Introduction to Irish Language and Culture

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Course Information
Cultural Studies
Terms offered: 
Fall, Spring
Language of instruction: 

The language part of this course caters for beginners with no previous knowledge of Irish. The aim of the class is to familiarise students with aspects of the Irish language which they will come across in their daily life in Ireland including place names and people’s names  - For example: Students will learn how to pronounce Dún Laoghaire; why Dublin should be called Blackpool; and whether Aoife is a girl’s or boy’s name. The class also aims to teach students Irish that will be usable in daily interactions e.g. basic conversation, simple text messaging and tweets.

The second part of the course is an introduction to Irish culture. It will involve a thematic case-study based survey of the traditional arts in Ireland. As the survival of Gaelic culture has been so dependent on our oral heritage, there will be a strong emphasis on oral history/tradition and role of tradition bearers and collectors. Students will be given the opportunity to familiarize themselves with traditional Irish instruments, Irish song, dance, language, superstitions and sports first hand.