This fall, we will once again offer Cùrsaichean air Astar, a pair of interactive, online language learning courses. With members of our staff/instructors Joyce MacDonald, Colin MacDonald, and Connall MacKinnon, these two Scottish Gaelic classes are aimed at intermediate learners and designed to be interactive, lighthearted and fun, all from the comfort and safety of home.

Starting September 14 and 17 and running for 10 weeks, we will offer students options in Gaelic conversation and transcription. Students can register for one or both options.

All courses will use the online meeting application Zoom. To join a meeting or find out more, click here.


Mondays | 10 weeks | 2 hours | 1pm-3pm (Atlantic Time) | Starts Sept 14
An opportunity for intermediate learners to improve their conversational skills in Scottish Gaelic. Each session will be led by two experienced instructors and students will be presented with questions, situations, pictures and other materials to stimulate conversation. Instructors will provide guidance and facilitate conversation. Students will break into smaller groups at times to be given more opportunity to practice conversation. 
Thursdays | 10 weeks | 2 hours | 1pm-3pm (Atlantic Time) | Starts Sept 17
An introduction to transcription for intermediate learners. We will use archival recordings of Nova Scotian Gaelic speakers to get students listening intently to the nuances of inflection, pronunciation and sentence construction. This course provides an opportunity for students to practice their writing skills, train their ears, and to learn stories from the Scottish Gaelic oral tradition.
  • 1 course: $215
  • 2 courses: $400
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