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Exploring Skye with Gaelic hosted by Muriel Fisher

START: 23 June 2014
END: 27 June 2014
COST: £225

This unique course combines informal language learning and discovering the real Isle of Skye.  Muriel Fisher was brought up in Skye and as well as teaching at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, she has also been teaching Gaelic in the Tucson Gaelic Institute, the University of Arizona and around the world for over 20 years. During that time, over 1000 students have come to appreciate and love her mother tongue.  Muriel was brought up with Gaelic as her first language,  with strong island connections to Harris and Skye and therefore you will learn authentic Gaelic from Muriel as is still spoken in the islands to this day.  Her fun and light-hearted approach to teaching makes learning Gaelic an enjoyable and natural experience.

This course is ideal for students who have little or no Gaelic.  The course will be partly College based, and the rest of the time will be spent exploring Skye and its natural and historical features.  In the tutorials, students will receive a pronunciation workshop, learn basic and useful social phrases, and will cover some simple grammar and language skills.  Outwith the classroom, the students will put into practice what they have learnt and build on their knowledge of the Gaelic language each day.  As the students discover Skye’s natural beauty, they will learn the Gaelic and Norse meanings of the Island’s place-names, as well as any stories which might be connected to that area.

This course is aimed at complete beginners of Gaelic and will run alongside Alasdair Fraser’s Fiddle and Natalie Haas’ Cello courses, which means there will be plenty of traditional music and craic to be had in the evenings at the College.

Here are some comments from the same course in 2012:

“Class was very intimate, interactive, interesting and FUN!”
“The trips around the island were enjoyable, informative and a good way of learning”
“Excellent – a lot of fun with learning and some great cultural and historic information”
“This was a wonderful experience! Muriel made learning fun and it was nice to interact with Gaelic speakers we encountered at restaurants and other places on our trips”

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