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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This course aims to:

  • enhance and extend professional practice in the teaching of subject/stage through the medium of Gaelic
  • familiarise students with the support structures available in Gaelic education
  • provide the advanced knowledge, understanding and skills required to deliver subject/stage in Gaelic medium
  • develop the relevant Gaelic language skills so that participants are able to teach through the medium of Gaelic and respond to the needs of the pupils they teach
  • provide knowledge and understanding of the range of theoretical perspectives relating to immersion and bilingual teaching and the promotion of Gaelic Medium Education

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Mrs Catriona Macdonald

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Education (ED) (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Part A
• Converse confidently with other Gaelic speakers, demonstrating understanding and oral competence
• Extract information from a variety of detailed written documents and spoken sources using relevant specialised skills
• Compose written Gaelic texts and translate English texts to demonstrate personal Gaelic language development
• Demonstrate a critical awareness of and ability to use effectively grammatical rules and revised Gaelic Orthographic Conventions
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of bilingualism in relation to Gaelic medium education

Part B
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of good practice in and a critical appreciation of the main principles and theory underpinning immersion learning
• Demonstrate the impact of language development from Course 1A on professional practice
• Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of Curriculum for Excellence Guidelines and Standard Grade Arrangements (where appropriate) for Gàidhlig and links to their own chosen subject specialism(s)/stage
• Demonstrate ability to develop resources in Gaelic for their subject/stage, including translation and appropriate assessment materials, and critically review and evaluate the resources at their disposal
• Plan, with increased confidence, for effective teaching and administration in the Gaelic medium context
• Identify barriers to pupils' learning through the medium of Gaelic and devise a range of effective strategies for dealing with these (i.e. differentiation)
• Demonstrate effective teaching skills in classroom practice of their subject/stage area in Gaelic medium and reflect critically on practice and professional development in Gaelic medium teaching

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

·         Confirmed competence of the four linguistic skills of reading, writing, talking and listening for teaching through Gaelic medium through supporting portfolio of evidence. (15 credits)

·         Delivery of an oral presentation in Gaelic on the benefits of being bilingual with reference to Gaelic medium education, in order to assess linguistic competency and pedagogical understanding. (15 credits)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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