Coun­cil’s Ir­ish Of­fice wins cov­eted new gradam ‘TEG’

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS -

DUR­ING Oireach­tas na Samhna 2017 in Kil­lar­ney, Maynooth Univer­sity pre­sented Teas­tas Eor­pach na Gaeilge Ir­ish Lan­guage (TEG) cer­tifi­cates to suc­cess­ful can­di­dates from Kerry who re­cently un­der­took oral ex­ams.

At the same event, a newly es­tab­lished award, Gradam TEG, was pre­sented to Kerry County Coun­cil’s Ir­ish Lan­guage Of­fice in recog­ni­tion of the work that the or­gan­i­sa­tion has done in de­vel­op­ing and pro­mot­ing the use of Ir­ish in the work­place and through­out the county.

For the past ten years, Ker- ry County Coun­cil has been us­ing TEG pro­fi­ciency ex­ams to en­able its staff to ac­quire the Ir­ish lan­guage through a sys­tem­atic as­sess­ment-based ap­proach. The Coun­cil’s Ir­ish Lan­guage Of­fice, un­der the di­rec­tion of its Ir­ish Lan­guage Of­fi­cer, Roibeard Ó hEartáin, en­deav­our to pro­vide high qual­ity ser­vices to the com­mu­nity.

The Coun­cil of­fers ser­vices such as planning queries, mo­tor tax re­newals, and voter reg­is­tra­tion through the medium of Ir­ish. “It’s a great hon­our to be pre­sented with Gradam TEG 2017 by Maynooth Univer­sity. We are happy and proud to re­ceive such recog­ni­tion. I would like to thank the Univer­sity for supporting the work of the Ir­ish Lan­guage De­vel­op­ment Of­fice and the or­gan­i­sa­tion in gen­eral through­out the years,” Roibeard said.

TEG pro­vides a se­ries of gen­eral Ir­ish lan­guage pro­fi­ciency ex­am­i­na­tions and qual­i­fi­ca­tions for adult learn­ers of Ir­ish who en­gage with the lan­guage at var­i­ous lev­els in­clud­ing com­plete be­gin­ners, those who are re­turn­ing to the learn­ing of Ir­ish, and those who al­ready have a high stan­dard of Ir­ish.

Suc­cess­ful can­di­dates as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Údarás na Gaeltachta, the Cen­tre for Ir­ish Lan­guage (Maynooth Univer­sity), and Kerry County Coun­cil.

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