Foghlam Meadhan Gàidhlig – Gaelic Medium Education
Tha Foghlam Meadhan Gàidhlig mar roghainn an taobh a-staigh foghlam ann an Alba a tha a’ toirt cothrom do chloinn agus do dhaoine òga a thighinn gu fileantachd ann an Gàidhlig. Mar a bhios clann agus daoine òga a’ gluasad bho ìre gu ìre, leanaidh iad orra a’ leasachadh an cuid fileantachd. Mar sin, tha iad a’ coileanadh amasan agus cinn-uidhe a’ Churraicealaim airson Sàr-mhathais uile agus a’ tairbheachadh bhuannachdan dà-chànanais.
Gaelic Medium Education is an option within Scottish education that gives children and young people an opportunity to become fluent in Gaelic. As children and young people move from stage to stage, they will continue to develop their fluency. In so doing, they also fulfill all the aims and goals of Curriculum for Excellence and accrue all the benefits of bilingualism.
More information on Gaelic Medium Education can be found here on the Education Scotland (Parentzone) website.
Highland Council also has a leaflet for parents thinking about Gaelic Medium education entitled Bilingualism – a lot more than two languages.
Don’t worry if you can’t speak any Gaelic – your child can still access Gaelic Medium Education!
Gaelic For Parents is a website to help you to help your child. The site is bursting with games, stories, audio and much more. There are sections devoted to all age groups from 0 to Primary 7. The Storyworld Reading Scheme that we use in school has audio recordings on the site – you’ll know if your child is reading the words correctly simply by listening to the book. There’s even a “homework help” section!
If you need an on-line dictionary, the Stor-data is very easy to use. Incidentally there are lots more pages to access in relation to Gaelic if you click on the tabs which you see at the top of the Stor-data page. The “Gàidhlig” tab links to a whole world of materials which some may find interesting.
BBC Scotland also have a great link page to access lots of Gaelic resources. Have a look to see what you can find.
If you are interested in learning some Gaelic yourself, there is lots to find on the internet. Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic college in Sleat (Isle of Skye) has a lot of good learning links which you can find here.
If you are considering Gaelic Medium Education for your child there is lots of information available on the internet. Some of the benefits of bilingualism are listed on the Bòrd na Gàidhlig website. You could find out more by asking at the school!