Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Gaelic 1 Beginners (Half Course) GAELIC1004

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This is a course for beginners in Gaelic, enabling students to acquire basic language skills in speaking, reading, writing and listening. Students will be introduced to the grammatical framework of the language and will develop appropriate vocabulary through the study of some Gaelic prose texts; an overview of the historical and sociolinguistic context of Gaelic and of the history of Gaelic literature.


Lectures on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 2pm as scheduled on MyCampus; weekly practical class over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus 

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses

Gaelic 1 Advanced (GAELIC1001); Gaelic 1 Intermediate (GAELIC1005)




Seven language exercises throughout the semester (35%)

A class test at the end of Week 11 (40%)

Oral examination at the end of the course (25%)

Main Assessment In: December

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below:

Language practice exercises are not available for reassessment

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ enable students to acquire basic language skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing) in Gaelic;

■ introduce students to a range of appropriate vocabulary and to the grammatical framework of the language;

■ study some Gaelic prose texts;

■ give students an overview of the historical and sociolinguistic context of Gaelic and of the history of Gaelic literature.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ participate in a basic conversation in Gaelic on a range of subjects, such as personal details, home and family and holidays

■ read aloud a passage in Gaelic

■ respond to questions in Gaelic, orally and in writing

■ use accurately 75% of core course vocabulary in spoken and written form

■ translate a piece of simple Gaelic into colloquial English

■ translate a simple English passage into Gaelic

■ comment on the style of seen Gaelic prose texts

■ write a short composition in Gaelic

■ demonstrate an understanding of the history of Gaelic

■ describe some of the main developments in Gaelic literature.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.