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SpeakGaelic

SpeakGaelic is a new, wide-ranging, multi-faceted learning brand, offering the most comprehensive approach to learning Scottish Gaelic in a generation.

SpeakGaelic will offer users the option of face-to-face classes, self-guided online learning, and media content through a variety of platforms – or all three at the same time. As well as complete beginners, SpeakGaelic will be aimed at enabling lapsed or less confident speakers to use their Gaelic with confidence.

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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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The investment in monetary and in-kind contribution required to deliver the partnership’s ambition for the project, including the increased scale required for the more advanced levels (see table below), is c.£4m over four years.

Around 75% of that has been sourced or is in the process of being committed from each of the Scottish Government, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, MG ALBA, the BBC and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. The partnership is confident that it will succeed in securing the balance required to deliver the project.

FICE/CEFR GUIDE Hours Original Intended
A1 Indicative number of teaching hours 90 to 100+ 13 weeks 13 weeks
A2 Indicative number of teaching hours 90 to 100+ 13 weeks 13 weeks
B1 Indicative number of teaching hours 150 to 200+ 13 weeks 26 weeks
B2 Indicative number of teaching hours 150 to 200+ 13 weeks 26 weeks

When will it be launched?

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

Will the TV programmes be available outside the UK?

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The TV programmes will be available in full on the BBC iPlayer within the UK and also simultaneously on YouTube to enable international access.

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.

Will there be a SpeakGaelic book?

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The teaching materials are entirely available on SpeakGaelic and teachers and students will be able to access them online, and/or able to print them off themselves. Some course providers will print the materials for their own students. Some will offer printing to teachers and students at other establishments. There is no current intention to print a physical book consisting of these materials, as they will be available online.

Will tutors need a particular qualification?

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At level A, it is not mandatory that SpeakGaelic tutors will need any qualification. This point is currently being considered regarding level B.

Will SpeakGaelic courses be accredited?

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Assessments do not form an aspect of SpeakGaelic at this junction, but they are a part of the FICE/CEFR development which is currently being undertaken by Aberdeen University.  It should therefore be possible for assessments relating to the different levels of SpeakGaelic to be undertaken in future.

For more information:

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Please contact conaltradh@mgalba.com