To attain a recognised language qualification
TEG is an Irish language teaching and assessment system that assists learners in planning their study of the language, provides recognition of their progress and helps them achieve fluency step by step.
TEG is the first certification system for adult learners of Irish based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching and Assessment (Council of Europe, 2001).
Such certification systems have already been developed for the majority of European languages. The Centre for Irish Language is a member of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE), which monitors TEG material and testing standards.
To improve employment and education opportunities
Another advantage of this system is that it provides employers with verification of language proficiency, which may assist in the selection of candidates for jobs or promotions. This is of particular importance since the implementation of the provisions of the Official Languages Act (2003). A number of organisations in Ireland now specify this certification as a basic requirement for employees. Various organisations, such as Forbairt Naíonraí Teoranta, The Fulbright Commission and The National University of Ireland Maynooth, use TEG exams in order to assess the Irish-language proficiency of applicants for jobs or academic courses.
The Language Centre has obtained official recognition from the Department of Education and Skills for Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (TEG), Meánleibhéal 2 (B2). This means that TEG Meánleibhéal 2 (B2) satisfies the entry requirement for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in primary education in the teacher training colleges.
This provides a great opportunity for people who would like to enter the teaching profession, but do not have the necessary Irish language qualifications (eg. Leaving Certificate Higher Level Irish.) Unlike the Leaving Certificate syllabus and examination, TEG syllabuses and exams are completely language-based and designed specifically for adult learners which greatly enhances the learning experience.
TEG exams at various levels have been completed by journalists, members of An Garda Síochána, employees in preschools, primary and secondary school teachers, university tutors, those who wish to add to their qualifications for the purpose of employment, those who are learning Irish as a pastime and many others besides.