Fresh look at learning Gaelic

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Ahead of an ambitious project to attract more people to Gaelic, LearnGaelic has launched a redesigned website at the University of Glasgow as part of the Embracing change: The Future of Gaelic in a Global & Digital Age seminar for the Royal National Mod.

Created in 2011, LearnGaelic has become a constant companion for Gaelic learners, with tools and resources useful to all levels of Gaelic proficiency.

With 30,000 unique users currently visiting the site every month, this is expected to grow as a result of developments specifically designed to improve the learning experience.

Users will soon be able to quickly assess their own level of fluency to find the most suitable resources.

All levels of Gaelic learner are catered for, from absolute beginner to advanced fluency, and users can quickly and easily continue their learning journey straight from the website homepage.

LearnGaelic follows the new CLAG proficiency scale which will formally launch in early 2020. Developed by the University of Glasgow as part of the Soillse network and with support from Aberdeen University, the scale will help assess Gaelic speaking abilities for both learners and tutors and will help aid structured learning.

New videos have been produced for the website to aid pronunciation and also to inspire prospective learners to begin their own Gaelic learning adventure.

The site includes videos featuring learners who highlight different learning pathways, providing a roadmap for others who are beginning their journey into Gaelic.

LearnGaelic is a partnership of MG ALBA, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Bòrd na Ceiltis (Alba) as represented by Glasgow University, the BBC and other organisations with a role in promoting the use and learning of Gaelic. The site is operated by MG ALBA.

Donald Campbell, CEO of MG ALBA and chair of the LearnGaelic steering group, said: ‘LearnGaelic is already a valuable tool for users of Gaelic but now learners at every level will be able to call upon a wealth of resources in a structured and guided manner. Every single learner will have a fantastic opportunity to find resources for them.  This relaunch is a huge step in the right direction for the growth of Gaelic.’

Margaret Mary Murray, head of Gaelic Services at the BBC, said: ‘LearnGaelic is a fabulous resource for learners of all ages and stages and this refresh offers a systematic approach to learning and optimal convenience within a very attractive site.  As users of LearnGaelic grow in fluency, competency and confidence we will welcome and value contributions to, and interaction with, our broadcast services, BBC Radio nan Gaidheal and BBC ALBA.’

For more information visit: LearnGaelic.Scot and give Gaelic a go!


The LearnGaelic team, left to right, Scott Smyth, Iain Skaggs, Caitlin Russell, and Eilidh Lewsey. NO_C42gaelic01