Foreign Language Resources

Do you know of any upcoming foreign language classes taking place in Western Massachusetts and the surround area?  Send us an email and let us know and we’ll include them here!


Irish Language Classes at Elms College, Chicopee, MA

In cooperation with Elms College, the Irish Cultural Center is pleased to offer a range of Irish classes for the 2019/2020 academic year.

To enroll for all classes, please download the registration form. Classes take place at Elms College in Chicopee. ICC Patrons receive a $50 discount.

First Year Irish non-credit
This course is focused on all four language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Beginner class – no prior study needed!
Mondays 6:00 – 8:00 pm: September 9 – December 9, 2019.
Taught by Gerald Costello. Cost is $150.

Second Year Irish non-credit
For students who have had one year of prior study, and are not yet ready to enroll in the Intermediate class.
Tuesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm: September 10 – December 10, 2019.
Taught by Gerald Costello. Cost is $150.

Third Year Irish non-credit
For students who have had two years of prior study, and are not yet ready to enroll in the Intermediate class.
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:30 pm: September 10 – December 10, 2019.
Taught by Kathleen Gilhooly. Cost is $150.

Fourth Year Irish non-credit
For students who have had three years of prior study, and are not yet ready to enroll in the Intermediate class.
Saturdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm: September 7 – December 7, 2019.
Taught by Kathleen Gilhooly. Cost is $150.

Intermediate Irish: Advanced
 non-credit or credit
For advanced students who have had three or more years of prior study, to increase their reading, writing and conversation skills.
Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:30 pm: September 4 – December 4, 2019.
Taught by FLTA Yvonne De Faoite. Cost is $175.


Polish Language Classes in New Britain, CT

The World Language Academy, a program of the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast, is again sponsoring ten week Polish language classes this Fall beginning on September 18, 2019.

Introductory Polish Level 1, Part 1 will be held on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. (This class is for adults who have no or little knowledge of the language.)

Introductory Polish Level 1, Part 2 will be held on Wednesdays from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (This class is for individuals who have completed Part 1 or its equivalent.)????

Cost is $150 per person, per class.

PLACE: Polish National Alliance, 37 Ward Street, New Britain (off Farmington Avenue)

TEXT:  Polski Krok Po Kroku. Coursebook for Learning Polish as a Foreign Language by Iwona Stempek, et al. Available on line at amazon.com and from other on-line merchants.

** Our classes are purposely kept small to insure that each student gets individualized attention.

EARLY REGISTRATION IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED! SEATING IS LIMITED!

The instructor is a university professor of foreign languages and holds Connecticut teacher certification in several foreign languages as well as English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education. He is also an accredited genealogist.

Speaking the language will enable you to communicate with relatives in Poland and familiarize you with the grammar of the language which will help in reading records from Poland that you will encounter in the course of your research.

Please note: If there is an insufficient number of students for either class session, the class will be cancelled or postponed.

To register, please email Diane Szepanski, Event Coordinator at Szepanski3@cox.net.

Please make checks payable to PGSCTNE.


Italian Language Classes in Pittsfield, MA

Italian lessons under the instruction of Alex Nardacci will continue from September to November at the Italian American Club,  203 Newell St., Pittsfield MA.

A series of one-and-a-half hour lessons will be offered Monday through Thursday.  The schedule follows:

Beginners Part 1 starts September 19 at 5 p.m.

Beginners Part 2 starts September 23 at 5 p.m.

Intermediate Part 1 starts September 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Advanced Level 1, Part 1 starts September 18 at 5 p.m.

Advanced Level 1, Part 4 starts September 17 at 5 p.m.

Intermediate Conversational Class starts September 17  at 6:30 p.m.

Advanced Conversational Class starts September 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Call Alex Nardacci at 413-698-3878 to register and for further information.  Tuition costs $50 for Italian American Club members, and $60 for non-members.  Bring cash or a check payable to Alex Nardacci to the first class.