Ireland: Pioneering language project to be rolled out nationwide

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at
Thu Sep 18 00:32:21 UTC 2008

Forwarded From:  edling at

Irish Times

Pioneering language project to be rolled out nationwide

A PROJECT that involves older people teaching English to immigrants is
to be replicated around the State.

Businessman Denis O'Brien's charitable foundation will fund the
national roll-out of the "Fáilte Isteach" project for a three-year

It was established by the Third Age Foundation in Summerhill, Co
Meath, in 2006, when active retirement group members noticed that some
immigrants were having problems in supermarkets and elsewhere because
they did not speak English.

More than 120 immigrants have participated in the project so far. They
attend weekly conversation classes which are practical, focusing on
areas such as going to the doctor, filling in forms, applying for jobs
or shopping.

Full story:


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone: (215) 898-7475
Fax: (215) 573-2138

Email: haroldfs at


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