A beginner’s Czech language class will be offered in Ennis starting Feb. 1. The classes will be held from 7-9 p.m. Thursday nights for 12 weeks, ending April 19. The class will be at the Sokol Activity Center, one mile east of Ennis on State Highway 34.

“This is a very concentrated course that will cover pronunciation, grammar, reading and vocabulary,” Elaine Gallagher said. “It will also include presentation on Czech history and culture. Although designed for beginners, advanced Czech language students will enjoy a good review.”

Participants do not have to be Czech to attend. Each student will receive printed handouts along with a progressive CD-ROM containing the class presentations for additional home study.

The class is free and participants are under no obligation to join or belong to any organization.

“All you need bring to the class is a pencil and a desire to learn a little Czech,” Gallagher said. “How much you learn will be up to you as you will get plenty of material to study. The presentations will start promptly at 7 p.m., so come a little early for good seating. Please note, only the class attendees will receive the CD-ROMs.”

The course has been taught in Fort Worth, West and most recently at the Czech Club in Dallas. The course is sponsored by the Ellis County chapter of the Texas Czech Heritage Society and the Ennis Sokol Organization, and is being taught once again by Joe Janecka of Burleson.

“This is a once in a lifetime chance to receive instruction in a Czech language class from a well-known language instructor and be given class material at the end of the course without having to purchase the handout material,” Gallagher said. “Hopefully the attendance will make the effort of Mr. Janecka worthwhile since he is giving of his time and talents.”

For more information, contact Janecka at (817) 295-3068 or by e-mail a0010631@airmail.net, or contact Ennis chapter of the Czech Heritage Society president Victor Havel at (972) 872-9790 or by e-mail at OMI-OPI-HAVEL@sbcglobal.net.