Fall 2013 Irish Immersion Weekend

Here’s a round-up of scenes from our Irish language hunting weekend. We had countless conversation games immersed in Irish over the 3 days. Our next weekend is coming up February 28th – March 2nd 2014. We hope to see you there! Check here to register.

New Play Materials Coming Soon!

Here’s a sneak peek at our upcoming play support materials. Make sure you look at the free ebook, “Getting Started with Language Hunting”, so you are up to date on where the craft of language hunting is going.

Irish Immersion Summer Camp 2013 in Portland, OR, July 29th-August 2nd

Here you can see scenes from our last Irish language event this past April. This summer’s Irish Camp will look very similar, and we’ll be rolling out and implementing at least 4 new innovations to the language hunting system -

  • An improved Bucket Brigade involving separate tables for players at the 1 Q&A, 2 Q&A, and 3 Q&A levels of conversational exchanges.
  • The most recent iteration of the map of the Language Hunter’s Journey
  • New rules for organizing your own games – the Tree Diagram of Language
  • New rules for getting “over the hump” from Intermediate to Advanced – while staying in the flow of fluency!

To register for this summer’s Irish camp, follow this link. We look forward to seeing you there!

Wrapping up Our Irish Language Middle School Program

Yesterday was the finale of our 8 week (or 9, depending on how you count) program of Irish language hunting games at Corbett Middle School, here in the Portland, OR area.

We celebrated it by having an Irish-immersion Scavenger Hunt!

Below you can see selected photos from the last day of the program. We’re really proud of the kids (and ourselves) for all we’ve accomplished. It was a lot of hard work with some amazing results. We’re working on a video to showcase highlights from the program – stay tuned!

Language Hunting in Europe

conversation language hunt image

Image CC BY SA, papalars

Willem Larsen will be working in Europe during the month of May, 2012. This is an extremely rare in-person opportunity to set up workshops, talks, or one-on-one mentoring.

Here’s his approximate itinerary -

  • May 7-13, Germany
  • May 14-20, Finland
  • May 21-26, Sweden/Denmark

These are approximate dates – contact us at info@languagehunters.org for more details and to schedule an event.

Irish Language Hunt Comes to Corbett Middle School

Corbett Middle School Irish Language Hunting

There are about 50 Corbett Middle School students hunting Irish in this picture, believe or not!

As of April 2nd, we’ve just begun a 9 week program in partnership with Corbett Middle School in Corbett, OR, where 100 Corbett Middle School students will language hunt Irish for an hour a day, 4 days a week.

We’re really excited about this project. Our goal is to bring the students to basic conversational fluency in Irish by the end of the program, along with training them to apply their new language hunting skills to any language. This pilot program could lead to bigger things in the Fall!

Corbett Middle School Students singing traditional irish song gaeilge image

Corbett Middle School Students singing traditional irish song, Gréasaí Brog.

We’re including a music element, teaching the students traditional Irish music along with the Gaeilge language.

There are many more images at our Facebook group.

We’re currently fundraising for this program; if you’d like to support this ground-breaking effort, contact us at info@languagehunters.org.