MISSOULA – The Friends of Irish Studies will host its annual weeklong Irish Language Immersion course July 19-26 at Montana Tech in Butte. The main objective is to impart a conversational knowledge of the Irish language.
Advanced- and beginner-level students have the option to take a credit or noncredit course. Three credits can be earned. The class costs $299 for non-Friends of the Irish Studies members and $279 for members. Classes will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 4:30 p.m.
“This course attracts students from all over the country,” said Traolach O’Riordain, director of the University of Montana’s Irish Studies Program. “It is designed to give students a living cultural experience with the hopes that they continue to preserve and promote their ancestral heritage.”
For those traveling to Butte to take the course, there are accommodations available on the Montana Tech campus for $25 per night. To view the facilities, visit http://www.mtech.edu/.
For more information or to register for the class, visit http://www.friendsofirishstudies.com and click on “Irish Language Immersion Course” under Upcoming Events, then click on “Learn the Language/Registration Sheet” at the top of the page.
The Friends of Irish Studies supports the UM Irish Studies Program, which offers a minor in Irish studies through courses on Irish language, history, literature, drama and dance.
For more information, call O’Riordain at 406-544-0311.