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Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s Club Irise was set up for anyone with an interest in Gaelic Medium Education or immersion education at all levels – from pre-school, primary, secondary or university – and who seek opportunities to engage in further professional learning.

At each session, a lecturer from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig or other educational expert delivers a short presentation (approximately 20 minutes) on papers from research literature related to immersion education. That research is then discussed in the context of Gaelic Medium Education. Below are the recordings from previous years.


We are running a series of four online seminars between February and May 2023.

2023 DATES

Thursday, 23 February 2023
Thursday, 23 March 2023
Thursday, 20 April 2023
Thursday, 18 May 2023

Tickets are free, and all sessions begin at 7.30pm. To book your place, click on the Eventbrite button below.


Series 3, Session 1 – 23 February 2023, 7.30pm

Piers Messum and Roslyn Young. 2021. “Teaching students to pronounce English: a motor skill approach in the classroom.”

Dr Tim Armstrong, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig

Series 3, Session 2 – 23 March 2023, 7.30pm

Ní Aogáin, S., & Ó Duibhir, P. (2022). Ó theoiric go cleachtas: Aiseolas ceartaitheach i mbunscoileanna lán-Ghaeilge. Teanga, 29, 80-106. 

Iain Taylor

Series 3, Session 3 – 20 April 2023, 7.30pm

Met, M (2009) Paying Attention to Language: Literacy, Language and Academic Achievement. In T. W. Fortune and D. J. Tedick (eds.). Pathways to Multilingualism: Evolving Perspectives on Immersion Education. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 49-71. 

Dr Mary Andrew

Series 3, Session 4 – 18 May 2023, 7.30pm

“Going For A Song: Supporting Language Acquisition in Gaelic 0-3 Groups”

Lisa MacDonald


1.1 – Dr Tim Armstrong

Aisling Ní Dhiorbháin & Pádraig Ó Duibhir, 2017, “An explicit-inductive approach to grammar in Irish-medium immersion schools”

1.2 – Gwen MacQuarrie

Wenying Zhou and Guofang Li, (2017) “The Effects of Shared Singing Picture Book Instruction on Chinese Immersion Kindergarteners’ Spoken Vocabulary Recall and Retention”

1.3 – Roddy Neithercut

Areles Gallegos, 2017, “Using Explicit Instruction of Spanish Past-Tense Verb Conjugations in a Spanish Immersion Classroom”

1.4 – Shona Cormack

Monson, K., 2019, “Teaching Grammar Through Music”

1.5 – Anne Thirkell

Lyster, Roy, 2018, “Content-based language teaching”

2.1 – Seonaidh Charity

Grin, F. (2016) ‘Challenges of Minority Languages’

2.2 – Kirsty MacDougall

‘Gaelic Scotland and Ireland: Issues of class and diglossia in an evolving social landscape’ (2015)

2.3 – Professor Meg Bateman

Dorian, N. (2018) ‘Speaking Gaelic: Cò tha di-beathte?’

2.4 – Dr Tim Armstrong

Cammarata and Tedick 2012. “Balancing content and language in instruction: The experience of immersion teachers.”

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