Euskara is the most distinctive
ethnic marker of the Basque people and is truly unique. Euskara is pre-Indo-European and it is not related to any other
language in the world. We have a wonderful opportunity to
reclaim an important part of our heritage and be able to pass it on
to the next generations.
(Ontario's Basque Language School)
On October 6, 2005 Ontario's Basque language school officially began
Euskara classes. While
the children of
Basque Club have had Euskara instruction in the
recent past, adults in the club have not had the opportunity to
study Euskara locally since it was offered at Treasure Valley
Community College in 1971.
Students are using the Internet-based program Boga and they
also meet at least once a month for mintza praktika (speaking
practice). There are
separate classes for children and adults.
At the first class, the students had an introduction to how
the Boga program works and also had their first mintza-praktika
session. By the end of
class they were already speaking to each other and playing a game in
So far there are 43 students registered at
the euskaltegi; 28 adults and 15 children.
Maria Barinaga Tipton is the coordinator of the program and Lisa
Corcostegui is the instructor. Both
of them attended the NABO
Boga workshop in Boise in
January of 2005.
Photos of Euskaltegi sessions...
Boga at Home
Ontarioko Euskaltegia is participating in a Basque language program offered
through HABE, the Basque Government and NABO. Boga, an Internet-based language program is now available to Ontario Basque Club members. This program
allows you to study Basque on your own through the internet at home.
Boga students will also get together once a month for practice and
more about how this program works...
Some of the students of the Ontarioko
Euskaltegia after the first class in October 2005.