Regeneration of Gaelic adult learning

A report into Gaelic adult learning in Glasgow has revealed more people than ever before are interested in learning the language.

The report was commissioned by Glasgow City Council and undertaken by academics at Glasgow Caledonian University and the University owith the support of funding from Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

Amongst the recommendations of the report were that a wider geographical spread of Gaelic classes be held throughout the city and that a dedicated Gaelic learners’ website be established to allow for up to the minute and easy accessibility to information about classes and cultural events.

The project was carried out by Dr Douglas Chalmers and Dr Lindsay Milligan of the University’s Division of Cultural Business and by Professor Mike Danson of the University of the West of Scotland, and involved extensive consultation with practitioners, participants and those with an interest in Gaelic adult learning in the city and beyond.

According to the 2001 Census, 10% of Scotland’s Gaelic speakers live in the City of Glasgow, the largest number outwith the Western Isles. The local authority has a strong commitment to Gaelic and wrote in their Gaelic Language Plan 2009 – 2012 that by 2020, the place of Gaelic in a thriving, multicultural Glasgow will be obvious to all.

Chief Researcher Dr Lindsay Milligan said: “This report has revealed that more people than ever before are interested in learning Gaelic and that the City of Glasgow will have a key role in its regeneration. There is a good infrastructure already within the city but some key gaps need filled, and if this happens then we are confident that by the year 2020 Gaelic will be heard to a greater extent in the streets of the city and beyond.”

Gaelic classes are currently provided by a number of organisations in Glasgow including Glasgow University, Glasgow Life and Deiseal.