Exemplary Scottish Gaelic Units

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Each of the units below indicates a particular learner level (A1-C2). A summary of the unit’s content is provided, along with a description of how the unit addresses the 5 main areas of CLIL (Content, Communication, Cognition, Competences, and Community). Learn more about CLIL: http://www.languages.dk/clil4u/index.html

Eairdsidh Caimbeul

Learner level

C2

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Description

This project aims to establish an ongoing process of recording cultural resources in a “live lab” approach that engages with Gaelic communities in an interactive and dynamic manner while producing rich resources for the future. It envisages a continuing exchange between community and academia, and between Ireland and Scotland, in relation to the lived cultural resource of the Gaelic languages. In addition to the inherent value of the process itself, the added benefit of this exchange will be the creation of an authentic cultural resource to inform and bolster language planning efforts in support of the communities producing it. It is an engagement with existing communities about their heritage with an eye to the future, that takes advantage of new advances in digital capture and language support technology to address a vital and urgent need.

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Content

An early sample from a pilot project in which the UHI Language Sciences Institute with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and Soillse, together with Irish partners, embark on recording the natural speech of Irish and Scottish Gaelic speakers in their own communities with user-friendly equipment and techniques. This film was made in an initial training session. As part of their training Pàdruig quizzes Archie on his recollections and opinions on growing up and continuing to live on Benbecula. Archie is a native of Benbecula, and the conversation starts with him explaining his family roots. He goes on to talk about his schooling and higher education on the islands and later on the mainland. The conversation moves on to his history of employment, with spells in Gaelic playgroup development and then in advice work back on Benbecula. Pàdruig then asks Archie about changes he’s witnessed in the locality and the language since the days of his youth.

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Communication

Listening to a two-way conversation in which Pàdruig Moireach questions Eairdsidh Caimbeul on his recollections and opinions on growing up and continuing to live on Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides.

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Cognition

The project envisages a continuing exchange between community and academia, and between Ireland and Scotland, in relation to the lived cultural resource of the Gaelic languages. In addition to the inherent value of the process itself, the added benefit of this exchange will be the creation of an authentic cultural resource to inform and bolster language planning efforts in support of the communities producing it.

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Competences

The learner will achieve an insight into the Scottish Gaelic communities and gain cultural knowledge. The student will learn new vocabulary from spoken natural language by clicking the words and build a vocabulary list for training purposes.

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Community

Cultural insight through unfiltered engagement with the voices of real people in their own homes

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/7628

Pàdruig Moireach

Learner level

C2

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Description

An early sample from a pilot project in which the UHI Language Sciences Institute with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and Soillse, together with Irish partners, embark on recording the natural speech of Irish and Scottish Gaelic speakers in their own communities with user-friendly equipment and techniques. This film was made in an initial training session.

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Content

Archie quizzes Pàdruig on his lifestory. Pàdruig establishes his family roots in Carloway, Lewis, and talks about his early memories of home and community life there as a child. He goes on to describe his progress through school on Lewis and higher education in Aberdeen, leading to work on the North Sea rigs. This was followed by a career change into language teaching which him took him abroad before returning to Scotland and involvement in teaching Gaelic to adults. The conversation concludes with a discussion of some of the pleasures and challenges entailed in this area of work.

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Communication

Listening to a two-way conversation in which Archie quizzes Pàdruig on his lifestory.

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Cognition

The project envisages a continuing exchange between community and academia, and between Ireland and Scotland, in relation to the lived cultural resource of the Gaelic languages. In addition to the inherent value of the process itself, the added benefit of this exchange will be the creation of an authentic cultural resource to inform and bolster language planning efforts in support of the communities producing it.

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Competences

The learner will achieve an insight into the Scottish Gaelic communities and gain cultural knowledge. The student will learn new vocabulary from spoken natural language by clicking the words and build a vocabulary list for training purposes.

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Community

Cultural insight through unfiltered engagement with the voices of real people in their own homes

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/7689

Tòmas MacDhòmhnaill (1)

Learner level

C2

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Description

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and Soillse, together with Irish partners, embark on recording the natural speech of Irish and Scottish Gaelic speakers in their own communities with user-friendly equipment and techniques. Here, in the first of two parts, Tommy Macdonald talks to Archie Campbell about his life in South Uist

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Content

Tommy talks about his family antecedents and also about his employment history, starting with helping in his father’s mobile shop, followed by a long spell with a fish farm company during which time he developed his computing skills and interests. This was followed by a diversification into a number of different paths, including providing local information on visiting bus tours. Local genealogical research led him to an interesting discovery about his own family history.

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Communication

Listening to a two-way conversation in which Tommy Macdonald talks to Archie Campbell about his life in South Uist

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Cognition

The project envisages a continuing exchange between community and academia, and between Ireland and Scotland, in relation to the lived cultural resource of the Gaelic languages. In addition to the inherent value of the process itself, the added benefit of this exchange will be the creation of an authentic cultural resource to inform and bolster language planning efforts in support of the communities producing it.

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Competences

The learner will achieve an insight into the Scottish Gaelic communities and gain cultural knowledge. The student will learn new vocabulary from spoken natural language by clicking the words and build a vocabulary list for training purposes.

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Community

Unfiltered engagement with the voices of real people in their own homes.

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/7853

Tòmas MacDhòmhnaill (2)

Learner level

C2

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Description

Here, in the second part Tommy talks about his involvement with various local cultural groups in South Uist, such as Ceòlas, Fèis Tìr a’ Mhurain, and the Accordion and Fiddle club. He and Archie also discuss some of the challenges and opportunities of working with and in Gaelic in the community today in and between the various generations. The modern disappearance of the “taigh cèilidh” stimulates the recollection and brief retelling of some of the stories that would be told in earlier times.

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Content

Tommy talks about his involvement with various local cultural groups in South Uist, such as Ceòlas, Fèis Tìr a’ Mhurain, and the Accordion and Fiddle club. He and Archie also discuss some of the challenges and opportunities of working with and in Gaelic in the community today in and between the various generations

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Communication

Listening to a two-way conversation in which Tommy Macdonald talks to Archie Campbell about his life in South Uist

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Cognition

The project envisages a continuing exchange between community and academia, and between Ireland and Scotland, in relation to the lived cultural resource of the Gaelic languages. In addition to the inherent value of the process itself, the added benefit of this exchange will be the creation of an authentic cultural resource to inform and bolster language planning efforts in support of the communities producing it.

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Competences

The learner will achieve an insight into the Scottish Gaelic communities and gain cultural knowledge. The student will learn new vocabulary from spoken natural language by clicking the words and build a vocabulary list for training purposes.

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Community

Unfiltered engagement with the voices of real people in their own homes.

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/7854

Hughena NicDhòmhnaill (1)

Learner level

C2

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Description

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and Soillse, together with Irish partners, embark on recording the natural speech of Irish and Scottish Gaelic speakers in their own communities with user-friendly equipment and techniques. Here, in the first of two parts, Hughena talks about her family background and her happy memories of growing up and going to various schools in Uist and Benbecula, including her experience of coming across computers for the first time when Sgoil Lìonacleit opened. This was followed by a spell in Stornoway where she studied at the college and did part-time work, including with Radio nan Gàidheal. On returning to Uist she worked in various places, and raised a family. She describes how she enjoys working with people, and how she likes to relax afterwards.

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Content

A two-way conversation in which Archie Campbell questions Hughena MacDonald on her recollections and opinions on growing up and continuing to live on South Uist in the Outer Hebrides.

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Communication

Listening to a two-way conversation in which Archie Campbell questions Hughena MacDonald on her recollections and opinions on growing up and continuing to live on South Uist in the Outer Hebrides.

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Cognition

The project envisages a continuing exchange between community and academia, and between Ireland and Scotland, in relation to the lived cultural resource of the Gaelic languages. In addition to the inherent value of the process itself, the added benefit of this exchange will be the creation of an authentic cultural resource to inform and bolster language planning efforts in support of the communities producing it.

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Competences

The learner will achieve an insight into the Scottish Gaelic communities and gain cultural knowledge. The student will learn new vocabulary from spoken natural language by clicking the words and build a vocabulary list for training purposes.

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Community

Unfiltered engagement with the voices of real people in their own homes.

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/7915

Hughena NicDhòmhnaill (2)

Learner level

C2

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Description

Here, in the second of two parts, discussion of the importance of Hughena’s faith to her leads onto broader reminiscence over customs and traditions in the days of her childhood, when casual visits to and from neighbours would be more frequent, often related to crofting matters. Hughena describes early memories of collecting and eating shellfish from the shore, and of baking skills less often put to use these days now that so much is so easily available in the shops. The conversation finishes with some discussion of the strength of Gaelic use in her family, how she’s passed it on successfully to her children, and the value of now encouraging older community members to share their spoken skills, while acknowledging the challenges involved in recording them.

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Content

A two-way conversation in which Hughena describes early memories of collecting and eating shellfish from the shore, and of baking skills less often put to use these days now that so much is so easily available in the shops. The conversation finishes with some discussion of the strength of Gaelic use in her family, how she’s passed it on successfully to her children, and the value of now encouraging older community members to share their spoken skills, while acknowledging the challenges involved in recording them.

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Communication

Listening to a two-way conversation in which Archie Campbell questions Hughena MacDonald on her recollections and opinions on growing up and continuing to live on South Uist in the Outer Hebrides.

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Cognition

The project envisages a continuing exchange between community and academia, and between Ireland and Scotland, in relation to the lived cultural resource of the Gaelic languages. In addition to the inherent value of the process itself, the added benefit of this exchange will be the creation of an authentic cultural resource to inform and bolster language planning efforts in support of the communities producing it.

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Competences

The learner will achieve an insight into the Scottish Gaelic communities and gain cultural knowledge. The student will learn new vocabulary from spoken natural language by clicking the words and build a vocabulary list for training purposes.

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Community

Unfiltered engagement with the voices of real people in their own homes.

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Go to the unit: http://multidict.net/cs/7916

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