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Sunday 24 March 2013

Speak Irish, part 2! TEG Irish language proficiency exams at the University of Ottawa

Ottawa University has the distinction of being only one of two official testing centers in Canada for the Irish language proficiency test that is recognized internationally. The test is called TEG (Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge

Last year only the A1 level was offered at our testing center in Ottawa. This year both the A1 and A2 levels are offered as long as we get 12 people at each level. The test dates are in May, so there is still time to prepare. They will be similar to the New York times.

For those of you who have learned Irish in Ireland, or others of you have been studying the language regularly here in Canada, the test is a great way to measure your ability in all four skills. The website ( has practice tests for each skill and for all levels

Written Test (A2) on 11 May 2013
New York:/Toronto/Ottawa: 9-11am

Oral Test (A2) on 11 May 2013
New York: 11.30am- 3 pm

Written Test (A1) on 25 May 2013
New York/Toronto/Ottawa: 9-11am

Oral Test (A1) on 25 May 2013
New York: 11.30am- 3 pm

You must register on-line to do the test at:

  Preparation Course
Community Irish language programs invariably emphasize conversational skills. The TEG also includes reading and writing skills, and hence a student may need to fill in gaps before advancing to the next TEG level. In order to assist students in succeeding at the A1 level, a TEG preparation course is being held at the University of Ottawa 17 – 19 May 2013. This is the weekend immediately prior to the actual A1 examination.
The preparation course will include:
  • Practice oral examinations
  • Practice written tests which will be marked and returned
  • Additional preparation in the areas where weaknesses are identified
Program Cost: $100 (does not include meals or accommodation)
Preregistration Required
Registration Deadline: 1 May 2013
Local Accommodation may be coordinated through:
Síle Scott at (613) 562-5800 ext 3475

Further Program Information:
Aralt Mac Giolla Chainnigh
Physics, RMC, Box 17,000 Station Forces
Kingston, ON, K7K 7B4
(613) 541-6000 ext 6042

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