Gaelic 2 (Intermediate) GAELIC2003

  • 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 the skills of students who took Gaelic 1B in speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension. Students will be introduced to a range of modern poetry and prose in Gaelic; will be encouraged to develop the appropriate analytical, study and essay-writing skills to take them further with the language, and will also be introduced to aspects of Gaelic phonetics.


Lectures and practical class on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, at 1pm over 20 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus

Requirements of Entry

Grade D3 or above in Gaelic 1 (Beginners) (GAELIC1003)

Excluded Courses

Gaelic 2 (Advanced) (GAELIC2001)




Essay (750 words) in Gaelic in semester 1 -10%

Essay (1200 words) in Gaelic in semester 2 - 20%

15 practical grammar exercises -15%

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:

■ build on and develop Gaelic language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) acquired in Gaelic 1B;

■ introduce students to a wide range of poetry from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries;

■ read and discuss a range of fiction and non-fiction Gaelic texts from the twentieth century;

■ study some of the main genres and trends in Gaelic literature since the sixteenth century;

■ adopt an integrated approach to language practice and oral classes which will reinforce vocabulary and grammar;

■ 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 accurately in Gaelic on a range of topics such as education, health and the media

■ translate a range of texts from English to Gaelic with a high degree of accuracy

■ translate a range of seen Gaelic poetry and to comment on aspects of theme and style;

■ translate and discuss a range of seen Gaelic prose texts, also translate an unseen Gaelic passage of average difficulty;

■ outline the main trends in Gaelic literature;discuss the work of some of the main figures in Gaelic literature

■ 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.