Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Kevin Frederick

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Translated from Gaelic, craic means “fun.” And McGinley should know, since she is a student in a Gaelic, or Irish, language course at Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville.

Students new to the course begin by learning simple phrases in Gaelic, she said.

“I decided to take the class because of my heritage,” McGinley explained.

During the class, McGinley is referred to “Seana,” a Gaelic name given to her by instructor Kevin Frederick. Frederick has been teaching the course at LCCC since 1995….

….Frederick studied Gaelic when he lived in Gortahork, County Donegal, and in Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland. He continued his studies in Philadelphia and New York before he moved to Lehigh Valley.

“Mostly I learned in classroom settings, but you learn the most when you are in an immersion setting where speaking English is not an option. Primarily language is learned by ear - what you hear, you say, so to speak,” he said. “So, like English, Irish is learned by trial and error in a speech environment.”…

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