What is the course about?
An introduction to the language. To establish and practise basic communication patterns and structures. An introduction to the culture.
What will we cover?
Talking about work and holidays; using the telephone; give and understand directions; tell a story; express opinions.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- use the telephone
- talk about your likes and dislikes
- tell the time and talk about plans
- recount things that have happened
- have encountered some Gaelic poetry and song
- have encountered online resources for Gaelic learning.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Stage 1 course - beginners - students should have completed Gaelic 1: Module 1, or have equivalent experience of Scottish Gaelic.
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 http://www.citylit.ac.uk/self-assess-your-level
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 5-8.
Please try: The European Bookshop - www.europeanbookshop.com (020 7734 5259).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Gaelic beginners module 3. Please enrol as early as possible to avoid disappointment.