Some ideas for Gaeilge lessons

I love Gaeilge and have a good standard of Irish but I find many children have a complete mental block when it comes to learning our language. This is a quick post about some strategies I use for interesting, enjoyable and fun Gaeilge lessons.



I have a small ball (which I bought in Tiger for 3 euro) and I throw this ball to different children and ask them a question.

  • Dia duit (Dia is Muire duit)
  • Conas atá tú? (Tá mé go maith.)
  • Cad is ainm duit? ( _______ is ainm dom)
  • Cén aois thú? (Táim ocht mbliana d’aois)
  • Cá bhfuil tú i do chónaí? (Táim i mo chónaí i mBaile Átha Cliath)

The children love getting  the ball and answering the question. The children then practice for a few minutes with their partner. I try to do this every day as ‘Beatha Teanga í a Labhairt!’

I also choose a child to be the teacher and they throw the ball and ask the question.


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I think its vital that children practise a comhrá with their partner every day. Since September we have been working on; hello, name, age, news etc. This will be increased throughout the year.




Lámha suas, lámha síos

Taispeáin dom _________

Cuir do lámh ar ______________.

(Great for quick assessment at the end of lessons)


A short drama to practice vocab and phrases or a story works really well and children really enjoy it and use the language they have learned in a meaningful context.



One thought on “Some ideas for Gaeilge lessons

  1. Hi Hi,
    Just a little note to say I love your page and all the bits you write about in your blog. I’m back in the classroom after a few years in Resource and I’ve a split 3rd/4th class and I’m finding it a little but difficult to be honest. I’m doubting myself over everything especially when I give instructions as Gaeilge and the chn are looking back blankly at me- I’m fearing I’m not wording lessons well and have looked through pages and pages on line- have you any tips for speaking fluently in irish during irish lessons- I hate throwing in english sentences but I feel they dont understand if I don’t. I’ve used so many of your ideas esp. the comhrá and the ball & questions- such great ideas.

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