Ceòlas has been working in partnership with the University of Strathclyde to increase integration between the university’s GIfT programme, which trains current teachers to teach in Gaelic-medium streams, and Ceòlas’ ambitions for Gaelic development.
Students gained linguistic skills and confidence in grammar, vocabulary and idiom in both formal and informal contexts, they also had a range of opportunities to use the language socially. The course demonstrated that Gaelic is very much alive in South Uist.
Feedback from course participants was very positive. In the evaluation, the unique setting of the Uist Gaelic community was recognised. Participants stated that they would recommend this course to other GIfT students and GLL / GME teachers.
Gàidhlig an Uibhist le Ceòlas
When: 2 – 7th July 2017, during sgoil shamhraidh Ceòlas, 23 – 27 July 2017, during the Ceòlas symposium
Where: Sgoil shamhraidh: Dalaborg, South Uist; Symposium: Ìochdar, South Uist
Fee: funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig
Language level: Beginner to Fluent
Brief: The Gaelic Enrichment Course for GIfT students provides them with an opportunity to use and develop their Gaelic language skills within a community setting. The classes will be tailored to the specific needs of the teachers, with up to six levels of ability available.
Classes include grammar, conversational skills, resources for the classroom, active learning (including workshops and fieldtrips) and review & consolidation, as well as the evening activities as part of the summer school.