Atlantic Gaelic Academy

August 28, 2007 09:00 ET

Atlantic Gaelic Academy: Starting Date New Gaelic Language School Announced

CAPE BRETON, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 28, 2007) - Angus MacLeod, President of the Atlantic Gaelic Academy (AGA), has announced that classes for the new Gaelic Academy will start September 25, 2007.

There will be regular in person classes at various Maritime locations, as well as on-line classes for those who can't attend regular classes.

"We have been pleasantly surprised with the enthusiastic response we have received since we launched the school in March" said President MacLeod. "We have already surpassed many times over the enrolment we initially expected for this, our first year, and with the busiest enrolment time still to come during the next few weeks."

The school offers a unique structured approach to learning the language as detailed on the Website at The three-year program consists of Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels with each level running from September through May of the following year. The program is designed to teach students to read, write, and speak Gaelic with 75% of class time devoted to Gaelic conversation. CDs and online sound files by fluent Gaelic speakers are available to students on a continuous basis, and students can study and speak the language together using the AGA's on line technology.

President MacLeod said, "It seems that the AGA is filling a void and providing an approach to learning Gaelic that has been needed, but not available until now. We seem to have struck a chord with people who have made comments like 'That's what's needed', 'Tremendous', 'What a great idea', 'This has been missing until now"'.

The AGA's program is available throughout North America, and the AGA has representatives across Canada and the United States. The enrolment has been substantial from areas outside the Maritimes as well.

"We are also pleased to be bringing revenue into the Maritimes and providing jobs for local Gaelic instructors and AGA staff." said MacLeod.

As to the future, he said, "We hope to become the "go to" institution for Gaelic students, because of the quality of the program and the success rate of the students".

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