Polish Language Classes

The Polish American Foundation offers a number of Polish language classes throughout the year.

The tuition is very affordable at $160. This is cheaper than most college or adult education courses! As always Professor Jonathan Shea, Polish language professor at Central Connecticut State University will be teaching the courses.

Contact Dorena at dorena726@yahoo.com to signup.



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Jonathan Shea, a native of New Britain, Connecticut, is a professor of foreign language in the Connecticut Higher Education System. His academic preparation in the field of languages and linguistics has been enriched by living experience in Europe and study at the Universidad de Madrid in Spain, St. Petersburg State University in Russia and the Uniwersytet Jagiellonski in Poland.

Shea holds a B.S.degree (magna cum laude) in Spanish from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C and a M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst plus a M.L.S. in Library Science and Archival Management from Southern Connecticut State University.

In addition to the languages he teaches, Spanish, Polish and Russian, Shea also speaks Italian and French and has reading knowledge of Portuguese, Belarusian and Ukrainian.

In addition to being a foreign language educator, Shea is a trained archivist and professional genealogist specializing in Eastern Europe and Ireland. Shea frequently lectures and presents workshops internationally on the topics of document translation and other linguistic issues, as well as immigration history and European archival resources. The founding President of the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast, Inc., he now serves as its Reference Archivist and as the long-time editor of its journal, Pathways & Passages.

Shea has over twenty years of experience in the field of genealogical research, documenting his own family as well as the families of others. The Family History Library in Salt Lake City has recognized him as an Accredited Genealogist in the field of Polish research.

His publication Going Home: A Guide to Polish-American Family History Research is a comprehensive reference work on genealogical research methodology. He has also co-authored three translation guides with William Fred Hoffman: In Their Words: A Genealogist’s Translation Guide, Volume 1 Polish, Volume 2 Russian, and Volume 3, Latin.