With support from the Gaelic Language Act Implementation Fund (GLAIF), Newbattle has been celebrating and promoting Gaelic language and culture for several years. See below for more details about what we have been doing.

Gaelic Development

Gill Turner is a consultant at Newbattle Abbey College. Our contract with Gill is that she develop the College’s Gaelic language and cultural programmes. Gill is a Gaelic learner.

Gaelic Language Learning

Newbattle Abbey College is running TWO Gaelic courses starting 25th April 2019

  • at St Thomas of Aquin’s RC High School at 6:30-8:00pm
  • at Tollcross Community Centre, Edinburgh at 10:00-11:30am

Cost: £40:00

The classes are designed to help you learn conversational Gaelic for use in everyday situations.

Improvers level – The courses are suitable for those who have done a beginners Gaelic course and who would like to build on that. You will extend your vocabulary, learn new verbs, (past and future tense), learn times and dates and do some basic conversation. Learning methods will include: help with pronunciation, language games, short conversations, a little grammar and some reading and writing.

The classes will run for 8 weeks finishing on the 13 June 2019.

The classes are suitable for adult learners.

To book a place on the course in either location, please contact Jackie Kane on jackiekane@newbattleabbeycollege.ac.uk, or phone 0131 663 1921.

Development of Celtic Studies courses

The college has developed:

  • National Certificate (NC) in Celtic Studies @ SCQF Level 6
  • Celtic Studies Access to HE (SWAP) @ SCQF Level 6

Both courses were developed in partnership with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. Gaelic language and culture feature prominently in this course. It commenced in September 2014. See website for more information.

Gaelic Family Learning Weekend on 11 and 12 May 2019

Gaelic Family Learning WeekendFor children and parents in Gaelic medium education. Come and experience a weekend packed full of activities to improve and develop your Gaelic. Free accommodation available for overnight stay (£30 booking fee applies).

Over the weekend you will have the chance to participate in:

  • Campfire storytelling
  • Field craft skills
  • Making a time machine to go back to living in medieval times
  • Making percussion instruments from sticks in Lord Ancrum’s Wood
  • Sing with Gilliebride Mac’Illemhaoil

Please click on the poster to view full details about the Gaelic Family Learning Weekend

Partnerships/Group memberships

The college is an active member of the following Gaelic networks:

  • City of Edinburgh Council Gaelic Language Implementation Group
  • National Gaelic Language Strategy Group
  • Gaelic Local Authority Network