Glasgow City Council to deliver a third series of Gaelic classes to all employees

Fèisean nan Gàidheal and Glasgow City Council are delighted to be working together once again on delivering a third series of Gaelic sessions to employees of the council. Since 2021, the arts organisation has been offering free Gaelic language and culture sessions at various levels for employees of Glasgow City Council and the Glasgow Family of arms’ length external organisations, with funding from the council and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

Donald MacPhee, Gaelic Development Officer for the council, said:  “It’s important that our staff have a chance to learn Gaelic and appreciate that it is alive and well in Glasgow. We want to give them a great experience and we know that Fèisean nan Gàidheal will deliver that. They’re excellent at making learning fun so I’m sure everyone will enjoy these classes.”

These sessions are delivered online through Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s formal education service, Fèisgoil, with over two hundred having taken part previously, mentored by 14 engaging and encouraging tutors. 107 participants have registered for this series and the six-week course will take place from mid-February to the end of March. The new series starts to coincide with Seachdain na Gàidhlig.

Tutors will be following a variety of resources, among them the SpeakGaelic course, MG ALBA’s Gaelic-learning resource developed by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture based in Sleat, Isle of Skye. BBC programmes, podcasts and online resources accompany the learning to strengthen participants’ knowledge and engagement with the language outwith the sessions.

Shona MacLennan, CEO of Bòrd na Gàidhlig said:  “We are delighted to support this important project again which helps staff at Glasgow City Council learn Gaelic. This creates opportunities for people to learn and also contributes to the aims of the National Gaelic Language Plan that Gaelic is used more often, by more people in a wider range of situations.”

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