Celtic Studies MA

Gaelic 1 (Advanced) GAELIC1001

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This is a course for fluent speakers, taught through the medium of Gaelic, which develops their existing reading, writing, comprehension and oral skills. Students will be introduced to a range of modern prose, 18th - 20th century poetry, and will study the historical development of Gaelic in Scotland and the social context of the literature studied in class.


3 Lectures per week over 20 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus; weekly practical class over 20 weeks; time to be arranged.

1 lecture per week in semester 2 at 2pm over 9 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses

Gaelic 1B (GAELIC1003); Gaelic 1C (GAELIC1005)




Essay (1,500 words) in Gaelic on a topic relating to texts studied in Semester 2 - 15%

10 Language practice exercises submitted on a fortnightly basis throughout the year - 10%

Presentation (10 minutes) and Write-up of presentation (1000 words) in Gaelic on a topic relating to texts studies in Seminar 1- 20%

Oral Exam (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:

Language practice exercises and oral competence in class conversation are not available for reassessment

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ broaden and deepen the four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) in Gaelic;

■ introduce a range of Gaelic prose and poetry;

■ develop an understanding of the historical and social context of the literature studied;

■ provide a linguistic description of aspects of the language;

■ encourage the development of appropriate study skills.

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 prepared and unprepared topics

■ translate a passage of moderate difficulty from English into Gaelic

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

■ discuss aspects of the themes and styles of a range of poetry and prose

■ explain some of the developments in Gaelic literature between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries

■ outline the sociolinguistic setting of modern Gaelic and select and use appropriate reference works.

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.