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Harkin launches Scholastic Languages 2012

May 31, 2012

At the launch of the Scholastic Languages Programme for 2012, Marian Harkin M.E.P. welcomed this opportunity for regional students.

She spoke of the importance of fluency in a European language.

“Most Europeans have at least two languages with many speaking a third. Now that Irish will be a working language of the E. U. since 2007, more and more people are learning Irish. I’m delighted to report that there are a number of successful Irish classes being run in Brussels right now.” She added that she felt such initiatives are a practical and positive step forward in the promotion and development of the Irish language.

Following eight years of success Scholastic Languages, a Carrick-on-Shannon and Sligo based initiative, is running two language camps this July in Carrick-on-Shannon and Sligo. It is offering the summer schools through a choice of either Irish or French for primary school and secondary school students in Sligo and Irish in Carrick-on-Shannon.

Primary school students actively participate in language classes in the morning and enjoy a wide range of fun activities through the chosen language in the afternoon. Scholastic Languages offer a new range of fun educational opportunities to regional students and to provide the confidence to communicate with greater fluency.