"A fairly typical primary education in 80's Ireland left me with a lot of Irish learned but incapable of even a basic conversation" Robin Rynhart (Founder IrishHomework.ie)
"Thirty years later, I could see the exact same fate playing out for my own three children. I had to do something to improve their Irish outcome."
We have removed all the unecessary hurdles to learning a language. Now the young learner's enthusiasm is channeled into achieving success in the shortest amount of time and for the least amount of effort.
Success, is feeling like you can speak Irish right from the beginning. This early success then motivates you to expand your knowledge to the remaining Irish curriculum without it feeling so difficult.
We applied modern language teaching methods using todays technology to create a web based platform that allows a flipped classroom solution.
We focus on the top 500 spoken Irish words. This is enough to give us 80% of everyday spoken Irish.
All our dialogues are typical of an Irish students daily encounters. This creates many opportunites to use what has been learned.
Definitions and sounds are only a hover and click away, at all times. No dictionary work needed.
The "flipped classroom" aproach is core to IrishHomework. It would be easy to ask for more from our teachers , more work on oral Irish but there simply isn't time available to do more of anything. So we have to use a more efficient model. Giving children the ability to self study the Irish content at home, in a fun way, goal oriented, with user friendly tools, allows teachers to use class time to "activate" the language learned. The real efficiency is achieved as a result of childrens Irish being activated, that is, transformed into a language inside their mind. This makes it fun, it makes it stick, it creates a mental framework that is much much easier to build upon.
Teachers can see at a glance of their Teacher Dashboard which students have learned todays material, how successfully they have learned it and what if any issues they may be having with it. They can then create task based classroom activities for students to put "last nights lesson" into practice.
It could be as simple as students in pairs, re-enacting the dialogue in different characters, ( a granny voice and a Big Bad Wolf voice ), or with a slightly different task than that of the dialogue itself.
In this way, a teacher becomes a facilitator rather than an instructor. They can focus on bringing the Irish out of the students, encouraging them to speak freely and to make lots of mistakes. (Correcting is for multiple repeats of an engrained error only.)
Please take a look at our Teacher Resource page for further guidance on the flipped classroom and how to activate and facilitate language learning during class time.