New opportunities for Gaelic teachers

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Bòrd na Gàidhlig are to fund the development of a new Gaelic language immersion course for teachers to increase the amount of teachers able to teach through the medium of the language.

It is hoped that the course will attract teachers who already have some ability in the language, and who are seeking to become fluent so as to enable them to peruse a career teaching through the medium of Gaelic.

The course will enable the secondment of teachers to attend Gaelic lessons and related studies. The development of the course structure will shortly be put out to public tender.

Short courses are already available to teachers that offer language learning support. One such course, Streap offers literacy improvement skills for teachers already competent in the language.

Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Skills and Learning, Science and Scottish Languages, said: “In order for fulfil our commitment to a sustainable future for Gaelic through education, we need the teachers to do it. This new programme will help train up a new set of teachers capable of taking Gaelic to a fresh generation.”

Head of Education and Learning at Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Mary MacMillan said: “We will need more teachers in every aspect of GME to meet the aims of the National Gaelic Language Plan. This course will be another step forward in increasing the number of Gaelic teachers and we look forward to working closely with the Scottish Government, Local Authorities, Universities and progressive educational establishments to bring this to fruition. There is both a need and an opportunity to train more teachers to meet the demands from the ever increasing numbers of pupils entering Gaelic-medium education. This has been identified as a key strategic priority of the National Gaelic Language Plan.”

This year will also see Bòrd na Gàidhlig advertising the opportunities of Gaelic teaching on STV. This is a first for Bòrd na Gàidhlig and it is hoped that it will raise the profile of the language as well as attracting attention to the career opportunities in Gaelic-medium education. The adverts will be broadcast on STV in December. The adverts will form part of a wider print and social media campaign to highlight the career opportunities.