feature in TEG exams and to give pupils practice at attempting them.
- It is very important that teachers read the Reports that accompany examinations A1-B2.
- Regarding the application form: the teacher should help pupils to complete the forms and then send them all to the Language Centre in one submission along with the fee for each student.
- Where there is more than one class from a school applying to sit a TEG exam (or exams), it is recommended that one teacher be responsible for processing all applications and contacting the Language Centre.