Toiseach-Tòiseachaidh, The First Step: Two-Week Beginner Immersion

May 6 – 17, 2024

Level I – Beginner

Step into an immersive Gaelic journey at Colaisde na Gàidhlig this May. Whether you’re a total beginner or seeking to enhance your introductory skills, our welcoming two-week program will launch your Gaelic learning by hearing and speaking the language every day. Engage in 28 hours of classroom instruction, explore Gaelic history on two exciting Cape Breton excursions, facilitated social activities, and enjoy two Wednesday Night Cèilidhs featuring local artists and traditional music. Your language learning journey starts here.

Interested in our intermediate/advanced level of learning? Check out An Cùrsa Bogaidh: Four-Week Immersion Course.

Start date: May 6, 2024

Lecturer: Joyce MacDonald

Deadline for application: April 5, 2024

Space is limited and we have a first come first serve policy.

This program will use the Gàidhlig Aig Baile method of instruction. The focus will be on listening, understanding and repeating, using to body language, actions, objects and pictures to aid in comprehension. By learning through activities, students will associate Gaelic words directly with actions and objects, rather than translating. The aim is to learn in a fun, relaxed environment with plenty of laughter.

Tuition fee:

  • $750: This fee includes instruction for two weeks, evening activities and lunches.


  • Students can live on or off campus.
  • On campus accommodations consists of a private room with a queen-sized bed and an ensuite bathroom. All students in the building will share a kitchenette with a fridge, microwave and kettle. Our cafeteria staff will provide breakfasts and suppers in nearby MacKenzie Hall. Live-in students can stay over on the weekend for no extra cost, although meals will not be provided on Friday evening, Saturday or Sunday.

Fee for live-in accommodations and meals:

  • $600

For more information, contact Instructor Joyce MacDonald at