Gaelic beginners: module 1

Course Dates: 24/10/19 - 12/12/19
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: International House
Morag Traynor

Learn to speak Gaelic in this communicative course. Suitable for complete beginners. The course also provides an introduction to Gaelic culture, poetry and songs. Based on units 1-4 of the coursebook 'Teach Yourself Gaelic'.


What is the course about?

An introduction to the language and culture. The course aims to help you to establish and practise basic communication patterns and structures.

What will we cover?

Greetings, courtesies; giving and receiving personal details; weather; likes and dislikes; shopping.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- introduce and talk about yourself

- ask other people about themselves

- talk about what you like / don't like about London, food, music etc.

- carry out transactions in shops

- have encountered some Gaelic poetry and song.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Stage 1 course - Complete beginners - no previous knowledge or experience of Scottish Gaelic required.

For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self assessment chart at the start of the languages section of our course guide or at
You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and explanations, as well as read course documents, in English. You will need to be at ease with the use of numbers for daily activities (e.g. using money, telling the time, using the 24 hour clock, reading timetables). It would also be helpful if you had some knowledge of basic grammar terminology such as: a verb, a noun and conjugation.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course is based on the communicative approach:

- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate

Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Textbook: Teach Yourself Gaelic (Robertson & Taylor), Units 1-4.
Please try: The European Bookshop - (020 7734 5259).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

LE121 Gaelic beginners module 2. Please enrol as early as possible to avoid disappointment.


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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 13/12/2018)
The teacher was incredibly knowledgable about the Gaelic language and culture, and this insight was invaluable to me. I've tried to learn Gaelic online using what resources I could find but it doesn't compare to having a teacher who understands the complicated Gaelic pronunciation and process of lenition, and who has access to a number of Gaelic songs and poetry which aided my learning significantly.
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Review by Mhairc / (Posted on 10/12/2018)
It has been helpful to me and as far as I know is the only classroom based Scots Gaelic course available in England.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
I would definitely recommend the course to anyone with an interest in the language or culture. It has been a lot of fun.
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Review by Christian / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
A good and interesting course
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 21/11/2018)
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Course Code: LE101

Thu, eve, 24 Oct - 12 Dec '19

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £129.00
Concession: £79.00

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