Learning With Us

A bheil thu air a bhith airson Gàidhlig ionnsachadh? 
Is urrainn dhuinn do chuideachadh
Have you wanted to learn Gaelic?
We can help.

Registration is Open

for the 2021-22 Academic Year

A chairidean chóir,

Tha sinn an dòchas gu bheil samhradh àlainn agaibh uile. (We hope you are all having a lovely summer.)

Registration is now open for the 2021 – 2022 academic year. Classes start after Labor Day and run through June 2022. Please register by Friday, 21 August 2021.

There’s something new this year! To foster a forum that allows learners to use their Gaelic in a casual, social setting, we are adding a Language Lab to the curriculum. One Language Lab will be conducted per cycle for 1 1/2 hours. The Language Lab will divide learners by learning level, and a teacher will be assigned to the lab for each learning level.

To read about our faculty, click here.  To learn more about us as an institution, click herePlease read more about our classes below. We hope you will join us.

Our curriculum

Gaelic School Calendar 2021 – 2022

For five years, Sgoil Gàidhlig experimented with language learning and community building formats.  In 2018, Sgoil Gàidhlig’s teacher, Scott MacIlleMhoire (Morrison), completed a thorough re-design of the school’s online language modules based on the five year experience of Sgoil Gàidhlig, retaining the online teaching approach abd adding to it other forms of language contact experiences.  We have been refining the curriculum since that time. We took this step because we believe it will lead to enhanced language learning in the context of a growing Gaelic language community in the Chesapeake region.  Sgoil Gàidhlig is dedicated to cultivating new Gaelic speakers using methods that honor and perpetuate Gaelic culture and language.

Our curriculum is now divided into seven levels:

  • New Beginners
  • Advanced Beginners
  • Intermediate 1
  • Intermediate 2
  • Advanced 1
  • Advanced 2
  • ‘Fluent’

Learning Gaelic

Language lessons are provided once every other week for 1 1/2 hours, using Zoom. The lessons are in a cyclical format consisting of eight ‘cycles’ of three lessons each (one unit). Within each cycle the same information are introduced, practiced, and reviewed in all three classes. One 1 1/2 hour Language Lab is conducted per cycle. The units provide progressive, integrated, measurable content that prepares the student to move up levels with confidence. Each individual level requires about one calendar year to complete.
The syllabus for each level is based primarily upon the Gaelic grammar lessons found on the Taic.me.uk website. They are further enhanced by educational materials from Teach Yourself: Complete Gaelic, by Boyd Robertson and Iain Taylor, and other educational Gaelic material that Mr. Morrison has used over the years.

Our Approach: Developing Gaelic thinkers and speakers

Many language learning systems emphasize either fluency or literacy. While few, if any, are purely one or the other, most emphasize one or the other. A strict emphasis on fluency in spoken language might lead to faster conversational ability, while a strict influence on literacy might produce conversational ability at a slower pace while grammatical or theoretical understanding of the language develops faster.
The pedagogical approach of Sgoil Gàidhlig attempts to balance the two. While designed to foster conversational ability in Scottish Gaelic, the curriculum has at its core the principle that the worldview of the people is embedded in the language, and that familiarity with the culture permits a more nuanced and deeper understanding of the spoken tongue.
The program overall will strive to strengthen the student’s understanding of meanings behind the grammar and vocabulary. Each unit incorporates reading comprehension by using texts that are both of a conversational and, as the modules progress, a literary nature. Further, we incorporate historical and cultural material aimed at developing a deeper understanding of Scottish Gaelic heritage.
In all units we strive to immerse the students in the flavor, character, mindset, thinking processes, and worldview of Gaelic and the Gael. Hopefully the result will be that we produce Gaelic thinkers as well as Gaelic speakers.

Tuition & Registration

Tuition for the year is $540, including all classes, Language Labs, access to instructors for study assistance, and admission to student-only events.
Payment Schedule
Option A: If the tution is paid in full in a single payment the student may take a $25 discount. Therefore, $515 is paid upon acceptance of the registration.
Option B:
  • $180 due upon acceptance of the registration
  • $180 due by 15 November 2021
  • $180 due by 15 February 2022
If this payment plan poses a hardship, please contact us to make satisfactory arrangements.
To register, write to sgoilgaidhlig@gmail.com. Please include your name, physical address, email address, telephone number(s), and some information as to how you became interested in learning Gaelic, including prior study, if appropriate. We will contact each person to arrange an interview with our head teacher, Scott Morrison.
If you have questions about the program or which learning group is appropriate for you, please write to sgoilgaidhlig@gmail.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 sgoilgaidhlig@gmail.com and we will include you on our mailing list.

Mòran taing a h-uile duine.
Suas Leis a’ Ghàidhlig

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  29. Do you have to Do the Skype sessions live?
    What times are they as this will direct my availability. Thank you!

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