Tomás Ó h-Íde (Ihde)
Associate Professor of Irish
Department of Languages and Literatures, Chair
Lehman College, Bronx, NY
City University of New York


Tomás Ó h-Íde (Ihde)
Comhollamh le Gaeilge
Roinn Theangacha agus Litríochtaí, Cathaoirleach
Coláiste Lehman, Bronx, NY
Ollscoil Chathair Nua-Eabhrac

 

Tomás Ó h-Íde (Thomas Ihde), is a professor of Irish language and literature at Lehman College, the City University of New York. He is co-founder of the North American Association of Celtic Language Teachers (NAACLT) [1] and has developed university level courses at a number of third level institutions in the New York City area.

Education

After attending St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, for his Bachelor of Arts degree, Prof. Ó h-Íde read linguistics at Trinity College Dublin, gaining a Master's of Philosophy in Applied Linguistics in 1992 and a Doctorate degree in Applied Linguistics in 1998.

Career

Prof. Ó h-Íde began teaching secondary school in County Dublin while completing his master's degree. He taught the English and Irish languages at Bergen Community College (NJ) while completing research for his Ph.D. Since 2000, he has been employed at Lehman College of the City University of New York (CUNY) where he became the first professor in the CUNY system to be appointed as full-time instructor of the Irish language. [2]

Books

Colloquial Irish (with Máire Ní Neachtain, Roslyn Blyn-LaDrew, and John Gillen). New York: Routledge 2008

The Irish Language in the United States: a historical, sociolinguistic, and applied linguistic survey. Westport, CT: Bergin & Garvey 1994.

Selected Articles

"Emancipation through exile: Irish speakers in the Americas" In Michael Newton (ed.), Celts in the Americas. Sydney, NS: Cape Breton University Press, 2013.
"Irish American Identity and the Irish Language." In P. Kirwan, J. Byrne & M. O'Sullivan (eds.), Affecting Irishness. New York: Peter Lang, 2008.
"Irish Language Learning Textbooks Published in the United States: 1873-1904." New Hibernia Review, Vol. 9, 2005. 137-151.
"Teacher and Student Roles in Multimedia Language Learning." Teanga: The Irish Yearbook of Applied Linguistics, Vol. 20, 2001-2002, 69-87.
“Curriculum Development and Textbook Design for North American Learners of Irish.” Language, Culture, & Curriculum, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2000, 1-12.
"Issues in the design of credited Irish courses" Journal of Celtic Language Learning, Vol. 5, 2000, 5-19.

Name

Born Thomas Ihde, he is named after his maternal grandfather Thomas, who was a native Irish speaker from Galway.[3] His paternal grandfather was a German-American. He was given the Irish version of his surname by his first Irish language teacher John Egan. He legally Gaelicized his name in 1989 at the Central Office of the Four Courts while living in Ireland.

Notes

1. Stenson, Nancy. "Retrospective: NAACLT - the first decade" Journal of Celtic Language Learning, Vol. 10, 2005, p. 43. http://naaclt.org/resources/JCLL_2005_vol10_p43-53.pdf

2. http://www1.cuny.edu/mu/forum/2010/10/06/lehman-college-prof-ihde-honored-as-one-of-top-100-irish-educators/

3. "Emancipation through exile: Irish speakers in the Americas" In Michael Newton (ed.), Celts in the Americas. Sydney, NS: Cape Breton University Press, 2013. See also http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai000850350/

Links

http://www.lehman.edu/academics/arts-humanities/languages-literatures/

http://www.lehmangaeilge.org/