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.

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 2. All students may start the program at the Beginner level, and no prior knowledge of Gaelic is required. Students can also enroll at higher levels, but to do so they should have already covered, through course work or by other means, most of the subjects covered in the previous AGA levels. Each level of the course runs from September through May of the following year. There is one class per week, and each class is three (3) hours long. There are scheduled weeks off for the Christmas season and March break. The AGA uses its own unique program and method of instruction that was developed and perfected over the years in a regular on-going class environment, and it has proven to be highly successful. It makes it much easier and quicker to learn a new language. There is an emphasis on conversation, including unique verbal training sessions, and an average of approximately 75% of class time is spent speaking Gaelic, with sufficient time also spent learning proper sentence construction and vocabulary. 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.
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 May 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.
The AGA has developed a unique system to deliver classes and course materials online over the Internet, making the learning of Gaelic available throughout the world. The classes are taught in virtual classrooms with all the class 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, there are less external distractions, and students are in a more relaxed environment, which is more conducive to learning a language.
  • The AGA is one of the largest Gaelic schools in the world.
  • The AGA’s advisors and instructors are drawn from both Scotland and North America to ensure an international, varied and up-to-date approach.
  • The program provides one of the quickest and best proven methods available to learn to read, write and speak proper Gaelic.
  • The program uses a structured approach where continuous progress is being made towards the ultimate goal of being fluent in Gaelic.
  • Students can study and speak as much Gaelic as they wish during the week with other students, by using the AGA’s no cost Internet phone system,
  • The AGA provides Gaelic sound files by fluent Gaelic speakers for each lesson, a standardized Gaelic word pronunciation guide with a sound file for each word, and other tools, so students can have access to the proper pronunciation of Gaelic words on a continuous basis.
  • A special memory retention system is provided to make remembering things easier.
  • The AGA provides a Gaelic forum/message board and chat system for students, which greatly assists them in developing Gaelic reading and writing skills.
  • The AGA conducts summer programs for its students to enable them to keep up their Gaelic during the summer months, and further develop their conversational skills.
  • If students miss a class they can make it up by attending another class during the week.
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 level: $395
  • Intermediate 1: $425
  • Intermediate 2: $460
  • Advanced 1: $490
  • Advanced 2: $515
An installment plan is available (Contact info@gaelicacademy.ca for details). Please inquire for details on the Advanced Plus program.
To register, go to the Pre-Registration page.
For more information, contact Joyce at (902) 295-3411, or info@gaelicacademy.ca