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An t-Alltan 2011 -
A Conference for Gaelic teachers from Stòrlann
5 & 6 October, Inverness

Over 100 delegates, incorporating nursery, primary, secondary and quality improvement officers attended the two day event.

Delegates heard two keynote addresses from Prof. Antonella Sorace, Edinburgh University and also from Joan Esson, HMIE as well as having the choice of attending a pool of workshops each of which was relevant to their teaching experience. An t-Alltan's main aim was for delegates to explore Storlann's resources and how they could be implemented actively in the classroom.

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"Great opportunity to network with other teachers."

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Tuesday Evening
Dr. Alasdair Allan MSP
Minister for Learning and Skills (with responsibility for Gaelic & Scots
Scottish Government


Wednesday Morning
Prof. Antonella Sorace
Edinburgh University

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Thursday afternoon
Joan Esson
Education Scotland (HMIe)


Programme Structure

The worskhops were been planned to target specific levels.

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Jane Gray & Christine Richings (EY & P) (Wednesday only)
Interactive training on how to implement the 'Ciste-Chiuil' in the classroom. Explore the songs, activities and instruments.

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Donald John Macaulay (P & S) (Wednesday only)
Innovative learning activities that can be taught in the classroom, to help support Teejay Maths and Maths in Action textbooks/materials.

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Iain Mackinnon and Muriel Murray (P & S) (Wednesday only)
A practical look at how learning activities can be linked across different curricular areas to promote interdisciplinary learning, using Stòrlann resources.

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Artair Donald (P & S) (Wednesday only)
Create CfE related scripts using presented drama structures - Everything taught can then be transferred to the classroom.

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Margaret MacIver (P & S) (Wednesday only)
Interpretation and appreciation of poetry.

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Cathie MacLeod & Rosemary Delany (N, P & S) (Wednesday & Thursday)
This session comes in two parts:
1. An overview of the Gaelic communities and content available through Glow and CPDCentral
2. An overview of assessment

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Alan Stewart (EY, P & S) (Wednesday & Thursday)
An opportunity to work with and gain an insight into some readily available ICT tools that are supportive of CfE inclusive practice, and that can be developed for use within Gaelic education.

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Margaret Munro + 1 other (EY & P) (Wednesday & Thursday)
Active learning  ideas that will promote use of Gaelic language at the Early Levels.


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Dougie Beck & Darren Maclean (EY, P & S) (Thursday only)
Drama activities that can be taught in the classroom to support ‘Mar a Chuala Mis’ e’ traditional tales.

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Donald John Maciver & Finlay Cunningham (S) (Thursday only)
An insight into  the assessment of speaking.

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DJ Macleod & Sarah MacEachen (EY, P & S) (Thursday only)
Interactive training on how to use the Mirean website in the classroom.

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Sarah Fraser (P) (Thursday only)
How to promote Gaelic reading in the classroom using practical examples incorporating Storlann resources.

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Archie McLullich (P & S) (Thursday only)
Gaelic Medium Education and children with Additional Needs.


All teachers attended one of the following on Thursday:-



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- Best Practice and Enterprise

Flora MacDougal, Shona MacDonald and Anne MacLeod

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- SQA update

Marilyn Waters & Margaret Sutherland
1. Update on current National Qualifications for Gàidhlig and Gaelic(Learners),  Gaelic-medium examination provision, and SQA’s Gaelic Language Plan together.

2. Developments in CfE.



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