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Sigurd
Monday, September 25th, 2006, 10:31 AM
AN Edinburgh secondary school will be the first to conduct lessons entirely in Gaelic under a controversial new initiative.

Education chiefs believe parents are keen to see their children speak the language, and are taking steps to introduce it across the Capital. But, with many still in favour of their children learning more modern languages, the council first plans to sound out support for the idea with a city-wide questionnaire.

Television programmes, books and pop songs in Gaelic have fuelled a growing interest among young people. Until now it had only been taught as a foreign language in James Gillespie's High School and as a first language in Tollcross, one of its feeder primaries, where entire lessons are carried out in Gaelic.

However, this year pupils at other feeder schools - Sciennes, James Gillespie's, Royal Mile, and Preston Street - are being taught Gaelic for the first time.

The next step is to have lessons taught entirely in Gaelic, something that is being introduced in Glasgow where the language is more widely spoken.

That is set to happen at James Gillespie's over the next few years, with trial classes aimed at 12 and 13-year-olds in one or two as-yet undecided subjects. Two teachers will take the lessons - a Gaelic speaker and a subject specialist - and computer-based learning aids are also set to be introduced.

George Reid, quality improvement officer for languages at Edinburgh City Council, said: "It is a little way off at the moment, but we definitely want to promote two subjects through Gaelic, using virtual technology, within the next three years.

"The perception is that to properly safeguard the future of the language we have to promote it in all different areas of discourse."

And the council has sent a questionnaire around parents of all children who will be attending primary school next year, asking if they would like their son or daughter to be given the chance to learn Gaelic.

Teachers are being encouraged to attend 20-day courses on how to teach the language, with five signing up so far. And one teacher, a fluent Gaelic speaker, has been appointed to oversee how it is taught across the Capital.

Overall the council is currently spending about 30,000-a-year trying to increase the number of children learning Gaelic in Edinburgh schools.

However, Louise Stenhouse, 41, of Pirniefield Bank, Leith, whose son Cal, three, will be attending St Mary's Primary School next year, said: "I don't think this will be very important to a child's education and it's not something I would strive for them to have.

"It would probably be more useful for them to learn French or Spanish.

"I don't think Gaelic would help them too much in later life."

Source (http://news.scotsman.com/topics.cfm?tid=64&id=1408822006)

Willow
Monday, September 25th, 2006, 10:19 PM
Great! I think that gaelic should be taught in all schools in scotland. Why should it always be bloody french we have to learn??!! Otherwise,gaelic is going to die out, and we should be trying to preserve our national heritage and language, now more so than ever, instead of allowing it to be swallowed up into a larger europe.
:scotland

Ewergrin
Monday, September 25th, 2006, 11:47 PM
Great! I think that gaelic should be taught in all schools in scotland. Why should it always be bloody french we have to learn??!! Otherwise,gaelic is going to die out, and we should be trying to preserve our national heritage and language, now more so than ever, instead of allowing it to be swallowed up into a larger europe.
:scotland
My thoughts exactly. What the powers that be don't seem to realize is that melting of cultures (and language is an integral part of culture) only destroys it. Every Irishman and Scotsman should make it their duty to learn their ancestral language and teach it to as many of their countrymen as they can, especially now when preservation of the Folkway is of utmost importance.

Gorm the Old
Tuesday, September 26th, 2006, 02:34 AM
It would certainly be a good idea to study some widely used foreign language, however, Gaelic is not, or should not be, a foreign language to these students. It is their native language; English is the foreign language.

Unless they wish to repudiate their identity as Scots and merely be English men and women who happen to live in Scotland, they ought to retain those aspects of their heritage which identify them as Scots, most especially, the Gaelic.

If Germany succeeds in taking over leadership of the EU, as they appear to intend to do, it might be best for Scottish school children to study German as a foreign language. This may become very important in the Fourth Reich, er, excuse me, European Union.

Atavus
Thursday, October 5th, 2006, 08:11 PM
England needs to get its ass out of the EU

Sigurd
Friday, October 6th, 2006, 12:42 AM
England needs to get its ass out of the EU

Umm...you wouldn't mind me asking what England's membership of the EU has got to do with Scottish pupils being taught Gaelic. Yes, I understand it has been briefly mentioned by Egil in this thread; but I am curious why you come into this topic and just give that comment without expanding upon it. *shrugs*

PS: Don't take this as offensive, mate. Just wondering. ;)