Guest Post: Spraoi Ville Website Review

by admin on 31/01/2012


This review is by a junior infant teacher, teaching in an urban primary school who wishes to remain anonymous.

Spraoi Ville is a fantastic new interactive website for teaching Gaeilge in primary schools that is built in line with the national curriculum. The website has been live for about two months and there are apparently already over 150 primary schools using it for teaching Irish. I find it absolutely brilliant and it is making a huge difference already in my infant classroom.

Part of the site is accessible for free but a lot of additional activities are on a subscription basis. It costs €4.95 per month, €24.95 for six months or €49.95 for a year. (I think this cost is per classroom) I used it to teach my junior infants things in the kitchen like pláta, gloine, spúnóg and sentences where the avatars spoke saying things like “Tá forc, scian agus pláta ag Sinéad” and then they had to do líon na bearnaí exercises. I honestly didn’t think my kids would be able for it because they don’t learn about things in the kitchen until 1st class but I have to say they got it straight away! The principal was extremely impressed. There were probably 8 or 10 gaps which they had to fill in on the sentences and they got them all right!

I’ll be honest, up to now my kids were basically just using their Irish books as colouring books as that’s basically what they are for in junior and senior infants but they learned more Irish in 10 minutes on that website than they did all year and I even had a parent saying to me that the child was pointing out things at the kitchen table and then saying “Tá pláta, forc agus gloine ag Daidí.” She was very impressed as was I. I know parents love it because their kids are really speaking Irish and it looks really good for the school when you have 4 and 5 year olds even going home and saying things in Irish.

I know how hard it is to find any resources for teaching Irish, so this is a welcome addition for the teacher’s digital resource chest. Kids can also use this website at home for €4.95 a month and I know the majority of children in my school use it. This website is making a huge difference to how Irish is taught. Visit the site at Spraoi Ville.

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admin January 31, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Spraoi Ville is actually offering a one-year membership for €22, according to a posting on the Seomra Ranga Facebook Page. When making enquiries, make sure you say you read about it on Seomra Ranga Facebook.

val January 31, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Is it just me or is it almost impossible to load the website – if it’s as slow as it seems on my broadband at home, then this would never work in school…

Mícheál February 1, 2012 at 9:48 am

It is extremely fast, I’d say its your internet. We use it in school and its really, really fast. You need adobe flash player but on most computers that comes up automatically. You should download that because essentially it is a flash game. I just checked their help section and there is a section there for technical problems and it really is spot on.
Fantastic website!

liam February 13, 2012 at 11:09 am

IMO it is more english used than irish

Shauna February 13, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Liam…I totally agree. The amount of English on the site is ridiculous. I bought a years membership and haven’t used it once in the classroom.

treasadoy February 17, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Hi Shauna and Liam,
I have to say i totally dis agree with what you are saying. My husband uses this in his classroom and he teachers 1st, 2nd and 3rd class and he never stops talking about how great the site is.
Both my 6 year old daughter and 11 year old son use it also and their Irish and interest in learning Irish has completely changed. They love it without a doubt!
It is true what the junior infants teacher said; they pick things up so quickly and do be talking in Irish without even realising.
My husband and kids have told me that the school is the learning part of the world and they earn coins there to buy things for their little person and all the other elements which are the fun parts for the kids.
It is an awful pity in this country that we don’t encourage and praise people who are really trying to make a difference in the education system by creating something so wonderful as Spraoi Ville; we are so quick to write things off and always expect so much for nothing.
I know my husband and his colleagues both in the school and in neighbouring schools think its brilliant and the proof is in the pudding: the children are learning Irish and wanting to learn Irish.

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