A new project aimed at revitalising Gaelic language for lapsed speakers, as well as encouraging new learners, has received cross-party plaudits from MSPs from the Scottish Parliament.
The new project, called SpeakGaelic, is a collaborative effort between MG ALBA, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and the BBC that aims ‘to transform the uptake and usage of Gaelic by providing a clear, comprehensive and integrated structure for Gaelic language learning.’
Learners have the option to be taught through a SpeakGaelic course, self-guided through a dedicated SpeakGaelic website, learn through BBC ALBA and BBC Radio nan Gàidheal media content, and also benefit from SpeakGaelic social media.
Highlands and Islands Regional MSP Donald Cameron, a long-time advocate for the promotion and preservation of Gaelic language, has welcomed SpeakGaelic by tabling a Parliamentary motion.
Donald Cameron MSP said:
“I welcome the fact that MG ALBA, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and the BBC have come together to deliver a game-changing learning tool that doesn’t just help new learners of Gaelic language, but lapsed learners too.
“I believe passionately in promoting Gaelic language as it is a key part of our cultural identity, and I believe that SpeakGaelic will play a major role increasing the number of Gaelic speakers going forward”.
Iseabail Mactaggart, Chair of the SpeakGaelic project board, said:
‘The excitement and anticipation felt as we launched SpeakGaelic demonstrates the need for this new, wide-ranging approach to learning Gaelic. The comprehensive nature of the learning materials means there really is something for everyone, and the user can choose the best way for them to achieve their SpeakGaelic goals. We welcome the support of the Scottish Parliament members through this motion and look forward to encouraging any members who wish to start their SpeakGaelic journey.’
Donald's motion can be found below.
That the Parliament congratulates the SpeakGaelic team on its successful project launch of the most comprehensive approach to learning Gaelic for a generation; recognises that SpeakGaelic supports learners of Gaelic, as well as providing an opportunity for lapsed speakers to reignite their Gaelic skills; welcomes the multiplatform approach to SpeakGaelic, which offers a range of digital media learning options to allow participants to choose their own approach to learning; endorses the partnership approach adopted by MG ALBA, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and the BBC, which demonstrates the opportunities achievable through collaboration, and sends its best wishes to everyone who is embarking on their SpeakGaelic learning experience.