S3 Gaelic Scilt Business Brunch

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Some S3 Gaelic and Modern Languages pupils attended a Business Brunch run by Scilt which aimed to encourage uptake of languages through the senior phase by emphasising some of the job opportunities languages bring. Some of the pupils have reflected on the day and the impact it has had on them.

Jamie

Yesterday we went to the Silt business brunch and heard from speakers from lots of different companies and some of their experiences with languages and how it helped them to get to where they are now.

It started with going round the stalls and asking each company questions about what they want to do.

Then after a talk from SCILT about the day, we went to see a speaker from Penta hotels, who was Hungarian and he spoke of the importance of languages as his language- Hungarian- has few speakers so learning more was very important. He was made to learn Russian as a child but he refused. However as an adult he was given the opportunity to work in Moscow but he couldn’t because he didn’t know the language. Overall, I learned the imporatance of language and to take opportunity when it comes.

Chloe

Yesterday, we went to this event called Scilt business brunch in the Kingsmills. It was an opportunity to learn what language could do for you in later life and how helpful it is for your CV and other things. I thought the day was very helpful some of it was very boring but it helped hearing what you could possibly do in life and the places you could go.

Everyone especially enjoyed the bacon and sausage rolls and tea and coffee. But the event was very good and I would recommend it for others to learn all about it.

Samuel

I really enjoyed yesterday at the business brunch as it was a beneficial event. I learned a lot about how languages can and potentially will be useful in businesses and the workforce. The business lunch, ran by Scilt for the third year languages was an event to try and aware the importance of languages in the workforce with businesses. The day was broken up with the market place stalls and the general presentations. I really enjoyed learning about the stalls and I also appreciated the stall members trying their hardest to ask the pupils including me and our questions about how Gaelic would be useful in the workforce. I now feel more than ever how important languages are for especially employment in the workforce. I had made up a lot of Gaelic based questions and all the stalls managed to answer my keen questions. The presentations were also helpful and made me realise the imporatance of Gaelic now and if I was to take my studies further. The day was well prepared and organised which was beneficial to everyone who took part in the day. The tea, coffee, cakes and food prepared was very nice which gave us even more chance to speak to one another about Gaelic language and general languages. BBC Alba was the most important and interesting personally as it was basically set on the Gaelic language. Seonaidh MacKenzie was huge help for us learning about how Gaelic is so important for his company and in general. In BBC Alba alone employment would occur much easier if you could speak Gaelic. BBC News for example has camera men, weather people and technology assisting people which pretty much dominantly can speak Gaelic. Penta Hotel was probably another favourite business for me as it gave me a clear understanding on how it is beneficial to speak a second or other languages as a worker in the Penta Hotel as a barman, hospitality, front desk people for example would be employed much more easily if they could speak more than one language as there are many customers from all over the world. The day was held at a really nice place the Kingsmills Hotel. The day was set up really well, and there was nobody just wandering about doing nothing. I would definitely go again if I had the chance to because it opened up my options with Gaelic language, even as a learner. The whole day kind of inspired me to learn my language more fluently and with a better understanding. Overall review of the day was an excellent day out. Next time, if I was to go I would like to see more powerpoint presentations with video and audio on it. At the stall I would have liked to have seen presentations with examples you can and could do in the business world with different languages.

Alasdair

Silt business brunch wasn’t really interactive. Most of the markets were only talking about themselves and not what the type of opportunities you would face if taking a language.

I liked some bits, but others weren’t really that interesting.

The presentations were interesting but pretty boring at some points. They went for long periods of time which easily got boring.

I thought that Paula’s presentation has dsome interesting moments like how languages took her to the position that she is in today.

Overall I didn’t really enjoy most parts within the brunch.

Alex

Yesterday S3 Gaelic attended a business brunch. This was to discuss how languages are so vital for you to get a job. The day felt long but it was worth it. There was a bonus of unlimited tea and coffee and as many breakfast rolls as you wanted. They also took out biscuits later on in the day. Although some stands were a bit boring the majority of them had very interesting things to say. One of the stands was called the Penta Hotel. The guy who was talking said something interesting, that if he took Russian in school then he’d be able to work in Russia and see the world cup. Gaelic wasn’t really involved in the majority of the day, it was just added on at the end.

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S2 Gaelic Drama Work

S2 Gaelic have just begun to prepare drama sketches bringing together all they have studied so far in S1 and S2. They are expected to produce polished performances of about 3 minutes each based on scenarios given and must include key phrases provided. Pupils will be assessed on their group work as well as spoken Gaelic and their performance. See the attached document for the groups and scenarios. Miss McLennan is hoping for some good comedies with some serious acting!

S2 Drama Scenarios

Language Nut Trial

S1 and S2 Gaelic classes are currently trialing LanguageNut, an online language learning resource. Each pupil has their own username and password and progress can be monitored by the class teacher. The trial runs until 13th March in which time pupils are asked to complete as many sections as they can. ‘Medals’ are awarded for each section and there may well be a prize for the pupil in each class with the highest number of medals after the trial ends…. The website can be accessed at home using the link below:

http://www.languagenut.com/uk/

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Gaelic Learners Textbook

A reminder for S1 Gaelic pupils that the course textbook can be accessed online at http://www.storlann.co.uk/ceumannan/ 

This can be used to revise what we have done in class, to help with homework or to show parents what we have been working on recently.

When you open the link, scroll down to the box on the right hand side ‘Luchdaich a-nuas’ and choose the relevant textbook chapter. This will open a PDF file of the chapter which you can then download to your computer.20161116_173442

Sound files used in class are also available on this website. At the very bottom of the page, you will see a yellow post it listing the chapters. Again, chose the relevant chapter and the sound file page will open. It can be quite tricky to use but it’s worth having a go as it will let you hear the correct pronunciation of new words.

S2 Gaelic Film G – an update

Yesterday was a big day for the S2 Gaelic learners because they filmed for the FilmG competition. All their hard work has come into use. Yesterday, we spent all day filming and today we are going to be editing all day. The filming was hard work and it took a couple of times to get each scene right but we hope it all turns out well. We are excited to see the end result. Dol Eoin is the professional camera and sound man who helped us with the filming and is currently helping us with the editing.

Caitlyn and Emma

S2 have been developing their Gaelic speaking skills through taking part in this project but they have also had a chance to work together as a team, developing their communication skills. They have each had the opportunity to work with camera, sound and editing equipment, giving them new technical media skills. The film is currently being edited and will be uploaded to the FilmG website in coming months as part of their youth competition. Keep an eye out for updates as to when voting is open and please vote for us as your favourite film! Thanks to Dòl Eoin for keeping us right throughout the process.

http://filmg.co.uk/en/

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S2 Gaelic learners FilmG competition-The Beginning

This week S2 Gaelic learners are taking part in the FilmG competition, this will help us improve on our Gaelic as well as our co-operation skills. We have started thinking of ideas and sorted out every ones roles. The filming will start on Monday and a few experts will be coming in to assist our crews. Filming will take all day, therefore the pupils will miss all of their classes on Monday. Editing will take place on Tuesday and one of the experts from the previous day will be coming in to help with the editing.

Caitlyn and Emma