Class Schedule

May 2019
Gaelic tent at Southern Maryland Centic Festival - 1

A chairidean chóir,

From its start in autumn 2013 with a group of four meeting at Liam Flynn’s Alehouse on North Avenue in Baltimore City Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhòir grew to include Gàidhlig learners from Harford County to the Washington, D. C. suburbs.  

The first year of Sgoil Gàidhlig’s new curriculum is drawing to an end, and we are already getting inquiries for the 2019 – 2020 academic year.  The next year of classes will begin in September 2019, but we are not yet ready to release a schedule for the academic year. However, if you are interested in studying Gàidhlig with Sgoil Gàidhlig, write to us and get your name on the waiting list of learners who will be the first new students contacted for placement in 2019 – 2020 classes.

 Please read more about our classes below.

Our curriculum

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 combined with our every six-weeks cèilidh schedule and every-other-week in-person conversation sessions.  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.  The Gaelic School 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 one and one-half hours, using Skype. You must provide your Skype alias when registering. The lessons are in a cyclical format consisting of eight ‘cycles’ of three lessons each of which introduce, practice, and review the same bits of information across all three classes.  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.

Each syllabus 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, Atlantic Gaelic Academy teaching materials, and other educational Gaelic odds and ends that Mr. Morrison has used over the years.

Our Approach: Developing Gaelic thinkers and speakers

Many different 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 fluency and literacy.  While designed to foster conversational ability faster than we have achieved in the last five years and increase the likelihood that students will achieve confidence in conversational Gaelic, the new curriculum retains a core belief that understanding the grammar and the philosophy behind the language embedded in the grammar produces a deeper understanding of the nuances and mindset of the language when conversational ability is achieved.  Each unit incorporates reading comprehension by using texts that are both of a conversational and, as the modules progress, a literary nature. The program overall will strive to strengthen the student’s understanding of meanings behind the grammar and vocabulary.

In all units we are striving to surface for the students the flavor, the 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 is $45 per three-class cycle, due prior to starting the class cycle.  To register and for further information about class logistics and tuition payment, write to Richard Gwynallen at richard.gwynallen@gmail.com.  Please include your name, physical address, email address, telephone number(s), Skype alias, and some information as to how you became interested in learning Gaelic, including prior study, if appropriate.

For information on the curriculum and questions as to which learning group is appropriate for you, write to Scott MacIlleMhoire (Morrison) at sammallets@gmail.com.

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 join us. 

Tuition is $45 per three-class cycle, due prior to starting the class cycle.  To register and for further information class logistics and tuition payment, write to Richard Gwynallen at richard.gwynallen@gmail.com.  Please include your name, physical address, email address, telephone number(s), Skype alias, and some information as to how you became interested in learning Gaelic, including prior study, if appropriate.

For information on the curriculum and questions as to which learning group is appropriate for you, write to Scott MacIlleMhoire (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.

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

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