Gaelic-medium education – Key principles Language rich environment Emphasis on listening and talking at Early Level Total immersion up to P3 Children gradually start using language Teachers ensure Gàidhlig is the language of learning and communication
Increase knowledge of language structures and foster cultural awareness. Provision in stand-alone Gaelic-medium schools Immersion continued in Primary and Secondary
Taic airson Pàrantan Practical Support for Parents
Teachers in Gaelic Education Gaelic Medium Primary - 179; 149 (83%) composite classes - 18 Learning Support in 18 (of 60) schools - 36 other fluent teachers not teaching GME Gaelic in Secondary – Gaelic- 70 (36 Schools) - Others-38 speakers not teaching Gaelic - GME – 26 (14 Schools)
Benefits of Bi-lingualism - Lauchlan et al 2012 The results highlighted that the bilingual children (who speak Italian and Sardinian or English and Gaelic) scored significantly higher than the monolingual children (who spoke Italian only or English only) in two of the four cognitive ability sub-tests (Block Design and Vocabulary). Indeed, the Scottish bilingual children scored highest of the four groups in three of the four sub-tests (in all but Digit Span) and post hoc multiple comparisons revealed that they significantly outperformed the other groups in these three sub-tests (aside from the Blocks sub-test where they significantly outperformed the two monolingual groups but not the Sardinian bilinguals).