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Comparative Literature Program at Lehman College

Minor in Irish Language

The CUNY Institute for Irish-American Studies is proud of its "Center for Irish Language Acquisition Research." Tomás Ó h-Íde (Ihde), former Institute director, has had two curriculum development projects funded in the past six years by the the Department responsible for Gaeltacht Affairs (Irish Government). In the initial proprosal, it was indicated that a distance education Minor in Irish Language and Literature would be designed. That program is now in place with on-line components as well as face-to-face weekly meetings at four locations in New York City, based at the Department of Languages and Literatures, CUNY-Lehman College. In 2009, the Tomás Ó h-Íde once again submitted a successful curriculum development project to develop a BA in Irish Language and Literature. That project is nearly complete with proposals before the Curriculum Committee for all the necessary courses and the B.A. requirements. The B.A. in Irish Language & Literature is taught completely in Irish and is intended to be on a par with similar programs in Ireland.

The Center has also successfully applied for a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant for the past five years. The current FLTA is Madeleine Ní Ghallchobhair from Co. Mayo, Ireland. She is co-hosted by the CUNY Institute for Irish-American Studies and the Lehman Department of Languages & Literatures.

The Irish language program at Lehman College also has contracts with, that is, provides staffing to, Manhattan College, Queens College, College of Mount Saint Vincent, and the Aisling Center.

To visit the Irish language program website, click here.

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