LEARNING OUTCOMES: The module aims to build upon the reflective, self-evaluation and study skills of students. The focus is on literature as a resource for the language learner, evaluating both online and print reading materials, and developing critical and creative thinking in relation to both. A further aim of the module is to build on students' cultural awareness and personal development during activities beyond the classroom and VLE, and in the Gaeltacht (or at an Irish-medium cultural event) in particular. They will draw upon their experiences of a blended learning approach to further utilise online learning tools to develop the quality of their learning, and to practise writing skills in particular through blogging activities.
SYLLABUS: Developments in study skills and understanding of autonomous learning; literature, the internet, broadcast and print media as resources for the independent Irish language learner; selecting reading resources; strengths and challenges associated with Irish language literature for the independent learner; strategies for enriching vocabulary; improving writing through the use of blogs; improving writing through creative writing; what my language means to me - audio/ written blog; Gaeltacht-based learning experience (3); my immersion excursion blog account of time spent in the Gaeltacht; critical analysis of progress in the four language skills and insights relating to cultural awareness.