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Gaelic (AB Initio) GAELIC5001

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This is a course for beginners in Scottish 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 acquire a range of vocabulary through the study of some Gaelic prose texts. No previous knowledge of Gaelic is necessary for this course.


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday at 2pm with one further hour to be arranged.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses





Fourteen language exercises throughout the year, seven per semester (30%)

A class test at the end of Week 11 (15%).

Oral examination at the end of semester 1 (10%).

A 2-hour written examination at the end of the course in April/May (30%)

Oral examination at the end of the course in April/May (15%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims 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 a range of Gaelic prose texts

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students will be able:

■ Participate in a basic conversation in Gaelic on a range of subjects, such as personal details, home, 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

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.