Celtic Studies MA

Gaelic (Beginners) for Honours Students GAELIC4004

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This is a course for beginners in 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 develop appropriate vocabulary through the study of some Gaelic prose texts. No previous knowledge of Gaelic is necessary fir this course


Lectures on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 2pm as scheduled on MyCampus; weekly practical class over 21 weeks, time to be arranged

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

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

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. 

Course Aims

This 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 some Gaelic prose texts

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

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