Bringing Gaelic right to you

Colaisde na Gàidhlig is pleased to present Gaelic Online | Gàidhlig air Loidhne, a Scottish Gaelic language program dedicated to teaching its students to read, write, and speak the language. Its goal is to provide a fun and effective pathway to Gaelic fluency wherever you live. The program was established in 2004 and has been under the direction of Colaisde na Gàidhlig since 2018.

Back for 2023 – Level 1 for University Credit with Cape Breton University! Read about it below.

Registration for 2023-2024 is now open!

Gaelic Online:

  • Offers a course of studies where students can start with the very basics and progress through to fluency in the language.
  • Provides a way for students to build relationships and meaningful community with other learners, speakers and teachers, whenever they choose.
  • Develops, provides, and administers Gaelic learning programs that cater to different learning styles and provide real results.
  • Conducts real-time Gaelic classes in a safe and fun setting, virtually over the internet.


  • Online via Zoom – sign in from anywhere in the world, with an internet connection. The classes are taught in virtual classrooms with all students (typically 10-12) and the teacher in their own homes, connected at the same time
  • Weekly Classes – each class meets once a week for a three-hour session
  • 28 Weeks – the course runs September 4th through to mid April with a mid-term break in each semester and over the Christmas holidays.
  • Parallel Classes – there are a number of different time slots available for each level to cater to all time zones and if you must miss a class, you have the opportunity to catch another one that week to make up for it
  • Digital Materials & Recordings – you’ll receive digital copies of all print and recorded materials during the course, which are yours to keep
  • Weekly Conversation Circle – an optional opportunity to mix with other students, teachers and staff to put your growing language skills to use in a safe and fun setting
  • The Overall Program: The Gaelic Online | Gàidhlig air Loidhne program from Colaisde na Gàidhlig is designed to teach students to read, write and speak the Gaelic language. It consists of five levels, Level 1 (Beginner) to Level 5 (Advanced). The program uses materials and sound files by fluent Gaelic speakers, and each class is led by a qualified teacher. After the completion of the Level 5 level, the student can be tested, and if the tests are successfully completed the student will be awarded the Executive Certificate in Gaelic Language Studies from Colaisde na Gàidhlig. Classes are 3 hours per week and each level runs for 28 weeks between September and April.
  • Level 1: 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.
  • Level 2: 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.
  • Level 3: 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.
  • Level 4: 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.
  • Level 5: This level is suitable for people who have completed the Advanced 1 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.
  • This is a new program, offered in partnership with Cape Breton University.
  • It is offered in two, 12-week, 3 credit courses (Gaelic Online Level 1a and Level 1b) over the Fall and Winter semester, respectively.
  • This course runs in 2 sessions per week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:15 – 4:30PM, Atlantic Time.
  • Course fees: $878.40 per 3 credit course. See CBU for details
  • CBU students who have completed GAEL 1101 are eligible to complete Gaelic Online Level 1b in the winter semester.
  • Students who are not already registered with CBU should apply to CBU. Please choose “No Formal Program” for your program of study. Students wanting to transfer the course to another institution where they are currently a student should submit a Letter of Permission as well.
  • Please contact for more information.
Staff & Instructors
  • Kenneth MacKenzie, Director of Education – Mabou, Cape Breton Island
  • Fiona Smith – Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Ed MacDonell – Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Joyce MacDonald – North Sydney, Cape Breton Island
  • Cailean Dòmhnullach – Goose Cove, Cape Breton Island
  • Lewis MacKinnon – Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Richard Hill – Seattle, Washington
Tuition fees for the 2023/2024 school year are:
  • Level 1: $500
  • Level 1 for University Credit with CBU: $878.40 per 3 credit course
  • Level 2: $525
  • Level 3: $550
  • Level 4: $575
  • Level 5: $600

Upon registration, you will be invoiced securely via PayPal. To confirm your place in the course, you may pay in full or in three installments: pay 1/3 upfront, 1/3 when the course begins in September and 1/3 a month later, in October. Please contact to make other arrangements.

For more information, contact Kenneth at or (902) 623-0455.