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.
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Details for the 2016 course:
When: 3 – 8 July, 2016 (Week 1: Ceolas Summer school) / 24– 28 July, 2016 (Week 2: symposium)
Where: Daliburgh (Week 1), South Uist / Iochdar (Week 2), South Uist
Fee: Funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig. Residential week is inclusive of travel and accommodation.
Language Level: Intermediate, to admission level for GIfT Course
Brief: The Gaelic Immersion Short Course for present and intending students on the Gaelic Immersion for Teachers (GIfT) course at the University of Strathclyde will allow for Gaelic language usage and development in a community setting. The classes will be tailored to students’ specific Gaelic language abilities.
Two courses will be run: one during the Ceòlas Summer School and one during the Ceòlas 2016 Symposium. Courses will be similar in terms of general structure and learning, but Week 1 will emphasise Gaelic culture & the use of the new resource, ‘A Gift for every Child’ and Week 2, will focus on heritage & environment.
Classes include grammar, conversational skills, drama, dance and resources for the classroom (based on workshops and fieldtrips) with implementation & application.
Evening activities included for both weeks.