New Program Structure for Gaelic Learning

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Sgoil Ghàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir
The Gaelic School of Baltimore

A’ Cumail Gàidhlig Beò: Preserving Gaelic Heritage

a Chàirdean,

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 believe we will use Goggle Hangouts for this but are still exploring options.

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 fourth class in the series.  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.

Conversation Sessions

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 group that has been meeting is still considering which evenings to hold the conversation sessions, but it looks like Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm, every other week.  More on this later.

To Register:

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 richard.gwynallen@gmail.com

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 sammallets@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 Rick Gwynallen at richard.gwynallen@gmail.com, and we will include you on our mailing list.

Slàinte Mhór Agaibh

Anyone for online group Gaelic classes?

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Madainn mhath a h-uile duine,

From our first sessions at Liam Flynn’s Ale House, a small, serious core of Gaelic learners has formed. However, we have met far more people who have a serious interest in Gaelic language and culture than can commit to our class nights.  Many folks on our own mailing  list are far flung, and many on our list and others that we meet elsewhere have expressed that they cannot get to the class from work on time, or it’s too far to get home, or other things that have to do with time constraints and conflicting obligations.

Last night Scott and I discussed ways of creating more opportunities for Gaelic learning, and want to pose one possibility.

If we were to start a group online session, using Skype or Google Hangouts, would you be interested in participating? The sessions would be the same as our face-to-face sessions, using the same materials, and including the song learning we have recently started.

If there is interest and we start online group sessions, we would find ways of creating opportunities for in-person interaction.  We are not fixed yet on what those would be, but they could include things like céilidhs, conversation sessions to use the Gaelic being learned, being together at Celtic festivals, and hikes.

We are trying to make a decision about this over the next week.  Please let me know if you would be interested in being part of a group online Gaelic class by writing to me at richard.gwynallen@gmail.com, or to our teacher, Scott Morrison, at sammallets@gmail.com.

Tapadah leibh.

Mar sin leat an-dràsta

~ Rick

Next Gaelic Class – 7 September

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a Chàirdean,

THE NEXT GAELIC CLASS IN BALTIMORE IS:
Wednesday, 7 September 2016
6
:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Center for Neighborhoods , 25 E. 20th Street New Site - 1

The site is just a block down from Liam Flynn’s Alehouse, 22 West North Avenue.  Usually, participants enjoy food and drink before the lessons and leave the Alehouse at 6:15 pm to walk to the class together.  Also, some take part in the Irish Traditional Music Sessions at the Alehouse after class.

The cost is $10 per class. The text we are using is Teach Yourself Complete Gaelic by Boyd Robertson and Iain Taylor.  If you do not have the text yet and want to attend, don’t worry about the book, just come!

We are also using lessons from Taic.

All are welcome.  Classes are designed for beginners, but intermediate level speakers can be integrated in as well at their own level.
 
Check the schedule below for the 2016 schedule.  Hope you will join us.

Next Gaelic Class in Baltimore – 24 August

Complete Gaelic - 1

a Chàirdean,

THE NEXT GAELIC CLASS IN BALTIMORE IS:
Wednesday, 24 August 2016
6
:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Center for Neighborhoods , 25 E. 20th Street New Site - 1

The site is just a block down from Liam Flynn’s Alehouse, 22 West North Avenue.  Usually, participants enjoy food and drink before the lessons and leave the Alehouse at 6:15 pm to walk to the class together.  Also, some take part in the Irish Traditional Music Sessions at the Alehouse after class.

The cost is $10 per class. The text we are using is Teach Yourself Complete Gaelic by Boyd Robertson and Iain Taylor.  If you do not have the text yet and want to attend, don’t worry about the book, just come!

We are also using lessons from Taic.

All are welcome.  Classes are designed for beginners, but intermediate level speakers can be integrated in as well at their own level.
 
Check the schedule below for the 2016 schedule.  Hope you will join us.

Next Gaelic Class in Baltimore THIS WEDNESDAY – 10 August

Complete Gaelic - 1Càirdean,

THE NEXT GAELIC CLASS IN BALTIMORE IS:
Wednesday, 10 August 2016
6
:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Center for Neighborhoods , 25 E. 20th Street New Site - 1

The site is just a block down from Liam Flynn’s Alehouse, 22 West North Avenue.  Usually, participants enjoy food and drink before the lessons and leave the Alehouse at 6:15 pm to walk to the class together.  Also, some take part in the music sessions at the Alehouse after class.

The cost is $10 per class. The text we are using is Teach Yourself Complete Gaelic by Boyd Robertson and Iain Taylor.  If you do not have the text yet and want to attend, don’t worry about the book, just come!

We are also using lessons from Taic.

All are welcome.  Classes are designed for beginners, but intermediate level speakers can be integrated in as well at their own level.
 
Check the schedule below for the 2016 schedule.  Hope you will join us.

Next Gaelic Class in Baltimore – This Wednesday, 27 July

Càirdean,

THE NEXT GAELIC CLASS IN BALTIMORE IS:
Wednesday, 27 July 2016
6
:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Center for Neighborhoods , 25 E. 20th Street New Site - 1

The site is just a block down from Liam Flynn’s Alehouse, 22 West North Avenue.  Usually, participants enjoy food and drink before the lessons and leave the Alehouse at 6:15 pm to walk to the class together.  Also, some take part in the music sessions at the Alehouse after class.

The cost is $10 per class. The text we are using is Teach Yourself Complete Gaelic by Boyd Robertson and Iain Taylor.  If you do not have the text yet and want to attend, don’t worry about the book, just come!

We are also using lessons from Taic.

All are welcome.  Classes are designed for beginners, but intermediate level speakers can be integrated in as well at their own level.
 
Check the schedule below for the 2016 schedule.  Hope you will join us.

Traditional Cèilidh in Baltimore – 24 July

Là math dhaibh uile!

Sgoil Ghàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir is hosting a cèilidh in a private home in Baltimore on Sunday, 24 July, starting at 5:00 pm.  Our teacher, Scott Morrison, will be our Fear an Taighe for the evening.

This is in the style of a traditional cèilidh where in a casual, intimate environment, accompanied by food and drink, everyone shares songs, stories, legends, poems, or other literary or musical offerings.

If you are interested in Gaelic culture and language, we would love for you to come.  You do not have to be a participant in our study group.  We will be practicing our Gaelic, but everyone will feel comfortable, whether you have any Gaelic or not.  Please read below for more details, and please RSVP to richard.gwynallen@gmail.com so we know how many to expect. Since this is a private home the address and directions will be given out as folks RSVP.

Highland Dance

Actual image from our last cèilidh!

Food & Drink

Our hosts will be preparing food, but everyone is welcome to bring food.  Potluck, or the old groaning board, allows us all to share, which is what the evening is about.  The food doesn’t have to be Scottish or Irish.  The only restriction for the house is that it be vegetarian and not prepared in dishes that had been used for meat. We appreciate your understanding about that.

So, for food, if you are bringing something, please let us know what you may be bringing.

Sharings

Next, everyone is encouraged to bring an offering of some kind for the cèilidh – a song, a poem, a story, a joke, pretty much anything to share.  It doesn’t have to be in Gaelic (but if it is it would be great).  It might not even be a Gaelic story.  Perhaps a family story, a folk song.

Please think about what you might offer and let us know what it is.

We’re all really looking forward to the gathering.

Chì mi sibh uile aig a’ chèilidh! (See you all at the cèilidh)