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Public consultation on Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s Gaelic Language Plan

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI, the National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture, today published its Gaelic Language Plan, giving the public an opportunity to give feedback on the plan.

Sabhal Mòr, along with a number of other colleges and universities, was requested by Bòrd na Gàidhlig to prepare a plan under the auspices of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005. The Plan was created by the College’s Language Development Officer and other college staff who are expert in the field of language development and planning. The Plan builds on the College’s original Language Policy and strengthens Gaelic usage among students and staff at the College.

Tha College Principal, Professor Boyd Robertson, said:’The founding philosophy of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig was to establish an all-Gaelic learning environment, an all-Gaelic workplace and an all-Gaelic community. The Language Plan clearly defines the current developments to augment the status and usage of Gaelic and how the College’s Gaelic environment can be strengthened.

‘We hope that this Language Plan will set a good example to other groups and that people will take this opportunity to send us their feedback on our Language Plan.’

The Chief Executive of Bòrd na Gàidhlig, John Angus MacKay, said:’Sabhal Mòr Ostaig has earned a reputation as a national institution of excellence for Gaelic in Scotland and it would be correct and fair for the College to set a good example of learning and language usage in all circumstances. Both policy and planning are important in bringing this to fruition. We welcome this process and we look forward to seeing the conclusions reached.’

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s Gaelic Language Plan will be submitted to Bòrd na Gàidhlig on the 31st October 2011. The Plan and evaluation form are available on the College’s website and the public will have the opportunity to submit their opinion on the Plan until that date.

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