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, if a student wishes, he/she 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".
Program Delivery Method:
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.
The classes have all the attributes of in-person classes, but with added benefits. This type of class has proven to be preferable and 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.
Advantages of AGA program:
Next School Year:
Classes for the next school year start the week of September 24, 2018 and continue until May 2019.
Tuition fees for the 2018/2019 school year are: $395 for the Beginner Level, and as shown on the Registration page for other levels. (Current currency conversion: 230 British pounds; 262 Euros.)
An instalment plan is available (see the Registration page for details).
To register go to the Pre Registration page.
If you have any questions, send an Email from the Enquiries page.