Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Introduction to Scottish Gaelic Language and Literature
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery



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Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay on literary topic  (3,000 words)  40%
Semester Assessment Regular language exercises  (1,000 words)  20%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   40%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  (3,000 words)  40%
Supplementary Assessment ​Language exercise  (1,000 words)  20%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   40%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

​1. Display advanced technical knowledge of the main grammatical and syntactical points of Scottish Gaelic.

2. Employ advanced research skills in the area of Scottish Gaelic language and literature.

3. Read, with the help of a dictionary, various prose pieces in Scottish Gaelic from the eighteenth century to the present.

4. Demonstrate familiarity with certain aspects of Scottish Gaelic oral tradition, culture and literature.

5. Demonstrate mastery of the most basic elements of Scottish Gaelic.

Brief description

An introduction to the main features of Modern Scottish Gaelic language, and an introduction to some of the main literary genres of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.


This module will be taught in 42 sessions of 1 hour.

3 sessions per week will be devoted to the pronunciation, grammar and structure of Scottish Gaelic.

1 session per week will be devoted to the close reading and analysis of representative literary texts.

​2 sessions per semester will focus on subject-specific literary and/or textual topics aimed specifically at PG students.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Discuss grammatical issues in seminar; be able to explain grammatical errors in the assignments and exercises, and present and discuss items of literature.
Improving own Learning and Performance Development of skills such as managing workload, effective time management, and undertaking independent research.
Information Technology Students will make use of a number of online resources including dictionaries, and linguistic corpora, not only in translating material but also in assessing items of literature in terms of register and dialect.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will be encouraged to reflect on their performance and progress in language exercises and improve going forward. Students will gain an understanding of another linguistic and cultural context.
Problem solving Students will respond to the challenge of dealing with grammatical rues, and individual grammatical exercises.
Research skills Students will apply critical and analytical thinking to their reading and analysis of literary documents.
Subject Specific Skills Students will acquire new linguistic sills and specialist knowledge.
Team work Students will work together in group discussions, in putting together short sketches making use of their language skills.


This module is at CQFW Level 7