Fwd: Immersion course testimony

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Fred Riley

Nov 14, 2008, 1:12:41 PM11/14/08
to Gaelic learners, Learner's Gàidhlig Group
Hi a-rithist a h-uile duine

When I got the message below from the ubiquitous Fionnlagh MacLeòid I
thought at first it was just the usual self-promotion of his Total
Immersion Programme (TIP) method. However, the attached document from
a successful student is very detailed in her experience of learning
via immersion and will ring bells with many on these groups I'm sure -
it certainly chimed with my thoughts on some points. So I thought I'd
pass it on as it might interest some of you, though most of us don't
have the time or commitment to learn as intensively as she did. Still,
she does illustrate the benefits of immersion in class, and Gaelic
practice outside class, for all that it may be a bit stressful at

I have met Fionnlagh and have been a guinea pig at a test session up
in Barra a couple of years back, and his immersion method is fun and
does get results. He is a bit shameless in his self-promotion but
perhaps that's the only way to get yourself heard these days...



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From: Finlay MacLeod <fin...@cnsa.org.uk>
Date: 2008/11/14
Subject: FW: newSHANNON(TIP).pdf Please pass onto others
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TIP Course Conversations


Shannon C. Macdonald


Nova Scotia

It gives me great satisfaction to introduce a most interesting and
enlightening evaluation of Shannon C. Macdonald from Nova Scotia,
Canada, experiences, observations and suggestions apropos learning
conversational Gaelic by way of TIP methodologies and in her own

Shannon participated on a number of Gaidhlig Aig Baile TIP Courses in
Nova Scotia in 2007-2008.

She is now extremely fluent in conversational Gaelic and we have been
speaking with one another for some time, discussing various aspects of
acquiring and speaking Gaelic.

However, the evaluation is largely as a result of conversations we had
in November 2008, while she is resident in Scotland, studying

at Sabhal Mor Ostaig.

So without more ado, may I present her own story.

Fionnlagh M. Macleoid

CNSA Chief Executive

November 2008

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