These radio programmes on BBC Radio Ulster MW 1341, are aimed at pupils aged 7-11 in English language schools, introduce them to important phrases in Irish. The adventures of Blaisín support language learning in a fluid way. Online teachers' notes are available with creative ideas for curricular activities.
Blaisín receives an e-mail greeting from her globe-trotting parents on her 10th birthday but three strange words have her stumped. A worn-out whistle from her grandmother proves an unimpressive gift but the ancient 'feadóg' reveals an amazing secret - a magic owl who speaks Irish, helping Blaisín and Charlie, unravel the meanings of new words.
Although this series has finished, you can still search for programme information, teacher notes and worksheets in the site. Programmes are still available to borrow or purchase from the Audio Visual Recording service at SELB. Just quote the SELB number that can be found below or on the programme page in your correspondence with the unit.
5. School's Cool - SELB number: RM 0740 Blaisín and Charlie like to spend their time
with their unusual friend, Ceann Cait (the long eared
owl) but unfortunately they have projects to do for
school. Charlie's task is based on the ancient Egyptians
and Blaisín's project on the ancient Celts.
6. Myths and
Legends - SELB number: RM 0741 Gran is telling Blaisín and Charlie an Irish
myth when she falls asleep - how disappointing! They
call on their friend, Ceann Cait (the long eared owl),
in the hope that he could finish the story for them,
but the long eared owl has a lot on his mind.
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