I received these samples of Comhrá trí Ghaeilge cards from Clever Mind Toys recently and I have been meaning to share them with you.

This resource consists of a plastic box with a variety of well made, durable little conversational cards. The cards are divided by themes, such as bia, ar scoil and so on. They are also colour coded by theme which is an attractive little feature!They comprise of questions such as ‘Cén clár teilifíse is fearr leat?’ to the more challenging ‘Conas a thugann tú aire do do pheata?’ The cards build on each other too, e.g. ‘An maith leat píotsa?’, then ‘Cad a chuireann tú ar do phíotsa?’
There’s also an Ábhair Ghinearálta, which is a great way to mix it up a bit and ask questions outside of the themes which they may not be expecting. That’s the orange box in a nutshell.

The blue box then is age ten plus. Personally, I think they’re more suited to sixth class, but it depends on the class of course. Again, these are divided into themes, and the questions are slightly more challenging, some using the conditional tense. I like these cards because the questions are a little bit different, e.g. ‘An bhfuil leasainm ort?’ or Cén rud is mó a bhfuil bródúil as? And ‘Cén séasúr is fearr leat?’.

These Comhrá trí Ghaeilge cards would be excellent to use throughout the day, or as a plenary to your Irish lesson. They could be used solely by the teacher as a means of fresh questioning ideas, or indeed by the children. I would divide the children into pairs and have them ask each other the questions on the card. The teacher could circulate the room offering help as they work. They could also go home as homework, to practice an answer for the question on the card with parents/guardians.
I love the little plastic box these cards come in, and the good quality of the cards make them durable for the classroom. I am always happy to see a new Irish resource as the choice of Irish resources is remarkably limited unfortunately. I would recommend them for fourth class up, unless you teach in a gaelscoil.

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