Archive for November, 2012


Community Resource

November 2, 2012

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig works closely with Hebridean communities where Gaelic is spoken, in order to maintain a close link between its academic activities and the vernacular language. And through the Guthan nan Eilean/Island Voices project that interest is bilingual, extending to encompass English development activities led by the college’s community training partner, Cothrom.

A third partner in the project is the community newspaper, Am Pàipear, which provides an outlet for “User Generated Content” produced by local residents in either language. The paper’s website hosts a “Guthan: Voices” page for the publication of pieces of “captured language”, be it in text, audio, or video format. And Clilstore now enables any language teacher searching for “authentic materials” to add an additional layer of functionality to ease the comprehension task for their learners – the famed access to online dictionary reference. Here are a couple of examples from recent Am Pàipear posts.

“Whale Song” is a piece of creative writing in English read aloud by its author, Peter Kerr.

“Puirt-à-beul” features traditional Gaelic singing for dancing, filmed by Holly Gibb.


November 1, 2012

Some seasonal cheer… Remember – all the Island Voices videos are now available on Clilstore!

Island Voices - Guthan nan Eilean

Last night, on Hallowe’en, as countless clocks ticked and tocked their way through the world’s revolving hours of dizzying darkness, something cyberspatial went “click”…

And this morning the Island Voices YouTube channel displays an interesting statistic – over 50,000 views of Island Voices Videos!

Top of the all-time list comes Norman Maclean’s fascinating conversation with Archie Mackay on Creativity and Values – part of the Series Two Enterprise English collection. But there’s been an interesting upsurge across the board over the last couple of months, with the Gaelic Documentary on Catching Razorfish (from the Series Two Outdoors collection) making a very strong showing – particularly in the USA. It’s now third on the all-time list – and catching up fast!

Should we be making preparations for a seasonal influx from the States of Gaelic-learning razorfish catchers? Spooky thought…

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