Primary School Teacher Survey
Please try not to give a simple "yes" or "no" answer but rather expand your point with a sentence of two (or with as much detail as you feel is necessary)
Please keep in mind that the questions are related to the English-medium public schools in Ireland, not Gaelscoils or private Irish language schools
Note: If you are a secondary school teacher, there may be questions that are not relevant to you. Feel free to skip them and go on to the next
Please indicate at which level you teach
Please indicate at what kind of school you teach
Irish-Medium Public School (Gaelscoil)
English-Medium Public School
Irish-Medium Private School
English-Medium Private School
Approximately how much time do you spend teaching and speaking Irish to your students each day
Please write you answer in hours and minutes
How would you rate you ability to speak, read and write in Irish?
Please choose the option that best describes your ability
I am just about good enough to do what is required to teach a class at primary level
I am reasonably good. I can hold a conversation with a native speaker, read a book and get the general idea and watch a film or news broadcast and not get lost
I am highly proficient. I can speak with a native speaker, watch films, listen to news broadcasts and read books in Irish without difficulty
Fully fluent / bilingual from birth
Please indicate which class or classes you teach
Example: 4th class / 2nd Year / Leaving Certificate, etc
During the portion of the day in which you are teaching Irish, do you teach and interact with the students only in Irish or do you use some English as well? Could you give a roughly estimated ratio of Irish to English usage? For example, Irish 80% - English 20%
Please remember this question refers only to the part of the day when you are teaching Irish
In general, how do you feel about the status of Irish in the curriculum? Is the teaching of Irish given too little, too much or adequate priority?
With regard to the 4 skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing), would you tend to work on one skill more than others or do you spread your time equally between all of them?
Do you speak or interact with your students in Irish only during the "Irish Language" portion of the day? For instance, if you have planned to teach Irish from 10am to 11am, do you tend to speak in Irish only during this time or do you also speak Irish during, say, maths or history time, if you feel like doing so?
How would you feel about teaching another subject, say history or geography or religion, through Irish? Do you think this would be a good idea? Would you be confident enough in your ability to speak Irish to teach the content of each lesson clearly and effectively?
Do you think the syllabus and teaching methodology are designed towards making the students eventual proficient and confident speakers of Irish? If not, what steps could be taken to improve the situation?
Are you given the freedom to explore different approaches and methods to teach Irish, or are you supposed to stick with the approach that you were taught during your teacher training?
Do you think Irish should be a compulsory subject right up to Leaving Cert level? Please explain your answer
Any other comments you would like to include with regard the teaching of Irish in schools
Any comments regarding this questionnaire and how it could be imporved
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