Language Plan and Policy
A Gaelic Environment at the Heart of the Community
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig is an extraordinary place. It is not just a Gaelic college , but also a Gaelic business. We not only offer a range of exciting courses through the medium of Gaelic, we are also working to create a completely Gaelic environment at the College, promoting Gaelic as a strong and vibrant spoken language in the 21st century.
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig has a Language Policy in place to ensure that everyone uses Gaelic at all times to the best of their ability. We are here in the interest of Gaelic in order to strengthen our language to the level of other strong and vibrant modern languages. At Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, you will not only use Gaelic in class, but your whole life at the College will be in Gaelic, from buying stamps and using the library to playing sports and hanging out with friends. Not everyone is fully fluent when they arrive at the College, and some students may already know each other and are used to speaking English to each other and will have to switch to Gaelic. However, every year students come to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and successfully use Gaelic throughout the day, making new friends in the language and greatly improving their fluency at the same time.
Our Gaelic Development Officer works closely with the students to help achieve the goals of our Language Policy. Now we also have a Language Plan which helps us implement our policy. We are proud to have such a strong and progressive Language Plan which aims to create a place that protects our language and a place in which people feel comfortable and confident to speak Gaelic all the time, at work and in their student lives. Students are also asked to sign a contract in which they promise to use Gaelic all the time, so we can all expect a fully Gaelic environment. This is something we all create together as a team, giving all students the best possible learning environment and giving Gaelic its rightful place as the language of our Gaelic college, our culture and our country.
Join us and take part in our lively and optimistic Gaelic community here at Ionad Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig!