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GH1007: GAELIC FOR BEGINNERS 1A (2014-2015)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

This is a 12-week course in the modern Scottish Gaelic language for students who have little or no prior experience of the language, or for students with no formal qualifications in Gaelic. 

You will learn Gaelic through a mixture of interactive language classes, a class which focuses on conversational skills, and a programme of homework exercises, together with self-directed learning.

By the end of the course, you will be able to speak, read, write and understand Gaelic at a basic level and you will have mastered a large working vocabulary. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study Yes
  • Dr Marsaili MacLeod

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Course Description

The course will develop a basic understanding of the Gaelic language through focussing on all four linguistic skills: reading, writing, speaking, listening comprehension. Students attend 3 grammar/reading and writing classes per week and attend a further tutorial focusing on oral and aural Gaelic skills (4 hours of class tuition in total). Students are also requested to pursue private study and to submit regular written work.

Further Information & Notes

This course may not be taken by students who qualify for Gaelic Language 1A or any other more advanced courses.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour examination (60%); Continuous written assessment (20%); Continuous oral/aural assessment (20%).

Resit: 1 two-hour examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

4 formative assessments on different aspects of written Gaelic language, including 3 homework exercises and 1 in-class test. These four pieces of work will form the basis of the 20% continuous assessment.

The oral assessment (20%) will be based on performance in all classes and completion of certain assignments throughout the course.


The above assessments are given CAS marks and written feedback. General verbal feedback is given in class. Additional written and/or verbal feedback is given on an individual basis as required.

Course Learning Outcomes


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