Goraidh - A Gaelic Language Tutor

Gaelic is not the enemy, impatience is.

Tutor Geoffrey's 25+ Years of Gaelic

25+ Years of Gaelic

Back in 1993, after graduating with a degree in Geography from Western Washington University, I relocated to Tucson, Arizona. Not knowing anyone there, I thought taking a class might be a way to meet people. I browsed the continuing education offerings from Pima Community College and found Muriel Fisher's Gaelic class. It must have stuck because now I'm teaching my own Gaelic classes! I am proud to have received the Alexander MacRae award for contribution to Gaelic by the Board of Directors of Slighe nan Gaidheal in 2013.
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Geoffrey teaching at Bellevue College

The following is a mostly complete list of the things I've done since 1993 (updated 12/12/2018)
2018 Taught Gaelic Working Songs workshop with Fae Wiedenhoeft for Maritime Folknet
2018 Bellevue College - Ancient Monuments (10/24/18)
2018 Bellevue College - The Celts (10/10/18)
2018 Completed ‘Vikings: Raiders, Traders, and Settlers’ online class from University of Oxford
2018 Presenting for the Atlantic Gaelic Academy - Beginners Level
2018 Attended 4th Gaelic Immersion Week in Victoria, B.C.
2018 Completed ‘Who are the Celts’ online class from University of Oxford
2018 SnG Presented at April GID
2018 Bellevue College - The Celts (03/10/18)
2018 SnG Presented at March GID
2018 Bellevue College - Presented Ireland Beyond the Usual Workshop
2018 SnG Presented at February GID
2018 SnG Presented at January Language Enrichment Day
2017 SnG Presented at December GID
2017 SnG Performed with Seirm at the Royal National Mòd in Fort William
2017 Bellevue College - Presented Scotland Beyond the Usual Workshop
2017 SnG Presented at September GID
2017 Presented Ancient Monuments at the PNW Highland Games
2017 Attended 3rd Gaelic Immersion Week in Victoria, B.C.
2017 Bellevue College - Workshops: Ireland Beyond the Usual, Scotland Beyond the Usual (Spring)
2017 Sabhal Mòr Ostaig - Completed An Cùrsa Adhartais
2017 Bellevue College - Gaelic Language and Culture class (Spring)
2017 Sabhal Mòr Ostaig - An Cùrsa Adhartais (Modal 7 1/30-5/5)
2017 Bellevue College - Gaelic Language and Culture class (Winter)
2017 SnG Presented at Language Enrichment Day (LED)
2016 SnG Presented Level 3 at December GID
2016 Completed “Irish Lives in War and Revolution” from FutureLearn.com
2016 SnG Presented Level 3 at November GID
2016 Bellevue College - Workshops: Ireland Beyond the Usual, Scotland Beyond the Usual
2016 Bellevue College - Introductory Gaelic class (Fall)
2016 Bellevue College - Gaelic Language and Culture class (expanded) (Fall)
2016 SnG Presented Level 3 at October GID
2016 Started rehearsals with Seirm for 2017 Mòd season.
2016 Sabhal Mòr Ostaig - An Cùrsa Adhartais (Modal 6 11/7/16-1/27/17)
2016 Sabhal Mòr Ostaig - An Cùrsa Adhartais (Modal 5 8/29-11/4)
2016 Presented at the PNW Highland Games on Ancient Monuments of Scotland and Ireland
2016 Traveled to Scotland - 1 week touring, 1 week short course at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig with Muriel Fisher.
2016 Attended 2nd Gaelic Immersion Week in Victoria, B.C.
2016 Presented “Gaelic Language and Culture” at Bellevue College Continuing Education (Spring)
2016 SnG Presented at April GID
2016 SnG Presented at March GID
2016 Attended Total Immersion Plus tutor training in Baddeck, Nova Scotia.
2016 Sabhal Mòr Ostaig - An Cùrsa Adhartais (Modal 4 2/29-4/29)
2016 SnG Presented at February GID
2016 Sabhal Mòr Ostaig - An Cùrsa Adhartais (Modal 3 1/4-2/26)
2016 SnG Presented at January Language Enrichment Day (LED)
2015 SnG Presented at December GID
2015 SnG Presented at November GID
2015 Sabhal Mòr Ostaig - An Cùrsa Adhartais (Modal 2 10/26-12/18)
2015 SnG Presented at October Gaelic Intensive Day (GID)
2015 Sabhal Mòr Ostaig - Started attending An Cùrsa Adhartais (Modal 1 9/17-10/23)
2015 Conducted September workshop. Fall classes and tutoring resume.
2015 Presented a talk at the Seattle Scottish Highland Games comparing Irish and Scottish Gaelic (with Leslie Walt of the Boise Gaelic Society).
2015 Offered first Beginners Summer class.
2015 Attended first ‘Gàidhlig aig Baile’ Immersion week in Victoria, B.C.
2015 Slighe nan Gaidheal (SnG) - Presented at April GID.
2015 Started Intermediate Wednesday Class at home (Spring Quarter).
2015 SnG Presented at March GID.
2015 SnG Attended first GID in Portland, OR, presented using Language Hunters method.
2015 SnG Presented at February GID.
2015 BC Scottish Gaelic 1 class (January) (Winter Quarter).
2014 SnG Presented at December GID.
2014 SnG Presented at November GID.
2014 SnG Presented at October GID.
2014 Introductory class at Bellevue College (Fall Quarter)
2014 Féis Seattle participant (June)
2014 Hosted/Presented “Is” Verb workshop at my home (May)
2014 Advanced Gaelic class at Bellevue College (Spring)
2014 SnG Presented at April GID.
2014 SnG Presented at March GID.
2014 SnG Presented at February GID.
2014 Intermediate Gaelic class at Bellevue College (Winter)
2013 SnG Attended December GID with Donnie “Large” Macdonald
2013 SnG Presented at November GID.
2013 SnG Received the Alexander MacRae award for contribution to Gaelic
2013 SnG Presented at October GID (Muriel Fisher presented).
2013 Introductory class at Bellevue College (Fall)
2013 Hosted an all day Gaelic workshop at my home, with Seumas Gagne
2013 SnG New Seirm season begins (participant)
2013 SnG Presented at March and May Zero to Gaelic GIDs
2013 Intermediate Gaelic class at Bellevue College (Winter)
2012 Introductory Gaelic class at Bellevue College (Fall)
2012 SnG Féis Seattle participant
2012 SnG Performed with Seirm at the Seirm Spring Concert, Folklife Festival, Skagit Highland Games, Celtic Fling
2012 SnG Presented at January, March, May, September, and November Zero to Gaelic GIDs
2011 Taught Gaelic at the Boise Gaelic Weekend
2011 SnG Re-elected to Board of Directors (three year term)
2011 SnG Started participating in Seirm (2011-2012 season)
2011 SnG Presented at January, March, September and November Zero to Gaelic GIDs
2010 SnG selected as Gaelic Education Officer (2010-2014)
2010 SnG Féis Shiàtail videographer
2010 SnG Presented at January, March, September and November Zero to Gaelic GIDs
2009 Started offering Gaelic classes at Pierce College (2009-2012)
2009 Attended Irish Class (2009-2011)
2009 SnG Presented at January and September Zero to Gaelic GIDs
2008 Started offering Gaelic classes at Bellevue College (2008-)
2008 SnG Re-elected to Board of Directors (three year term)
2008 SnG Joined Gaelic Education Committee (2008-2014)
2008 SnG Féis Shiàtail participant, served on committee as Fundraising Manager
2008 SnG Presented at Feb., November, and December Zero to Gaelic GIDs
2007 Played Shinty with the Washington Camanachd Club (2007-2009)
2007 SnG Received a lovely Certificate of Appreciation for being a major donor at the 10th AGM!
2007 served on the SnG 10th AGM Committee
2007 Dialect and translation work on movie, Eiridh.
2007 SnG Presented at Feb., April, and June Zero to Gaelic GIDs
2006 SnG Treasurer (2006-2010)
2006 SnG elected to Board of Directors (two year term)
2006 Continued to produce Muriel's materials at PCM Business Solutions, Inc.
2006 --Relocated from Arizona to Washington State--
2006 SnG Féis Shiàtail participant, served on committee as Bùth Manager
2005 ACGA Immersion Weekend in Ohio
2005 Tent at Flagstaff Highland Games (?)
2005 Tent at Arizona (Phoenix/Mesa) Highland Games
2004 Tent at Tucson Highland Games
2004 Tent at Flagstaff Highland Games
2004 Tent at Arizona (Phoenix/Mesa) Highland Games (?)
2004 SnG Féis Shiàtail participant
2004 Formed Each-Mara Designs, LLC to produce and distribute Muriel's materials, etc.
2003 Tent at Tucson Highland Games
2003 SMO An Cùrsa Inntrigidh (2003-2005)
2003 SnG Summer Gaelic Camp
2003 Muriel offers Beginning class in Seattle for Slighe nan Gaidheal (SnG) (4/5/2003)
2002 ACGA Immersion Weekend in Richmond, VA
2001 SMO 5 weeks of short courses
2000 UA CRL 397A (Advanced Scottish Gaelic) (Fall)
2000 UA CRL 302 (Advanced Scottish Gaelic) (Spring)
1999 Start assisting Muriel with production of her language materials
1999 UA CRL 301 (Advanced Scottish Gaelic) (Fall)
1998 UA CRL 202 (Intermediate Scottish Gaelic) (Fall)
1998 SMO 2 weeks of short courses
1998 UA CRL 201 (Intermediate Scottish Gaelic) (Spring)
1997 UA CRL 102 (Elementary Scottish Gaelic) (Fall)
1997 1 week of short course at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (SMO)
1997 University of Arizona (UA) CRL 101 (Elementary Scottish Gaelic) (Spring Semester)
1994 Start private lessons with Muriel.
1993 (Fall) Gaelic class at Pima Community College with Muriel Fisher (Continuing Education)

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