Celtic Junction Arts Center

Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN, 55104

Introduction to speaking the Irish language for young learners, April 7 - May 26

Saturdays, 9 -10:30am (8 weeks). In the EML. Class fee: $108 (if you email the instructor to pre-register) or $120 (at first class). Contact Lavinia Finnerty:  l.seoighe3@gmail.com

Children and young learners (between 12-18 years old) will learn to speak Irish in a structured yet immersive environment. They will learn to converse in Irish as they would in English on everyday topics such as discussing their favorite pastimes, school events, family vacations, sports, etc. The instructor will supply a booklet of exercises (for $10.00) and readings for students. For students who wish to progress further with the Irish language, they can aim for the Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge, a European Pass for Irish/Certificate in Proficiency exam which covers various levels of proficiency.

A native speaker from the Connemara Gaeltacht, Lavinia Finnerty graduated from the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG). Lavinia has many years’ experience in teaching Irish in both Ireland and internationally. In Ireland she taught Irish in the Galway Community College to high school students and night classes for adult learners. Lavinia has worked at Coláiste Chamuis, a summer immersion language school for high school students in Connemara and she has taught the preparation classes for the Cáilíochta sa Ghaeilge exam, a requirement for elementary teachers who wished to teach in Ireland but who obtained their education abroad. Lavinia has provided private tutoring in Irish classes to both high school and university students in Ireland and internationally in Australia where she taught adult learners and more recently in the Bay Area, California. Whilst in California she also prepared learners for the Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge, a European Pass for Irish/Certificate in Proficiency, and taught transition Irish classes to a wide range of students who were returning home to the Irish Education system.

The instructor will also lead a free weekly Conversation Circle/Ciorcal Comhra at a local coffee shop beginning on Saturday, May 5 from 11:00-12:00 for any Irish language learner who wishes to practice their speaking/listening skills.

Now Lavinia has found herself here among us in the Twin Cities and is keen to share her passion for the Irish language.