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Undergraduate Course: Education and Gaelic in Scotland (EDUA10187)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to build upon the theoretical and practical understandings developed across the Primary Studies and Educational Studies courses. It articulates with the Primary Studies 3 course, which places a strong emphasis on supporting students to make sense of their learning through practice and for practice and the Professional Experience and Practice placement course. The course aims to provide students with theoretical understandings and practice, embedded in school experience, of the teaching Gaelic as a language and teaching the curriculum through the medium of Gaelic. Additionally, the course aims to develop their understanding of the relevant legislation, policies and practices that create an inclusive school culture which supports the learning needs of all pupils, and to support students to reflect on their own emerging professional identities as Gaelic-medium practitioners and the wider factors that influence this.
Course description The course is designed to build upon previous learning across the Primary Studies and the Educational Studies courses and develop these in relation to the Gaelic-medium education primary context. The course aims to equip students with the core knowledge and skills required for working within the Gaelic-medium context: in relation to curriculum, pedagogies and professional identities.
Key concepts to be focused on will include immersion pedagogy, the development of bi-literacy and creating inclusive classroom contexts to meet the needs of all pupils. Students will also be asked to reflect on their emerging professional identities as Gaelic-medium education practitioners.
The course is situated in the current policy context, while giving a necessary historical overview within which to locate current priorities and to develop these in relation to the Gaelic-medium primary education context. The course draws on theoretical perspectives to develop students, learning for practice and articulates with the students' learning in the Professional Experience and Practice course which runs in parallel with the Education and Gaelic in Scotland Course.
Although the focus of first and second language development is firmly located in the Scottish Gaelic-medium education sector, other minority language contexts, with a wider research literature, will be drawn on.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the history and development of Gaelic-medium primary education in Scotland and an understanding of first and second language development with particular reference to minority/ majority language contexts.
  2. Develop a critical understanding of immersion education and bilingual pedagogy.
  3. Examine and evaluate the distinctive features of curriculum and assessment in immersion education settings.
  4. Reflect on their own emerging professional identities as Gaelic-medium practitioners and the wider factors that influence this.
  5. Develop an understanding of the relevant legislation, policies and practices that create an inclusive school culture which supports the learning needs of all pupils.
Reading List
Curricular policy:
Curriculum for Excellence Literacy and Gidhig: Principles and Practice
https://education.gov.scot/Documents/literacy-gaidhlig-pp.pdf

Curriculum for Excellence Literacy and Gidhlig: Experiences and Outcomes
https://www.education.gov.scot/Documents/literacy-gaidhlig-eo.pdf

Curriculum for Excellence Literary Across Learning: Principles and Practice
https://education.gov.scot/Documents/literacy-across-learning-pp.doc

Education Scotland (2015) Advice on Gaelic Education. Livingston: Education Scotland.
https://education.gov.scot/improvement/Documents/Gael3-Advice-on-Gaelic-Education-Eng.pdf

Literature:

Cook, V. (2016) Second Language Learning and Language Teaching. 5th Edition. London: Routledge.

Genesee, F. (2013) 'Insights into Bilingual Education from Research on Immersion Programmes in Canada' in Abello-Contesse, C., Chandler, P.M., Lpez-Jimnez, M.D. Chacn-Beltrn, R. (Eds.) Bilingual and Multilingual Education in the 21st Century: building on experience. Bristol: Multilingual Matters. pp.24-41.

Met, M. (2008) 'Paying attention to language: literacy, language and academic
achievement' in Fortune, T.W. & Tedick, D.J. (Eds.) Pathways to Multilingualism:
evolving perspectives on immersion education. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters

Garca, O. (2009) Bilingual Education in the 21st Century: A Global Perspective. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell. (Chapters 13-15).

Sachs, Judith (2003) The Activist Teaching Profession. Buckingham: Open University Press

Please also see Course LEGANTO reading list (on Course LEARN page).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. search for, evaluate and use information to develop their knowledge and understanding
2. be independent learners who take responsibility for their own learning, and are committed to continuous reflection, self-evaluation and self-improvement
3. be able to make decisions on the basis of rigorous and independent thought, taking into account ethical and professional issues
4. use communication as a tool for collaborating and relating to others
5. have the confidence to make decisions based on their understandings and their personal and intellectual autonomy
6. be able to flexibly transfer their knowledge, learning, skills and abilities from one context to another

Additional Class Delivery Information 10 Lectures
10 Tutorials
KeywordsGaelic medium education,learners,bilingual education,immersion pedagogy,bi-literacy,inclusion
Contacts
Course organiserMr John Joe MacNeil
Tel: (0131 6)51 6203
Email: johnjoe.macneil@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Lorraine Nolan
Tel: (0131 6)51 6571
Email: Lorraine.Nolan@ed.ac.uk
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