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How to Use This Information

There are many paths to proficiency in Scottish Gaelic. The path that works best for you may be entirely different from what works for others. Most Gaelic learners in North America started by buying a book (or better, a book with tapes; see our Learning Materials page) and trying to figure things out on their own. A few rare souls have even achieved a fair degree of proficiency this way, but most of us eventually conclude that we need help in the form of classes, courses, or private lessons. This page provides you with information about a variety of such resources that you might consider.

Most learners would be well advised to exhaust their local resources first. There’s nothing quite as good as face-to-face instruction and practice, and if you’re lucky enough to live where such opportunities exist, you should consider them. See our local listings for the United States and for Canada.

If you don’t find local classes, or you’re ready to venture beyond them, there are several additional sorts of educational opportunities available to you. These include private long-distance instruction, long-distance courses (on-line or correspondence), on-line study groups, and short and summer courses. Depending on your learning style, geographic location, budget, and interests, one or more of these might be a good choice for you. And, of course, if you become really serious, you might consider a full-time college program in Gaelic or in Celtic Studies.

Please email any updates, corrections, or additions to Janice Chan.

Local Classes, Study Groups, etc. (United States)

Arizona

California

  • Sacramento area: Classes: Donnie Macdonald of Men of Worth, a native speaker from Lewis, conducts a class once each month in Citrus Heights from his home (8034 Avalos Way, Citrus Heights, CA 95610). Contact him by email for details, or phone him at 916-723-6320 (home) or 916-214-4776 (mobile).

Colorado

  • Boulder: Study Group: Sue Hendrix conducts the Boulder Study Group in her home every Monday evening at 7:00 PM. This group is very beginner-friendly and usually alternates between beginner material and material for more advanced students, though all are welcome at all sessions.
  • Denver: Study Group: Advanced learners meet once a month at Stella’s Coffeehouse in South Denver to practice their Gaelic conversation skills and read Gaelic literature. Dates and times vary, though the most common time is 9:30-11:30 AM on the third Saturday of each month. Contact Reese McKay for more information.
  • San Luis Valley: Lessons: Caroline Root is not currently teaching in person, however, she is available to teach lessons in the San Luis Valley, Colorado, and workshops more widely in southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. She also teaches lessons on the phone and online. These lessons can be either with the student’s choice of learning material or with lessons developed by Caroline. She is also happy to support study groups by phone or online. Web site: http://www.gaidhliggachlatha.com

Connecticut

  • Hartford area: Lessons: Thomas Leigh is currently teaching private and semi-private lessons for beginners at his home in South Windsor as well as over Skype for distance learners, under the auspices of the Callanish School of Celtic Arts Maggie Carchrie, the director of the Callanish School, offers lessons in Gaelic song. For further information contact Maggie at 860-748-7549.

Florida

  • Treasure Coast Scots-Gaelic Study Group: Held 1st and 3rd Saturday @ 6:00 pm. R.S.V.P. Dawn Coker, 561-502-4980. Contact S. Ryan

Illinois

  • Springfield: Study Group: Bill McClain conducts a study group that meets the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 1–4 PM in the Bicentennial Room (3rd floor) of the Lincoln Library in Springfield. Contact Bill by email or at 217-854-7918. Also, check out their Facebook Group.

Maryland

  • The Baltimore Gaelic Study Group: Contact is Rick Gwynallen. See The Baltimore Study Group for details, or call 301-928-9026. A Scottish Gaelic Learning Community holding classes online and in person, as well as events including cèilidhs and immersion weekends.

Missouri

  • St. Louis, Missouri Scottish Gaelic Learning Group: This is an online group of those in the Bi-State area who would like to learn more about Scottish Gaelic and have to opportunity to interact with other speakers. Currently, a virtual meet-up group, as membership grows we’d like to expand the group’s opportunities to meet to include video chat meetings and in-person get-togethers/study opportunities. https://www.facebook.com/groups/STLMOScottishGaelic/

New York

  • The New York Caledonian Club holds semester-driven Gaelic classes. Follow this link for more information.

North Carolina

  • Guilford Gaelic Learners: An Phillips leads a study group that meets Tuesday afternoons, 2:00-4:00 PM, at her home in the Triangle/Raleigh area. They use the Progressive Gaelic books and workbook by Moray Watson. Except for purchasing these, the study group is free.

Oklahoma

  • This Study Group Meets every Monday from 7:00 pm – 8:55 pm in Midwest City (a suburb of Oklahoma City) at the Midwest City Public Library, 8143 East Reno Avenue, Midwest City, OK. The first 30 – 40 minutes are devoted to beginners with the advanced students meeting from that time until 8:55. Additional study time on Saturdays from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm happens at the instructor’s house. Materials used include Hugo, Scottish Gaelic in Three Months, and the Speaking Our Language audio and videotapes. There is no charge for the sessions, but students are expected to furnish supplies. Contact Barry Acker / 405–793–0974.

Pennsylvania

  • About This Study Group: We meet Tuesday mornings in Cranberry Township (a suburb of Pittsburgh) from 10 am until noon. We continue to use ‘Speaking Our Language’ and ‘Can Seo’ with extras supplied by MacKinnon, MacLaren, and Hugo’s texts. Contact Harry Webb / 724–776–4382.

Texas

  • Classes Taught via Skype by David Gressett. Two study groups, one at 10: 00 am Central time, Saturday mornings, and another at 6:30 pm Central on Wednesday nights. These are free for ACGA members. Contact David at jdgressett@hotmail.com for more information.
  • In This Study Group, we use material drawn from Speaking Our Language, Bun Chursa Gaidhlig, Everyday Gaelic, and Teach Yourself Gaelic as well as lots of children’s books. We play games, role play, sing songs, and take side trips down whatever interesting paths beckon of an evening.
    Location: 7117 Misty Meadow Dr. S, Fort Worth, TX 76133
    Contact: Jonquele Jones / 817–294–5901 (H) / 817–935–4972 (W)

Utah

  • Utah Gaelic Club: Join us for conversation circles and Gaelic arts in the state of Utah, even if you only have a word or two (facal no dhà)! Events are listed on our Facebook page Utah Gaelic Club or James Magruder

Virginia

  • Classes Taught By Michael Mackay. Local in-person and via Skype. Location: 3860 Dumfries Road, Catlett, VA 20119. Contact: Michael Mackay
  • The Scottish Society of Tidewaterhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/563406720339592/ teaches weekly Gaelic lessons, first, second, and third year, every Thursday night. First and second-year meet at 7:00 pm and third year at 8:00 pm. Classes are held at Haygood Methodist Church in Virginia Beach, VA, and are free with the exception of $30 in materials. Interested learners can find more at

Washington, DC – Northern Virginia – Maryland

  • Gàidhlig Photomac (Potomac Gaelic Society): A regional Scottish Gaelic Learning Community that holds workshops and social events that encourage the use and growth of Gaelic language skills. Events are listed on Meetup.com and our Facebook page.
    Community organizers: Liam Ó Caiside (Bill Cassidy) and Cathleen Ransom MacKay.
    Contact: Gàidhlig Photomac on Meetup.com; or Liam

Washington State

  • Seattle: Classes and Other Events: Welcome to our new season of Zero to Gaelic!
    • SnG Z2G sessions this 2020-21 season will be held via video Zoom in 4 levels on the following days & times — a total of fourteen 1.5 hr sessions.
    • A Zoom link will be sent to participants, prior to the session. We do recommend using video for the Zoom sessions. If you connect only via phone link, rather than video Zoom, some content may not be visible.
    • Ceum Suas (Step Up) is for those who have completed Levels 1-3 or feel fairly comfortable with Gàidhlig. Ceum Suas content varies: readings, discussions & review.
    • An EventBrite link for registration will be posted in the next week. Options for a full or half-season pass will be available.
      More details: https://www.slighe.org/gaelic-classes

Classes, Study Groups (Canada)

Ontario

Québec


Private Long-Distance Instruction

John Stewart Priest

John teaches private lessons and classes in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland or online via Skype, telephone, email, text chat, or voice chat.

To contact John see Language_School_Teachers.com

Muriel Fisher

Muriel Fisher of the Tucson Gaelic Institute teaches via the internet. She uses teaching materials that she has developed herself. Lessons are done at the student’s own pace, using email for written assignments and Skype and iChat for lessons.

Beathag Mhoireasdan

“When I think of the richness of the Gaidhlig language and its music and culture, I feel so lucky. That is why I have always endeavoured to share it with other people. I do that through various media i.e. language tuition, singing, or my particular favourite – drama – which, of course, is a development of the storytelling genre of old.”

mail@beathag.com
http://www.beathag.co.uk
23 Thornwood Drive, Glasgow G11 7TS
tel/fax 0141 576 0456

Caroline Root

Caroline has been teaching Gaelic for 7 years. She has a B.A.(Hon.) in Celtic Studies from St. Francis Xavier University and a teaching degree in Gaelic Medium Education from the University of Strathclyde. She also completed a course in Gaelic language and traditional music on Uist.

She offers online classes, private lessons, and e-mail courses. See her website for more info: http://www.gaidhliggachlatha.com/

“My goal for students is that they enjoy learning Gaelic and develop confidence in communicating in Gaelic.”


Online Self-Study Sites

Beag air Bheag

For Absolute Beginners check out http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/alba/foghlam/beag_air_bheag/ which means ‘little by little’, and that is just how the five sections of the site aim to introduce you to the language.


Online Study Groups

More information coming soon!


Long-Distance Courses

Atlantic Gaelic Academy

Atlantic Gaelic Academy offers online group classes at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.

Gaelic College of Celtic Arts & Crafts

Beul an Tobair: Two distance courses for beginners and intermediate learners. http://www.gaeliccollege.edu

Sabhal Mor Ostaig

An Cursa Inntrigidh: Distance courses for complete beginners. http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/en/cursaichean/inntrigidh/index.php


Short Courses & Summer Courses

Atlantic Gaelic Academy

Atlantic Gaelic Academy offers online group classes at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.

Gaelic College of Celtic Arts & Crafts

Beul an Tobair: Two distance courses for beginners and intermediate learners. http://www.gaeliccollege.edu

Sabhal Mor Ostaig

An Cursa Inntrigidh: Distance courses for complete beginners. http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/en/cursaichean/inntrigidh/index.php