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Beartas Cainnt - Language Enrichment

Dates: 17/07/17 - 21/07/17
Price: £250 (£175 for students)
Tutor: Iain & Muireall Urchardan (John & Muriel Urquhart)
Eiligible for ILA funding: Yes

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We are pleased to be re-introducing Beartas Cainnt to our yearly programme, another learning opportunity for Gaelic speakers who have completed some or all of SMO levels 9, 10 and the Flodigarry Community course.

Beartas Cainnt is designed for advanced students who would like to enrich their understanding of the Gaelic language, and will concentrate on the vernacular as it is spoken in native communities. This will include proverbs, idiomatic expressions, metaphors and vocabulary, which otherwise might not be encountered in a formal learning environment.

The group will also work on creative language skills, with particular emphasis on discussion and application of new expressions in dynamic situations. Students are encouraged to contribute their own language experiences and interests to the course for group development.

Students should be able to speak, read and write Gaelic at a fairly advanced level, as this course will enhance both oral fluency and literacy. Students should contact the Short Courses team directly for advice if unsure about their level of fluency.

The course will be led by John Urquhart, (with a little help from his wife, Muriel!) who both have taught at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig for many years. Their classes have entertained both staff and full-time students, educating them on subjects such as idiomatic expressions, traditional sayings, vocabulary and short stories, and offering opportunities for conversations at an advanced level.

Born and raised in Harris, and a long-time resident of the Isle of Skye, John is not only a teacher and minister, but also an artist, writer and broadcaster. You can hear him on Rèidio nan Gàidheal, the welcoming host of the widely-respected programme for Gaelic learners, Beag air Bheag.

Entry requirements:

Participants should have completed SMO Short Course Levels 9 or 10 and/or the Flodigarry Community Course, or their equivalent elsewhere, and be able hold a detailed conversation using a wide variety of structures.