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SpeakGaelic

SpeakGaelic is the brand-name of a highly ambitious Gaelic adult learning campaign.

SpeakGaelic

SpeakGaelic will launch in September 2021

About SpeakGaelic

The objective of SpeakGaelic is to transform the uptake and usage of Gaelic by providing a clear, comprehensive and integrated structure for Gaelic language learning.

The user will have the option of experiencing SpeakGaelic in three different ways, all of which will be integrated, but also capable of being consumed discretely:

  • taught through a SpeakGaelic course; and/or
  • consumed in complementary BBC ALBA/BBC Radio nan Gàidheal media content; and/or
  • self-guided through the SpeakGaelic website; and

all supported and enhanced by SpeakGaelic social media.

As well as supporting complete beginners, the materials will support Gaelic speakers at different levels of fluency to gain confidence to SpeakGaelic.

The SpeakGaelic curriculum will be based on CEFRL (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) learning outcomes, where each speaker is placed at one of six levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2).

SpeakGaelic will cover levels A1, A2, B1, B2. Provision for proficient users of Gaelic, at levels C1 and C2, will continue be through existing channels.

Each level will comprise 13 lessons, with two classes in each lesson, accompanied by a series of 13 half-hour media programmes. The learning outcomes for each of these modules will underpin all elements of SpeakGaelic in a consistent way.

About SpeakGaelic

The concept for SpeakGaelic was developed by the LearnGaelic partners and is a partnership between MG ALBA, the BBC and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, with additional funding from the Scottish Government and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig are the SpeakGaelic academic partner and are generating the course materials.

BBC Multiplatform Production (Gàidhlig) are producing the audio-visual and additional social media/website short form content. This content will be available on the BBC iPlayer, BBC ALBA linear channel and on BBC ALBA YouTube. BBC Radio nan Gàidheal will produce the audio content.

FAQs

What is SpeakGaelic?

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SpeakGaelic is the brand-name of a highly ambitious Gaelic adult learning campaign. The objective is to transform the uptake and usage of Gaelic by providing a clear, comprehensive, integrated structure for Gaelic language learning.

The user will have the option of experiencing SpeakGaelic in three different ways, all of which will be integrated, but also capable of being consumed discretely:

  • taught through a SpeakGaelic course; and/or
  • consumed in complementary BBC ALBA/BBC Radio nan Gàidheal media content; and/or
  • self-guided through the SpeakGaelic website; and

all supported and enhanced by SpeakGaelic social media.

As well as supporting complete beginners, the materials will support Gaelic speakers at different levels of fluency to gain confidence to SpeakGaelic.

Learning champions and tutors will have on-demand access to resource materials through the SpeakGaelic website.

Whose idea was it?

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The concept was developed by the LearnGaelic partners (MG ALBA, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, BBC, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Bòrd na Ceiltis (Alba)).

Who are the partners?

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The partners of SpeakGaelic are MG ALBA, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and the BBC.

Who is paying for it and how much will it cost?

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There have been contributions from each of The Scottish Government, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, MG ALBA and investment in kind from the BBC. The total investment will be £2.4m, spread across three years.

When will it be launched?

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SpeakGaelic will launch in September 2021 with the first level. Other levels will follow.

What is it based on?

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The SpeakGaelic curriculum will be based on CEFRL (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) learning outcomes, where each speaker is placed at one of six levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2).

SpeakGaelic will cover levels A1, A2, B1, B2. Provision for proficient users of Gaelic, at levels C1 and C2, will continue through existing channels.

Each level will comprise 13 lessons with two classes in each lesson accompanied by a series of 13 half-hour media programmes. The learning outcomes for each of these modules will be underpin all elements of SpeakGaelic in a consistent way.

Who is producing what element?

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Sabhal Mòr Ostaig are the SpeakGaelic academic partner and are generating the course materials.

BBC Multiplatform Production (Gàidhlig) are producing the audio-visual and some social media/website short form content. This content will be available on the BBC iPlayer, BBC ALBA linear channel and on BBC ALBA YouTube. BBC Radio nan Gàidheal will produce the audio content.

How much will lessons cost?

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That will be up to course providers. The course materials for A1 and A2 will be freely available, alongside tutor materials, from the SpeakGaelic website.

For more information:

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Please contact Nicola Pearson, SpeakGaelic Project Manager:

SpeakGaelic@mgalba.com