Miss Kellow – Secondary Teacher of Gaelic
Galic Education Award WINNER 2022
Young Gaelic Ambassador 2023
Gaelic Education Award FINALIST 2023
The aim of the BGE courses is to build on work done in primary school through an overview of language skills. These skills are carefully related to tasks which fulfil the Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes. It is important to establish a sound understanding of how the language works at this stage, especially if a pupil intends to study the language further. A gentle introduction to Gaelic literature is also essential and is very conducive to exploring associated cultural and historical themes.
Pupils throughout the BGE are offered a range of extra-curricular activities including sports, drama, school trips and FilmG.
First year Gàidhlig in Dunoon Grammar School aims to build pupil’s confidence with their use of Gaelic and to continue promoting an immersive environment, which they experienced in primary school. Specific attention is put on improving their spelling, vocabulary and pronunciation skills through a variety of topics that involve assessment in all four skills: reading, writing, listening and talking. To aid in this transition, some topics are aligned with English so pupils can begin to make connections between both languages and support them in developing their skills.
Individual Talk Assessment
Personal and Creative Writing
Gaelic and the Landscape (introduction to Gaelic Poetry)
Discursive Group Talk Assessment
Listening and Close Reading Tasks
Second year Gàidhlig begins to introduce more challenging skills such as analysis and creation. Pupils are further introduced to the history of Gaelic and the connection they have to the language. Again, some units studied focus on the same skills as the partner English unit so pupils are improving on their close reading and understanding simultaneously. Pupils also begin to work on their grammar and vocabulary to gain knowledge of the structure of the language and to increase challenge in their work.
Advertising (introduction to more challenging literacy techniques)
Novella/ Short Story Study (introduction to features of short stories)
Poetry Study (introduction to literacy techniques)
Listening and Close Reading Tasks
Group Talk Assessment
Vocabulary and Grammar Tasks
Third year brings a combination of creative and structured topics with a large focus on media. Pupils receive independence and freedom to choose topics that interest them during the Class Podcast and School Radio Programme Units. Third year Gaelic provides opportunity for inter-disciplinary learning and allows them to experience Gaelic in a real-world setting. Pupils begin to explore the benefits Gaelic has in the World of Work and receive inputs from external partners and gain an understanding of what Gaelic can offer them in Senior Phase and beyond education.
Class Podcast Unit with Individual Talk Assessment
Gaelic Radio Programme Unit & Interview Skills
Themed Poetry Unit focusing on literacy techniques & analysis
Gaelic in the New World (Gaelic & Canada Unit)
Short Story Study focusing on features of a short story
World of Work (Gaelic) Unit
Grammar and Vocabulary Tasks
Throughout the BGE Phase pupils receive fortnightly short close reading homework based on a variety of topics. Pupils receive close reading homework based on their current working grade and provides them with the opportunity to allow them to continuously build on their comprehension and analysis of written Gaelic texts. Close reading homework is to be submitted on a bi-weekly basis to English so as their workload does not get overwhelming.
Pupils who complete the S3 CfE Gaelic course may progress to National 4 or National 5 in S4 depending on ability.