Category Archives: Literacy and Gàidhlig

Conference on Gaelic Education: Transitions to secondary, Drumossie Hotel, Inverness on 2 June 2016

Education Scotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig would like to invite you to a conference we are organising on Gaelic Education. The purpose of the conference is to give strategic direction to the development of Gaelic Education, with a particular focus on transitions into secondary Gaelic Learner and Medium Education. The conference is intended to assist schools and local authorities in increasing the availability of Gaelic Learner and Medium Education within the secondary curriculum. More information is available here.

It would greatly assist with the organisation of the conference if those attending would register online by 9 May 2016. To do so, please follow this link:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YQ9LLGX

In the meantime, Education Scotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig look forward to welcoming you to the conference.

Leadership Award: Gaelic Education

Social Enterprise Academy and Education Scotland are working in partnership to deliver an Institute of Leadership and Management Award for teachers of Gaelic Education. The next Leadership Award for Gaelic Education will commence on 20 and 21 May 2016. It will be based in Strathpeffer. If you wish to enrol for this award or require more information, please contact kate@socialenterprise.academy. Education Scotland and Social Enterprise Academy acknowledge financial assistance from Bòrd na Gàidhlig towards the costs of running this award.

Professional Learning: Environment, Language and Heritage

Àrainneachd, Cànan is Dualchas (‘environment, language and heritage’) is a ten-day Gaelic language learning course. It is intended for fluent speakers and near-fluent learners of the language who would like to continue to develop their fluency. The course explores the strong links between the language and the Scottish environment. It will run in North Skye on 25-29 July and from 1-5 August, 2016. Students can attend either or both weeks. More information about this course is available here: ACD 2016 (E) and at https://acisd.wordpress.com/.

GIFTING EVERY CHILD TRADITIONAL ARTS RESOURCE

Whit sangs, tales an dauncin culd we gie ilka bairn in Scotlan fir a richt guid handsel? Tae stert oot wi as a smidgin, a wee seed whilk micht graw intae muckle trees o pleisur an wunner. Here’s a wee mindin tae begin wi fir aabody, reidy tae yaise an free tae aa.

Dè na h-òrain, sgeulachdan, dannsaichean, agus cleachdaidhean tradaiseanta nan ràithean, air am bu chòir do gach leanabh no pàiste ann an Alba a bhith eòlach? Dè tha buntainn leotha as bith cò às a tha iad, no dè an cultar no an cànan a th’ aca?

What songs, stories, dance steps and seasonal customs should every child in Scotland know? What belongs to them regardless of origin, culture or language? Presented in a simple online format incorporating text, audio, video and helpful guidelines, Gifting Every Child provides a manageable and accessible introduction to the traditional arts that can easily be put to use in the classroom, club, community hall or family sitting room.

In providing educators, parents, teachers and anyone else who wishes to engage in creative work with children with an accessible selection of some of the best examples of the traditional arts, we in turn gift the children with an introduction to Scotland’s creative culture and indigenous languages, which could serve them a lifetime of benefit.

Incorporating a multimedia format of text, audio files (both streamable and downloadable) and video, the resource is easily downloadable and ideally designed to suit various abilities and levels of interest – whether you want to meticulously engage with each piece of the resource, or pick and choose from what is available. Guest editors Bea Ferguson (story), Christina Stewart (song) and Mats Melin (dance) have years of experience in their respective fields, and especially in engaging with children and education. The inclusion of Gaelic and Scots throughout is vitally important, with the material provided also being broadly targeted at the 6 to 9 age group.

In the second stage of this project, TRACS plans to develop the Gifting Every Child model across communities through a series of workshops, and by promoting local practitioners able to support creative work with children. The public are warmly invited to add their own local or family favourites to the collection, thus making this a collaborative project in which everyone living in Scotland can tap into our rich creative culture.

View or download the resources for free at: Gifting Every Child

View the Promo Video

For further information please contact:

Morag Wells | Digital & Languages Apprentice | TRACS morag@scottishstorytellingcentre.com | 0131 556 9579

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SCILT and Gaelic Education

Small - SCILT and GaelicJoin us on Monday 7th March at 4pm for this live event to find out about the support SCILT can provide to teachers involved in Gaelic Education.

The Glow TV event will be presented by Julie-Anne MacKenzie, Professional Development Officer with SCILT. The session will outline the support SCILT can provide to teachers involved in Gaelic Education. The session will be delivered through the medium of Gaelic with a supporting power point presentation available in English.

Sign up and join us live in Glow TV – SCILT and Gaelic Education

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Language Show Live, 11 and 12 March 2016

The Language Show Live is coming to Scotland and will have a special feature on Gaelic and Scots. This is Europe’s longest running premier language event and has been hosted in London for the past 27 years. There will be an input from Education Scotland and Fèisean nan Gàidheal on the role of Gaelic in Scotland’s identity and in the curriculum of Scottish education. Other attractions include:

  • a range of educational seminars
  • language classes
  • live forums
  • cultural performances.

There also will be over 100 exhibitors related to the promotion of languages and resources including some specific to Gaelic such as Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

Please support the feature on Gaelic and Scots which is taking place from 10.30am in the main hall on 11 March. Please follow this link to register to attend.

CEITIDH – FIRST GAELIC COMPUTER VOICE

Ceitidh Computer Voice

Ceitidh is now available from CALL Scotland’s Scottish voice website alongside “Heather” and “Stuart”, the two Scottish computer voices. Heather and Stuart are also licenced for the entire Scottish Public Sector.

The new Gaelic computer voice is licensed for the Scottish public sector, so it can be used by students in schools, colleges and universities, NHS patients, and employees in the public sector. CALL also has permission to distribute the voice to charities.

The Gaelic voice works on Windows and Macintosh computers and can be used to:

  • read Gaelic web sites, ebooks, textbooks, SQA exam papers and other curriculum resources;
  • check writing, emails, and social media posts – proofreading by listening can improve spelling and grammar;

The voice will be particularly helpful for Gaelic speakers with dyslexia, reading difficulties and visual impairment, but it should also be useful for anyone learning or working in Gaelic.

Gaelic Education Award at the Scottish Education Award

Have you made a nomination yet for the Gaelic Education Award? There is still time to apply.

The award is open to all 3-18 provisions doing Gaelic (Learners), Gaelic Medium as well as those that may be doing some learning of Gaelic and about Gaelic as part of the curriculum in English medium education.

Here are some questions which may encourage you to make a nomination:

  • Do children and young people enjoy learning Gaelic due to the approaches you are using?
  • Do you have a project which has included children and young people learning about Gaelic language and culture or learning some Gaelic?
  • Do you have a successful club, trip or an event which is helping children and young people to develop their fluency?
  • Does a group, organisation or business support the learning of Gaelic within your curriculum?
  • Have you changed the curriculum model with the result that there is an increase in the numbers learning Gaelic?
  • Are you using the Advice on Gaelic Education to improve the quality of provision?
  • Is there a sense of pride, value and identity with Gaelic within your provision?
  • Is there effective practice within a cluster group in implementing the 1+2 policy for language learning?
  • Do you have any effective examples of supporting families with Gaelic Education?

Please make a nomination to the Gaelic Education Award by 12 pm, 15 February. For more information, please visit: http://www.scottisheducationawards.org.uk/index.asp