Council encourages Gaelic learners to chat

Published Date: 

10 Dec 2013 - 15:51

Argyll and Bute Council’s Gaelic Language Centre – Furan – is to host a series of informal conversation groups for learners.

Each session in the Oban- based centre will give Gaelic language learners an opportunity to speak in Gaelic to other learners. Each session will be led by a fluent Gaelic speaker who is there to correct grammar, pronunciation and increase each learner’s vocabulary through the addition of new words and phrases during each session.

The sessions are not curriculum-based. They simply give learners the opportunity to speak in Gaelic about subjects such as the news of the day, what they have been up to recently, their jobs, holidays, hobbies and so on.

The council’s Policy Lead for Community and Culture, Councillor Robin Currie, said, “The council is right behind the promotion of Gaelic language and culture and as a native speaker of the language myself I am very supportive of the setting up of the centre earlier this year. It builds on the classes are also taking place on Islay through Ionad Challuim Chille Ile (The Columba Centre).

“The learners group will encourage people to think on their feet. It is hugely important that people do not worry or get embarrassed about making mistakes with grammar and pronunciation. Even fluent speakers of the language make mistakes.

“I am also very conscious of the fact that not all of the Gaelic Centre’s activities should be Oban based and the possibility of rolling out some classes to elsewhere in Argyll and Bute is being looked at.”

The first learners’ session will be held in the Furan centre on Thursday 12 December from 7 – 8.45 pm and again on Saturday 14 December from 11 am – 12.45 pm.

For more information contact Duncan.MacNeil@argyll-bute.gov.uk