Sur­vey be­gins to drive Gaelic learn­ing

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A NEW sur­vey has been launched as part of re­search ex­am­in­ing the im­pact of Gaelic me­dia on learn­ing of the lan­guage.

The Big Gaelic Sur­vey, which has been com­mis­sioned by Bòrd na Gàidhlig and MG ALBA, is be­ing con­ducted in­de­pen­dently from the two or­gan­i­sa­tions by Meriel Young Con­sult­ing, a re­search con­sul­tancy based in Ed­in­burgh.

Three ques­tion­naires have been launched aimed at those with vary­ing lev­els of Gaelic pro­fi­ciency: Gaelic speak­ers, Gaelic learn­ers and those who are in­ter­ested in learn­ing Gaelic in the fu­ture.

Re­spon­dents can ac­cess the sur­vey by vis­it­ing the ded­i­cated web­site at www.the­big­gaelic­sur­vey.co.uk. Re­sponses should take no more than five min­utes to com­plete.

Among the top­ics raised in the ques­tion­naire are the im­pact of plat­forms such as BBC ALBA and BBC Ra­dio nan Gàid­heal, the avail­abil­ity and qual­ity of Gaelic learn­ing ma­te­ri­als, and the gaps that may ex­ist in re­sources to en­cour­age more peo­ple not only to learn Gaelic but im­prove their ap­ti­tude in the lan­guage.

Meriel Young, from the firm of con­sul­tants, said: ‘The re­search which has been com­mis­sioned by Bòrd na Gàidhlig and MG ALBA will help to in­form the fu­ture of Gaelic me­dia in forth­com­ing years.

‘We want to reach a wide range of re­spon­dents, from flu­ent Gaelic speak­ers to those who would like to learn the lan­guage but have yet to do so.

‘By reach­ing as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble, male and fe­male, young and old, we can en­hance the value of our find­ings.’

Iseabail Mac­tag­gart, di­rec­tor of strat­egy and part­ner­ship at MG ALBA, added: ‘ Our Lèirsinn 2021 strat­egy was launched last De­cem­ber with a five-year ob­jec­tive of trans­form­ing the con­tri­bu­tion of Gaelic me­dia to the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of the lan­guage.

‘This new in­de­pen­dently con­ducted re­search will en­able us to un­der­stand the role the me­dia play in Gaelic lan­guage learn­ing, from cra­dle to grave, and we are look­ing to hear opin­ions on what users feel they need to fur­ther de­velop their lan­guage skills.

‘Dig­i­tal me­dia is evolv­ing quickly and we must en­sure that we sup­port Gaelic lan­guage learn­ing, cap­i­tal­is­ing on new op­por­tu­ni­ties as they be­come avail­able.’

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