Sgioba G

Each Fèis gives its participants the opportunity to learn and use Gaelic in a fun and enjoyable way using the ‘Sgioba Gàidhlig’ selection of interactive activities and games.

Through these activities, Fèis participants unfamiliar with the Gaelic language and intermediate learners are taught a range of useful Gaelic words and phrases.  Fluent Gaelic speakers are also catered for with games and activities, which aim to build their confidence in the language and  encourage conversational Gaelic with their peers.

A Fèis will usually allocate around 30 minutes per day for each Sgioba G  session, enough time to provide at least two to three activities.
Follow on sessions during the week can incorporate games and activities to revise and consolidate the vocabulary taught.

Partipants are organised beforehand by the Fèis committee into manageable class sizes according to age and Gaelic language ability.  Gaelic language ability should be specified in the Fèis registration forms.
Team G group leaders chosen by the Fèis are usually made up of  tutors fluent in Gaelic or intermediate learners who are willing to deliver a Team Gaelic session in addition to their responisibilities as tutors.
Leaders not fluent in the language needn’t  be concerned.  For learner groups, the activities and games are delivered in English and the pronunciation of the words and phrases in the activity packs shouldn’t be a challenge to intermediate learners.

The numbers of Team G leaders and the kinds of activities used will vary depending on the numbers of participants and the teaching spaces available at the venue used by the Fèis.  For larger groups two Team Gaelic leaders may be required.
The vocabulary used in each activity can be provided before the beginning of the Fèis to give group leaders time to familarise themselves with the activities, vocabulary and ask for assistance in pronunciation if required.

Where a Fèis has a mix of Gaelic and non Gaelic participants provision should be made so that leaders fluent in Gaelic to are free to lead the fluent groups.

It is important the Team Gaelic activities are delivered with confidence and enthusiasm for the Gaelic language with fun guaranteed.

Tutors with no experience interested in delivering the activities are encouraged to shadow more experienced leaders during the week.

Cothroman trèanaidh | Training Opportunities
Fèisean nan Gàidheal can provide training sessions for Fèis committee members and tutors interested in delivering the Team G activities.  If your Fèis committee would benefit from a training session or if you’re a tutor and would to participate in a training session please register your interest by contacting Angus Macleod at the Fèisean nan Gàidheal office in Inverness by e-mail at or by phoning 01463 225 559.

Cur-seachadan ‘s geamaichean | Activities and Games
Fèisean nan Gàidheal have gathered together a collection of language based activities and games based on a variety of topics e.g.

  • Introductions
  • Numbers
  • Colours
  • The body
  • Clothing
  • Shopping

Vocabulary and resources to aid the delivery of the activities and games can also be provided e.g. flashcards

Once you’ve  registered your interest to lead Team G activities you will be forwarded a link to the Team Gaelic resources.

If you’ve any questions about the delivery of activites or games feel free to get in touch.
Your own suggestions for games and activites would be much appreciated and can be added to the resource to benefit other Fèisean.

Here’s an example of how Team Gaelic has been delivered at Fèis Lochabair:

A look at Team Gaelic at Fèis Lochabair

Team Gaelic has been part of the Fèis Lochabair’s week-long Fèis since the scheme started, and in 2011 and 2012 a member of Fèisean nan Gàidheal staff was involved in the delivery of Team Gaelic classes at the Fèis.

Team Gaelic sessions at Fèis Lochabair are generally around 35 minutes long, and participants are usually divided into groups according to language level and age, meaning that there will be 6 or 7 groups; older and younger beginners, older and younger intermediates, and older and younger fluent speakers. Different activities are provided for the differing levels.

Although a member of Fèisean nan Gàidheal staff was in charge of organising the classes, all other tutors were also involved in their implementation. Fluent tutors oversaw the classes, while other tutors helped out as assistants.

Each day provided new activities for the children, and on the final day everyone was involved in a quiz which allowed tutors to tell whether or not the participants had been paying attention!

Fèisean nan Gàidheal is continually updating the resources we have available for Team, and we have made great use of the materials produced for the Language Support service.

On top of Fèisean, we have used the Team Gaelic model in other situations, including adult learning situations and with community and school groups etc.

Curriculum for Excellence Outcomes

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