This is available as a blended learning programme, consisting of face to face inputs, telephone tutorials and online support and delivery.
PROGRAMME LENGTH PGCert 60 credits
The programme consists of two 30 credit courses:
Course 1: Language Development to support Gaelic Medium Teaching
Course 2: Critical Reflection and Portfolio
Building which together aim:
To enhance and extend professional practice in the teaching of subject/stage through the medium of Gaelic
To provide knowledge and understanding of the range of theoretical (including historical) perspectives – interpretive, social, creative – relating to immersion and bilingual teaching and the promotion of Gaelic Medium Education
To familiarise students with the support structures available in Gaelic education e.g. CLAS; Stòrlann
To provide the advanced knowledge, understanding and skills required to deliver subject/stage in Gaelic medium
To provide a critical appreciation of how the key concepts of language understanding and development are integrated into subject/stage teaching and how they impact on each other
To give participants opportunities to understand and review critically pedagogies used to deliver their stage/subject through Gaelic medium
To examine theories of learning in the context of Gaelic medium and to engage the participants in an interrogation of how the Gaelic language is used in the classroom to teach the subject/stage and how children use the Gaelic language
To examine policy initiatives and their relationship with Gaelic Medium education e.g. Curriculum for Excellence, Citizenship, etc
To develop the relevant Gaelic language skills so that participants are able through their subject/stage teaching to:
analyse pupils' reactions in order to determine whether blocks in learning are conceptual, subject-specific or linguistic
build in many more opportunities to use the target language in expositions, explanations and interactions with pupils than would (perhaps) be the case in Englishh
respond to specific language points which arise – whether to respond to them immediately, or later, or at all
gain experience about the levels of error tolerance which are appropriate in different circumstances
reinforce the acquisition of the language as well as the skills, concepts and knowledge associated with the subject/stage
reflect on knowledge, skills, practice and professional development needs within the context of Gaelic medium teaching.
The Streap programme is comprised of two courses contributing to a total of 60 credit points at SCQF Level 11 (PG5).
Course 1: Language Development in Gaelic Medium (15 credits SCQF Level 11)
Course 2: Critical Reflection in Gaelic Medium (15 credits at SCQF Level 11)
Participants who successfully complete the first course may exit with 30 credits. Those who successfully complete the two courses and 60 credits will achieve a certificate.
Course 1: Language Development to support Gaelic Medium
Teaching Formative assessment of:
language development and linguistic skills (listening, talking, reading, writing)
oral presentation to parents on benefits of bilingualism and Gaelic Medium Education
portfolio of lesson plans with associated assessment instruments and resources relevant to teaching, organisation and management of the Gaelic medium classroom
one chosen lesson delivered to peer participants, course tutors and mentors during final face-to-face contact session
Course 2: Critical Reflection and Portfolio Building
Formative assessment of:
components of the professional portfolio – e.g. learning journals; self evaluation against the benchmarks of the SFR; reflective journal etc.
reflective writing task with supporting portfolio of evidence Summative assessment of:
portfolio of evidence related to the SFR within the context of Gaelic medium teaching – 2000-4000 words
Reflective Report analysing aspects of learning in relation to the SFR with specific reference to the activities within the portfolio (approx 4000 words) .
This programme is relevant to secondary subject specialists or primary teachers who have achieved the Standard for Full Registration (SFR) and who have an advanced level of Gaelic fluency/literacy sufficient to deliver in Gaelic medium, and a commitment to convert to Gaelic medium if possible.
Target groups include:
Secondary Gaelic Medium:
Teachers who are subject specialists, trained to teach and experienced in delivering their subject through the medium of English, who may or may not currently teach through the medium of Gaelic
Gaelic-speaking teachers returning to teaching, who find that there is an opportunity in their school to offer their subject through the medium of Gaelic
Gaelic language teachers, qualified in another subject, who would now consider teaching their subject specialism through the medium of Gaelic
Supply teachers, willing to enter the field of Gaelic medium teaching.
Primary Gaelic Medium:
Primary teachers trained to teach and experienced in delivering the curriculum through the medium of English, who are willing to convert to delivery through the medium of Gaelic
Gaelic speaking teachers returning to teaching, who find that there is an opportunity in their home area to engage in Gaelic medium teaching
Supply teachers, willing to enter the field of Gaelic medium teaching