Gaelic 2 (Advanced) GAELIC2001

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course further develops students' skills in speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension. Students will study the poetry of the 17th and 18th centuries, developing an understanding of the poet's role in Gaelic society: the prose of the 19th and early 20th centuries will also be studied, and students will be introduced to aspects of Gaelic linguistics.


In Semester 1 Lectures on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at 3pm over 10 weeks

In Semester 2 Lectures on Monday, Tuesday, Thurs, Friday at 3pm over 10 weeks

Weekly practical classes over 19 weeks both semesters.

Requirements of Entry

Grade D3 or above in Gaelic 1 Advances (GAELIC1001), or grade C3 or above in Gaelic 1 Intermediate (GAELIC1005)

Excluded Courses

Gaelic 2 Intermediate (GAELIC2003)




One (2000 word) essay in Gaelic - 25%

10 Grammar practice exercises -10%

2 Linguistic reports -10%

Oral examination (10-minutes) -15%

Exam (2 hour duration) - 40%

Main Assessment In: April/May

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:

Grammar and Linguistic exercises and oral competence in class conversation are not available for reassessment

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ extend the four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) developed in Gaelic 1A or Gaelic 1C;

■ extend students' vocabulary, with a particular emphasis on spoken Gaelic;

■ introduce students to a range of Gaelic poetry from the period up to and including 1745 and develop an understanding of the role of the poet in Gaelic society;

■ study a range of functional Gaelic prose writings in terms of subject-matter and style;

■ provide opportunities for students to write and translate functional texts;

■ introduce students to aspects of Gaelic linguistics.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ converse and write fluently and accurately on a range of prepared and unprepared topics

■ translate functional texts from English into Gaelic with a high degree of accuracy and using appropriate vocabulary

■ translate and comment on a range of seen and unseen prose texts from Gaelic into English

■ translate and discuss aspects of the theme and style of a range of seen poetry from the period up to and including 1745

■ outline the main functions of the poet in Gaelic society

■ describe and discuss various aspects of Gaelic grammar

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.