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Guthan nan Eilean: Island Voices
United Kingdom
Adult Education (Main Educational Sector)
Cultural awareness of regional/minority languages
Intercultural awareness (any language)
VOLL - Vocationally oriented language learning
Scottish Gaelic
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European Language(s) of the Label Website: English  


This Scottish project involves the creation of video and audio materials to form an oral archive reflecting the lives of a bilingual, Hebridean community. The videos comprise of short, informative documentaries on key issues in community and business life. They are scripted in plain language and use authentic interviews with individual community members. These materials are an excellent resource for Gaelic learners and those with a particular interest in community life in the Hebrides. As an extension of the project the college has worked with a community training partner and other bodies to use the videos as an inspiration to learners to make their own films. This has proved to be a great success and examples of the home made videos include a day centre client recording his own Gaelic voiceover and Polish and Latvian workers at a local shellfish processing plant making a film about their lives. The project is opening doors to further productive film making in a range of languages and with a variety of themes. By showing what is possible with a laptop and camera it has inspired a range of community language teaching enterprises.

Contact Details
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
Alison Dix
IV44 8RQ
Isle of Skye
United Kingdom
Tel: ++44 1471 888 000