Wednesday, 17 October 2012

"Crack the Code" with LearnGaelic at Mòd 2012

The partnership behind the web resource has today (Wednesday 17 October) announced a number of developments of the site including a new promotional campaign targeting Gaelic Learners. LearnGaelic with BBC An Là will provide two news clips chosen each week from BBC ALBA's An Là news programme. The video clips will be supported by translations and notes in English and text in Gaelic. Look@LearnGaelic has been developed by Mòr Media and targets learners at Intermediate and Advanced levels. Each week, over the course of a year, two new videos will be available on featuring a variety of styles, including monologues and interviews with experts and with Gaelic learners. Each video will have a choice of subtitles in English or Gaelic. The videos will be presented by Derek Mackay and Angela Smith. BBC ALBA will also highlight "Crack the Code with LearnGaelic" in its schedules beginning on 10 November through a series of specially produced trails. Alasdair Allan MSP Minister for Education, Learning and Skills (with responsibility for Gaelic & Scots) was in attendance at the Royal National Mod in Dunoon and said: “We must not lose sight of online activity as a means of developing Gaelic skills. I am very pleased to see the continuing evolution of and am very pleased to be able to invest an additional £20,000 into the site to produce additional online materials for learners of all ages. Learning Gaelic shouldn’t just be classroom-based and I hope to see attract new learners to its pages in the coming months.” Donald Campbell, Chief Executive of MG ALBA, said: “The opportunity to learn Gaelic should be extended as widely as possible and it’s wonderful to see develop new creative learning methods to inspire learners of the language. This welcome additional funding from the Government will help to ensure that Gaelic continues to enrich the lives of generations to come.” The "Crack the Code with LearnGaelic" campaign, which is being managed by Clì Gàidhlig, will also be supported by Moray Firth Radio on its Scottish Charts show, which can also be heard on a number of local Radio stations throughout Scotland, and from Hands Up for Trad who will be directing voters in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards to the site. which launched a year ago, is the result of a collaboration between Bòrd na Gàidhlig, MG ALBA, the BBC, the Board of Celtic Studies Scotland and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig with financial support from the Scottish Government.