Welcome to the Gàidhlig/Gaelic page at Islay High School website. At Islay High School we teach both Native Speakers and Learners.
Gaelic is an important part of the heritage and culture of Scotland, but also, of the future. As a department we believe passionately that students are given the opportunity to engage with the language and culture of Gaelic, whether as native speakers or learners.
By doing so we feel that they are both appreciating learning to speak and appreciate the language and ultimately opening doors for a future outside of school.
For all Gaelic students, whether native or learner, we offer a range of activities, some run in partnership with Lynn NicDhòmhnaill from Comunnn na Gàidhlig. These include Film G, Duais Iain Muir (John Muir Award) and Bushcraft Sessions.
Gaelic is part of the Humanities Faculty and has one specialist teacher. Miss Reid and a language assistant Miss MacArthur.
Miss Reid is passionate about encouraging pupils to appreciate the value of learning Gaelic and uses a wide range of activities designed to challenge al students to achieve to their potential.
We currently offer the SQA’s Gaelic Leaners course from National 4 – Advanced Higher level.
The main purpose of the course is to enable students to develop the skills of reading,
listening, talking and writing in order to understand Gaelic.
The course offers candidates opportunities to develop and extend a wide range of skills. In
particular, the course aims to enable candidates to develop the ability to:
Read, listen, talk and write in a modern language
Apply knowledge and understanding of a modern language
The course contributes towards the development of literacy skills by providing candidates
with opportunities to read, listen, talk and write in a modern language, and to reflect on how
this relates to their use of English and other languages.
We currently offer the SQA’s Gàidhlig course from National 4 – Higher level.
The main purpose of the course is to provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills of reading, critical reading, listening, talking and writing in order to understand and use Gaelic language.
Building on literacy skills, the course develops an understanding of the complexities of language, including through the study of a wide range of texts. The course develops high levels of analytical thinking and understanding of the impact of language.
The course offers students opportunities to develop and extend a wide range of skills. In particular, the course aims to enable candidates to develop:
the ability to listen, read, talk and write in Gaelic, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context
the ability to understand, analyse and evaluate texts, as appropriate to purpose and audience in the contexts of literature, language, media and culture
the ability to create and produce texts, as appropriate to purpose, audience and context
the ability to apply knowledge of language
their knowledge and understanding of Gaelic cultural heritage and the cultural heritage of others
Our teachers offer assistance to all students at any point during the school day. We also offer Drop-In Session during lunchtime and after school on a Wednesday for any student who wishes extra time to revise the course content.