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Gaelic in Scotland

pre-primary education

primary education

secondary education

 

Glasgow Gaelic School

Glasgow Gaelic School

Onthank Primary School

Onthank Primary School



 

Glasgow Gaelic School

 

Contactperson

Donalda McComb

E-mail

 

 

Website

www.glasgowgaelic.glasgow.sch.uk/

Total number of teachers

32

Total number of pupils

451

Languages taught as subject

Gaelic, French, English

Languages of instruction

Gaelic, English

Languages used outside formal lessons

Gaelic, English

Skills trained in the minority language

Reading, listening, speaking, writing and mediation (= all sorts of communication in which a language user acts as an intermediate, e.g. translation, paraphrase, summary)

Availability of the teaching material

Reasonable; we have an inter-authority resource production base. The funding is allocated by the Scottish Government and resources are produced depending on priorities and sector.

Quality of the teaching material

Good, we now have resources that are of the same quality as resources available in English.

Developers of the teaching material

Teachers in the school or colleagues;
Translations or adaptations from other languages;
Publishing houses.

Remarks

Our main problems relate to staffing and recruitment. We face a lack of suitably qualified experts e.g. psychologists, speech and language therapists.

Onthank Primary School

 

We use the minority language as...

We use the minority language of our region as medium of instruction (to teach subjects other than the language itself such as mathematics gymnastics history etc.)

Level of education

Pre-school (=pre-compulsory) and Primary

Name of the school

Onthank Primary School

Town

kilmarnock

Country

United Kingdom

Contact person

denise maccoll

Role contact person in school

principle teacher

E-mail address of the school

denise.maccoll@east-ayrshire.gov.uk

E-mail adress of contact person

(if different from above)

Total number of teachers

3

Total number of pupils

30

Pupils aged

from 3 to 12

Minority language(s) in your region

Gaelic Scots

Languages taught as a subject in your school

french

In case of different languages as a subject, what is the division between them (e.g. in percentages or hours per week)

1hr in upper primary each week

Languages of instruction used in your school

Gaelic

Languages used outside formal lessons (in the school yard etc)

English

Skills trained in the minority language:

reading

Skills trained in the minority language:

listening

Skills trained in the minority language:

speaking

Skills trained in the minority language:

writing

What is your opinion of the availability of teaching material in/of the minority language?

Reasonable

Please explain

There is now a growing amount of material though it tends to be translated from english which can cause difficulties

What is your opinion of the quality of teaching material in/of the minority language?

Reasonable

Please explain

as above

Who develops the teaching material used in your school (multiple options possible)?

translations or adaptations from other languages

Does your school have any contacts with (another) school(s) abroad? If so, please describe the kind of contact or activities

none at present

Main problem regarding minority language education

the lack of teaching staff and opportunities to speak out with the school setting creates a difficulty. A curriculum based on the majority language

Possible solutions

A modified curriculum based initially on talking and listening activities.

Which are themes in the field of minority language education/multilingual education which you would like to address in joint (European) projects with other schools?

Curriculum development for immersion settings


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