Des Bishop (of all people) raised an important point on the teaching of the Irish language on the Late Late Show on Friday. He was able to reach the same proficiency in Irish as 14 to 16 year olds in "irish college", in 4 months.
He proposed two levels:
A) Spoken, comprehension of oral and written irish.
B) The poems, stories, essays for the higher level students (or swats as he called them).
Would the Irish language be better served if the written exams were not mandatory, but all students had to undergo just the oral and aural exams?
(Could those who propose the abolition of irish as a national/notional language and other anti-Irish rants take it to the thread on that campaign? Go raibh maith agaibh).