Dunoon Grammar School is a co-educational non-denominational comprehensive school. It covers all stages from S1 to S6.

Our school offers Gaidhlig Medium Education from S1 - S6 and the subject of Gaidhlig from BGE (S1 - S3) up to Advanced Higher level. 

You can download our Gaelic Rationale by clicking here.

BGE (S1 - S3):

The aim of the BGE courses is to build on work done in primary school through an overview of language skills. These skills are carefully related to tasks which fulfill Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes. It is important to establish a sound understanding of how the language works at this stage, especially if a pupil intends to study the language further. A gentle introduction to Gaelic literature is also essential and is very conducive to exploring associated cultural and historical themes.  

Pupils throughout the BGE are offered a range of extra-curricular activities including sports, drama, school trips and FilmG, the annual Gaelic film competition.

National 4/National 5 Gàidhlig:

Pupils normally study National 4 or National 5 in S4, S5 or S6. The courses build on pupils' experiences at BGE and help them to develop a deeper understanding of Gaelic literature. The N4/N5 courses are closely linked to English in that there is a focus on critical essay and close reading skills. The Gàidhlig course also allows pupils to develop their listening, talking and discursive essays skills and pupils are assessed on all the above elements during the unit assessment and AVU (N4) or the course assessment and assignment (N5) .

Pupils throughout the N4/N5 courses are offered a range of extra-curricular activities including sports, drama, school trips and FilmG, the annual Gaelic film competition.

Higher Gàidhlig:

Pupils normally study Higher in S5 or S6.

 

The Higher Gàidhlig Course develops learners’ ability to listen, read, talk and write in Gaelic, and to understand, analyse and evaluate texts in the contexts of literature, language, media and culture. Learners develop the ability to create and produce texts and to apply knowledge of language, and develop knowledge and understanding of Gaelic cultural heritage and the cultural heritage of others.

 

The final exam consists of a close reading paper, listening paper, writing paper (literature essay) and talking exam; the talking exam takes place in March, before the main exam diet.

 

Higher pupils are eligible to take part in BT Deasbad Alba, the Gaelic Schools Debate which takes place in Stornoway each year and has a very positive impact on pupils’ talking skills and in also FilmG, the annual Gaelic film competition. Higher pupils are also offered a range of extra-curricular activities including sports, drama and school trips.

 

More information about Higher Gàidhlig can be found on the SQA subject page.

 

http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47906.html

Advanced Higher:
 

The Advanced Higher Gàidhlig Course gives learners the opportunity to develop and apply, at an advanced level, the language skills of translation and interpretation through an in-depth study of Gaelic language and literature. 

The final exam consists of practical criticism, literature essay, discursive essay, writing on a unseen stimuli and a translation paper as well as a talking exam (which takes place in February before the main exam diet). There is no listening exam at this level.

 

Advanced Higher pupils are eligible to take part in BT Deasbad Alba, the Gaelic Schools Debate which takes place in Stornoway each year and has a very positive impact on pupils’ talking skills and in FilmG, the annual Gaelic film competition. Advanced Higher pupils are also offered a range of extra-curricular activities including sports, drama and school trips.

 

More information about Advanced Higher Gàidhlig can be found on the SQA subject page.

 

http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/48454.html