SABHAL MÒR OSTAIG GAELIC PLAN 2017–22
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig has great pleasure in presenting this, the second Gaelic Plan produced by the College. Sabhal Mòr Ostaig has a key role in the Gaelic world as the National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture and as an academic partner in the University of the Highlands and Islands. Language regeneration is Sabhal Mòr’s raison d’être and Gaelic is at the heart of the College.
This plan has been prepared simultaneously with the College’s new Strategic Plan (2017–22) and with Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s third National Gaelic Language Plan (2017–22), and the three documents are interlinked. As the National Centre for Gaelic and the primary centre for language acquisition and usage, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig has the capability to deliver many of the aims of the National Plan. With a highly-experienced and skilled workforce and with unrivalled facilities, we are well-equipped to strengthen the position of the language in education, the arts, the media, within communities and in economic development.
We employ Gaelic as the everyday language of the workplace, as the medium of communication and as the medium of teaching, learning, research and training. Each course the College offers is taught in Gaelic, something that differentiates us from any other third-level educational provider in the country. The College has a strong and robust Gaelic policy based on language-planning principles and guidelines, and we have an infrastructure in place which allows that policy to be given effect.
This new plan describes how Sabhal Mòr Ostaig deploys the language at present and sets out what we intend to do in the future to enhance the profile and usage of the language. There is a section in the plan that specifies how we intend to extend the courses and modules we already offer. Although Sabhal Mòr Ostaig has a national and international reputation, we recognise the value of partnerships and collaboration and we shall work closely with national and local government, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, and other public bodies and institutions to realise our aspirations and to put this new Gaelic Plan into practice.