Lehman College is grateful for support from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Irish National Lottery supported by the Ireland-United States Commission for Educational Exchange (Fulbright Commission) for our research projects. The Irish support included funding for ten years of curriculum development grants, Fulbright foreign language teaching assistants sent from Ireland to Lehman College during six years, and Gaeltacht Summer Awards for four Lehman students in 2011, three students in 2012, two students in 2013, two students in 2014, one student in 2015, one student in 2016, two students in 2017, and two students in 2018. From 2012 to present funding was provided for our speakers series (including five symposia) as well.
Our current research project involves curriculum development for our Elementary Irish Two course, IRI 112. We have about 100 registrations in our elementary level every year. In 2008, we published our first textbook, Colloquial Irish. It focused on a dialect of the Irish language found in West Galway. In 2019-2020, we completed a second textbook, Colloquial Irish 2 for our second semester class. A grant from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Irish National Lottery supported by the Ireland-United States Commission for Educational Exchange (Fulbright Commission) subsidizing the sound recordings of native speakers in West Galway for Colloquial Irish 2. To learn more about this program and hear the sound files recorded for the first and second textbook, visit https://colloquialirish.com/ . This summer will be the first summer in which we use the new textbook, Colloquial Irish 2 (2020), in our Lehman College, CUNY, courses.