Find a Degree Postgraduate Taught Programmes Gaelic Medium Education

Programme Details

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

Aims

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.
       

Contact Information

Team Secretary
School of Education

mps@abdn.ac.uk

Syllabus

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.

Assessment

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

Contact

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General Information

Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
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ABERDEEN AB24 3TU

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