A chairidean chóir,
Tha sinn an dòchas gum bi samhradh math agaibh uile. (We hope you are all having a good summer.)
Registration is now open for the 2022 – 2023 academic year. Classes start after Labor Day on 6 September and run through 23 June.
Maybe you come across our Language Village at a festival. Maybe you participated in our Facing Our History: The North American Gael podcasts. Maybe you saw us online. Maybe you know someone who is already learning with us. However you found your way to this page, you are most welcome. Will this be your year to join us? We hope so.
To read about our faculty, click here. To learn more about us as an institution, click here. Please read more about our classes below. Scroll down for instructions on how to register. We hope you will join us.
Our curriculum – Developing Gaelic Speaker and Gaelic Thinkers
Sgoil Gàidhlig is dedicated to cultivating new Gaelic speakers and thinkers using methods that honor and perpetuate Gaelic culture and language.
We started as a small study group in an Irish pub on North Avenue in Baltimore, Maryland. As interest grew, we pivoted to an online format. We took that step because we believed it would lead to enhanced language learning in the context of a growing Gaelic language community in the Chesapeake region, and we are very excited about the Gaelic learning community growing here. While most of our students are still within the Chesapeake watershed, we now have people learning with us from San Francisco to Vermont, and Halifax to Alabama. Even with that growth, we remain driven by the desire to maintain a warm, intimate approach to language learning that builds community.
Our curriculum is now divided into seven levels:
Learning Gaelic with us
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
New students can be admitted during the course of the year, but integrating students into the classes once classes have started can be challenging. Therefore, such admissions are made on a case-by-case basis following a telephone interview with the Head Teacher, Scott Morrison. If you would like to apply for admission during the year, or be placed on a waiting list, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.