A’ Cumail Gàidhlig Beò: Preserving Gaelic Heritage
Over the past years a core of committed Gaelic learners formed in Baltimore through our language learning sessions. However, many more expressed sincere interest but could not attend our in-person sessions due to a variety of logistical issues. So, we recently began exploring a new structure for our goal of building a community of Gaelic speakers. Below is what we came up with. We hope you will be able to join us.
Móran taing airson do ùidh. (Many thanks for your interest.)
~ Scott Morrison and Rick Gwynallen
Online Gaelic Classes
These sessions will be held on Thursday evenings, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm every other Thursday starting on 29 September 2016.
We are using Goggle Hangouts for this class. Participation requires that students have a gmail account and a microphone on their computer.
The text we are using is the same as our existing classes: Teach Yourself: Complete Gaelic, by Boyd Robertson and Iain Taylor. We are also using lessons from Taic.
In addition, our instructor, Scott Morrison, will put materials for each class on the website prior to the class.
We recommend you get the book with accompanying CDs, but if you cannot do so do not let that stop you from participating.
The tuition will be the same as now, $10 per class. Since this is online, you will have to mail a check, and we request that the tuition payments be made in increments of $30 (3 classes) payable prior to the series of three classes being paid for. Sound complicated? Don’t worry. You’ll get a reminder.
An Intensive, Interactive Language Learning and Céilidh
This will be held every six weeks on a Sunday afternoon from 4 pm – 7 pm, starting on 30 October 2016.
The céilidhean will start at a private home in Baltimore, but they may rotate. We also may choose to hold one of these now and again as a hike or other outing.
There will be no additional charge for this (though we are always open to donations), and there is certainly no requirement for those in the online classes to attend, but it is a good opportunity for additional learning and using your Gaelic.
The learning session will be an immersion session.
These will be held at Liam Flynn’s Ale House, 22 W. North Avenue in Baltimore City (the place of our study group’s origins!). These are informal sessions for whoever can join us. Just an hour of having drinks and food and using what Gaelic we have, perhaps doing some review if people want it.
There is, of course, no charge for these.
The sessions will be held Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm, every other week, starting 5 October 2016.
If you find that the outline above for the online class meets your needs and you can participate (and we hope you do), please register by RSVPing to Rick Gwynallen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include (1) a phone number in case we need to reach you, and (2) the town and state you live in (this is just so we know how spread out everyone is).
Once you have registered, we will send you details for making tuition payments.
If you have any questions about the curriculum, please write to Scott Morrison at email@example.com.
If you cannot commit to the online sessions, but are interested in the conversations, céilidhean, or other activities we may host, please write to Rick Gwynallen at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will include you on our mailing list.