A chairidean chóir,
Gàidhlig learning opportunities in our west Chesapeake country expanded a great deal this year. As our little community has grown we have learners at beginner, advanced beginner, and intermediate levels, and are adjusting our class structure to meet those needs.
Plus, we have started doing much more in conjunction with our neighbors and friends in Gàidhlig Photomac. For instance, we had a wonderful picnic cèilidh in association with Gàidhlig Photomac this past June. The relationship between our two communities is enriching the Gàidhlig learner environment here in the west Chesapeake Bay country of Maryland and northern Virginia.
All this promises an even more vibrant and meaningful Gàidhlig community life in this area in the coming year. We hope you can join us for the classes and céilidhean.
Please continue reading below for full information on our programs and schedule.
Mòran taing a h-uile duine.
NEXT online Beginner Class:
Friday, 18 May and 1 June, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm (regular every two weeks)
NEXT online Intermediate Gaelic Class:
Wednesday, 16 and 30 May, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (regular every two weeks)
NEXT Conversation Session:
Wednesday, 9 May 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm (regular every two weeks)
Sunday, 10 June, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sgoil Ghàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir
The Gaelic School of Baltimore
A’ Cumail Gàidhlig Beò: Preserving Gaelic Heritage
Online Gaelic Classes
The beginner class meets online on Friday afternoons, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm.
The intermediate learner sessions are held online on Wednesday evenings, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm every other Wednesday. Participants in these sessions have generally passed Aonad 8 in the text.
Everyone is welcome to join the beginner online language session. To join at an advanced beginner or intermediate level without having been in one of our classes, one will have a conversation with our teacher, Scott Morrison, to make sure it’s right for you.
We are now using Skype. Participation requires that students have a Skype alias and a microphone on their computer. Your Skype alias will have to be provided before your first class.
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 is $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
These are held every six weeks on a Sunday afternoon from 4 pm – 7 pm.
The céilidhean are held at a private home in Baltimore or a local pub. 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 were held at Ó Flynn´s pub in Baltimore City. O’Flynn’s has closed and we are at present identifying a new location.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 no fee for participating in these sessions.
The sessions are held Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm, every other week.
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.