Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register on a taught course?

Use the contact form to register your interest, specifying which course you are applying for and what days/times you are available for lessons. Always check the course availability and if you meet the course entry requirements.

How do I pay for a taught course?

I will send you a Paypal Invoice. Once payment is received, I will send you a course registration e-mail with further information. 

Some courses will be available for self-registration on the events-page.

Can I try a lesson for free before I decide?

No. All teaching services have to be paid for. You can try the self-study taster course Feuch e! to see if my teaching style suits you.

When do I get access to the course?

You will get access to the course immediately if it is self-study. For supported study, 1-1 and group study, you will get access about a week before the course starts.

Can I take a break from the course and come back at another time?

No. The course has to be completed within the stated time it is booked for (weeks).

Can I reschedule a lesson?

Yes, but only if you notify me 24 hours beforehand. You will have to reschedule within the same week as the course may not exceed the time (weeks) it is booked for.

What if I dropped out, can I pick up the course where I left off in the future?

No. If you drop out of a course before completion with due notification, you can not resume with the same course at another time. You will have to sign up again and start from the beginning.

 

If you drop out without any notification, you will no longer be able to join any of my taught courses.

If the course says 2 lessons per week, can I do it as 1 lesson per week?

No. The course format ad length can not be changed. Everything has to be completed within the booked time. If you cancel your second lesson during the week, it can not be rescheduled as there won't be any available time slots. Every month is booked to full capacity months in advance and teaching time any one week may not be exceeded.

Will I keep access to the online resources once the course is finished?

They may be taken off when I re-organize the website, when courses expire or are being re-structured. Make sure you download everything you can as you may no longer have access afterwards.

How do I know what course is suitable for me?

If unsure, feel free to book a 15 minute call so I can check what you need to move up a level. It is your responsibility to read the entry requirements for each course before applying and to provide truthful information on your ability and learner level in respect to each skill. Conversation level will usually be much lower than the learning level you are used to. Access to all dialogue courses will be decided based on your conversation/correct grammar use level only.

Can I pay in instalments?

No, the fee has to be paid in full to secure your place on a course, If you do not pay the invoice by the due date without any communication on the reason why, your reserved place on the course and invoice will be cancelled. You will no longer be able to sign up. Only apply for a place if you are absolutely sure you have the funds in place.

Do you have any busaries/grants/discounts?

At the present time, I do not have them available. You can however apply for funding with councils, colleges, universities or organisations who have a Gaelic Language Plan in place and support those interested in Learning Gaelic. Any news on new funding becoming available for my courses in agreement with an organisation will be posted on the website.

Can I reserve a place without paying?

No. The waiting list for students waiting to start taught courses is too long to reserve spaces. As soon as the invoice is sent out, your place will be booked until payment is received in line with payment terms. If not paid by the due date, your place will be given to someone else.

Can I put my name on a waiting list?

Occasionally I will open a waiting list for a course or an event but normally registration for taught courses will only be possible once registration opens for a specific month/course.

Do you offer anything else / conversation outside the listed courses?

No. With thousands of Gaelic learners looking for conversation opportunities, I do not have the capacity to offer more than I already do. All my courses are structured as they have proven to deliver the exact results you are looking for.

Can I arrange a lesson in the evening or weekend?

No. I do not provide 1-1 lessons outside teaching hours as I help my husband with work on the croft in the evening and run Gaelic weekend events as well. My teaching hours are:

Monday - Thursday 8am - 5pm

Friday 8am - 1.30pm

There may be 1 or 2 group courses running in the evening (Monday to Thursday), depending on my availability.

I just want to speak Gaelic. Do I have to do a course, lesson preparation and homework?

Yes. I only run structured courses as the give the exact results you are looking for. Tasks completion is a pre-condition to access each lesson. I will check you have completed the tasks (most have to be submitted 48 hours before each lesson to allow myself time to correct it and send you feedback. Late submissions won't be reviewed and the cancelled session will be deducted from the total amount of lessons booked.

I just want to speak Gaelic but don't want to work on pronunciation/dialect/how it sounds.

Speaking Gaelic and keeping the language alive is a big responsibility. Out of respect for the language and the diverse  dialects of the Gaelic Communities, you are expected to make the effort to learn to speak Gaelic correctly in my lessons (Uist/Skye Gaelic only used).

I need help with a course run by another course provider, can I book some lessons?

I don't provide support for courses run by other course providers. You can however sign up to one of my courses at the appropriate level, which in turn will help you get higher grades on the other course.

Can I get help preparing for my Gaelic College/University exams?

You can sign up for one of my courses at appropriate level, which in turn will help you get better grades on the other course. I'm teaching students who are similtaneously studying at SMO, Glasgow / Edinburgh / Aberdeen University and AGA (Atlantic Gaelic Academy).

Can you teach me any dialect?

No. My Gaelic is based on Skye/Uist Gaelic. It is your choice which dialect you want to acquire eventually but whilst doing my courses, you will have to use my dialect. I will make cross-references where I can, so you understand the difference.

What happens if someone in the group is holding everyone back by not doing preparation work or tries to dominate the lesson by attempting to work outside the syllabus scope or learner level all the time.

All students have to submit their preparation work in order to access the lesson. Everyone is being reminded to work at the set learning level and not beyond. Only what is in the course syllabus is allowed. Any questions relating to other levels of learning will be dealed with in other courses.

Does everyone get equal chance to speak during a lesson? Do I have to speak?

Yes, I plan every lesson carefully and make sure everyone gets an equal amount of uninterrupted time to speak Gaelic. The lessons are not lectures where you can sit back and listen. Everyone is expected to equally participate and interact when required.

What if another students tries to contact me privately?

It is upto students to decide if they want to meet outside the lessons and I do not take responsibility for that nor will I distribute student's details at any point (in line with GDPR). You can either accept or politely decline. Should the other person persist in sending you messages or pressure you to connect, you can report it to the police who will give you further guidance.

Could you share my promotion/request with everyone on your database?

No. Under my Company Privacy (GDPR) Policy, I do not allow the use of my database for promotions or other purposes by external parties.

Can you translate something for me?

No. My business does not provide translation services. You can contact a certified translator. e.g. Akerbeltz (Michael Bauer).

Can I pick your brain about something? It won't take long.

No. All my business services and work time have to be paid for. I had over 5945 requests to-date with so-called 'small' requests, each taking up at least 15-30 minutes of my time (5945x15 = about unpaid 38 full-time working weeks). I do need to pay my bills at the end of the month as a priority.

Could you help me with a project?

If the project is mutually beneficial and isn't a conflict of interest with the running of my own business, I will review the offer of a collaboration. As my business works at full capacity, there may not be enough time available to take on projects from third parties.

Are you hiring anyone?

At the moment, I don't have the capacity to hire anyone. I do sub-contract projects where I can and give work referrals where possible.

From 2022 (and depending on COVID rules), I look to hire an intern for a few weeks with the primary focus of learning to run a business, not to speak / learn Gaelic while working for me.

Can I visit you on the island?

I can meet up for coffee/lunch/dinner with previous and current students in North Uist  by prior appointment only (at the least 4 week's notice and depending on availability). It is not possible to meet up 1-1 with other learners at this point.