Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge

The Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (TEG) [1] or European Certificate in Irish is a set of examinations for adult learners of Irish. TEG is linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ( Council of Europe , 2001). [2] It examines four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Examinations are currently available at five levels from Beginners 1 (A1) to Advanced 1 (C1) and are run internationally. In 2016 exams were held in Sydney, NY, Ottawa, and nationally in Ireland. There is the option for candidates for full examination (Lánchreidiúint) or just the oral examination (partial credit).

TEG is the first certification system for the adult learners of the ALTE examination system / Council of Europe. It has already been developed in the European system. This system helps learners to plan their studies and gain recognition for the progress they have made. Another advantage of the system is that it gives educational institutions and employers the language of candidates for courses, jobs or promotions. Of particular importance to the English Language Act (2003) in Ireland. The Language Center in Maynooth is a member of ALTE ( Association of Language Testers in Europe ), monitors the content and quality of TEG.


  1. Jump up^ http://www.teg.ie/english.167.html
  2. Jump up^ Council of Europe (2011). Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment . Council of Europe.