Bringing Gaelic right to you

The Atlantic Gaelic Academy (AGA) is a Scottish Gaelic language school, dedicated to teaching its students to read, write, and speak the Gaelic language. Its goal is to increase the number of Gaelic speakers by making Gaelic courses and education available to learners wherever they live.

The AGA was acquired by and now under the direction of Colaisde na Gàidhlig / The Gaelic College since 2018.

The AGA:

  • Develops, provides, and administers Gaelic learning programs.
  • Conducts Gaelic classes in virtual classrooms over the internet.
  • Offers a course of studies where students can progress from the Beginner level to fluency in the language.
  • Provides a way for students to speak with other Gaelic speakers, whenever they choose, in order to accelerate their speaking abilities in the language.

Classes for the next school year start the week of September 16, 2019 and continue until April 13, 2020.

The classes are taught in virtual classrooms with all students (usually 10-12) and the teacher in their own homes, and everyone connected at the same time into a virtual classroom. This type of class has proven to be highly effective in teaching a language as it tunes the ear to hear and understand the language better, and students are in a more relaxed environment.

The classes use Skype’s voice over internet protocol for group calls. Students will need to download this free program to participate. They will also need a quality headset with a built-in microphone.

You’ll be able to access AGA classes from anywhere in the world, as long as there’s an internet connection.

Each class meets once a week for a three-hour session. There are a number of different time slots available for each level.

You’ll receive digital copies of all course materials during the course.
Standard Program:
The AGA standard program and curriculum is designed to teach students to read, write and speak the Gaelic language. It consists of five levels, Beginner, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, Advanced 1 and Advanced

The AGA program uses materials and sound files by fluent Gaelic speakers, and each class is led by a qualified teacher. After the completion of the Advanced 2 level, the student can be tested, and if the tests are successfully completed the student will be awarded the standard program diploma in Gaelic Language Studies.

Each level runs for 28 weeks between September and April.

Beginner:
This level is suitable for people with no previous Gaelic learning experience, or with very basic Gaelic skills. During this course, students will be introduced to the sounds and rhythm of the Scottish Gaelic language. They will study the present, past, future and conditional use of the verb to be. They’ll learn greetings and introductions, how to form simple sentences and questions, and they’ll begin to speak, read and write.

Intermediate 1:
This level is suitable for people who have completed the beginner course, or an equivalent beginner program elsewhere. In this course, students will work on forming more complicated sentences and questions, the past and future tenses of regular and irregular verbs, giving commands, and talking about things they may, must or prefer to do. Students will be able to handle a variety of uncomplicated tasks in straightforward social situations successfully.

Intermediate 2:
This level is suitable for people who have completed the Intermediate 1 course, or an equivalent program elsewhere. At this level, students will work on the conditional tense of regular and irregular verbs, expressing intention and expectation, and will practice informal conversation.

Advanced 1:
This level is suitable for people who have completed the Intermediate 2 course, or an equivalent program elsewhere. In this course, students will learn about the declension of adjectives, using similes, making comparisons, and making transcriptions from audio recordings. By the end of the course, students should be able to speak with ease and confidence when dealing with most routine tasks and social situations.

Advanced 2:
This level is suitable for people who have completed the Intermediate 2 course, or an equivalent program elsewhere. At this level, students will learn about passive verb forms and will focus on listening skills, natural conversation, working with stories and simple creative writing.


Advanced Plus Program:
The AGA also offers a program at a higher level, after the completion of the standard program. There are two levels, Advanced Plus 1 and Advanced Plus 2. The program will be of interest to students who want to further their Gaelic conversation skills and knowledge of the language at a high level. The program is available to students who have completed the AGA Advanced 2 level in the standard program, or equivalent. The classes are three hours long, and once a week between September and April of the following year. The program concentrates on conversation; and on the reading, translation, discussion, and study of Gaelic stories and literature. The stories also have sound files by a native Gaelic speaker. The program also includes the study of advanced Gaelic constructions and idioms. After the completion of the Advanced Plus 2 level, if a student wishes, he/she can be tested, and if the tests are successfully completed the student will be awarded the Advanced Plus program diploma in Gaelic Language Studies.
Staff
  • Joyce MacDonald
Instructors
  • Angus MacLeod
  • Davine Sutherland
  • Steven Ritchie
  • Archie Campbell
  • Fiona Smith
  • Geoffrey Sammons
Curriculum Advisors
  • Margie Beaton – Mabou, Nova Scotia (From Eriskay, Scotland)
  • Angus MacLeod – Goose Cove, Cape Breton (From Cape Breton)
  • Donald John Morrison – Harris, Scotland (From Harris, Scotland)
  • Catriona Parsons – Antigonish, Nova Scotia (From Lewis, Scotland)
  • Bob Leonard – Fredericton, New Brunswick (from Cape Breton)
  • Murdina Stewart – Skye, Scotland (From Skye, Scotland)
  • Davine Sutherland – Easter Ross, Scotland (From Easter Ross, Scotland)
Tuition fees for the 2019/2020 school year are:
  • Beginner: $425
  • Intermediate 1: $450
  • Intermediate 2: $475
  • Advanced 1: $500
  • Advanced 2: $525
  • Advanced Plus: $550
An installment plan is available (Contact info@gaelicacademy.ca for details). Please inquire for details on the Advanced Plus program.
For more information, contact Joyce at (902) 295-3411, or info@gaelicacademy.ca