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 2 Intermediate (Half Course) GAELIC2004

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus 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 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, at 1pm over 10 weeks as scheduled in MyCampus; weekly practical class over 8 weeks as scheduled in MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Grade D3 or above in Gaelic 1 Beginners (GAELIC1003)

Excluded Courses

Gaelic 2 Advanced (GAELIC2001)




Literary review (750 words) - 25%

7 practical grammar exercises -30%

Class test in Semester 1 (50 minutes) - 25%

Oral examination (10 minutes) - 20%

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:

Grammar exercises 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;

■ Translate an unseen Gaelic passage of average difficulty; describe and discuss various aspects of Gaelic grammar.

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