FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT ANSON SMITH AT 203-332-5229 or
MARY ELLEN O’SULLIVAN AT 203-218-1714.
 

IRISH TO BE OFFERED AT HCC

MEETS POPULAR DEMAND FOR LANGUAGE
 
HAILED BY FAIRFIELD STUDY GROUP

OFFERED ONLY AT HCC


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – A course in Elementary Irish will top the list of new courses being offered this fall at Housatonic Community college.

The course, which will be offered Wednesday evenings, presents the phonetic system of the language, basic vocabulary and fundamental grammatical principles emphasizing communications competency. All linguistic skill areas will be covered, listening comprehension, reading, speaking and writing. Orientation to the geography, history and culture of Ireland and Irish-Americans will be included.

 “This is a wonderful opportunity to be trained in the language,” said Mary Ellen O’ Sullivan of Fairfield, Conn. one of several people who have been teaching themselves the language at the Gaelic-American Club in Fairfield. “We are eagerly looking forward to having a professional instructor who will give us guidance in pronunciation and grammar.”  

O’Sullivan, a part-time instructor at HCC, noted that, at a recent all-day workshop on the Irish language, people from all across Connecticut attended. There is definitely a need in the community for this course,” she said.

The course meets Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:50 p.m.  The instructor is John Feeney, of Danbury, Conn., who has taught Irish for the last 12 years. His goal is to enable students to converse in the language.

“For the past 150 years, many people have said the language would be dead in a short time, yet it survives,” he said. “What better way to learn the customs and culture of a people than to learn the language and how they express their ideas and views of the world and life.”