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Gaelic-English book sent to Moray primary schools


By Jonathan Clark

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A CHILDREN'S book written in a mixture of English and Gaelic has been sent to primary schools in Moray.

Bheat an Sù (The Zoo Vet) was sent to schools all across Scotland. It's the first bilingual book from the educational publisher Twinkl, which creates books and online resources used across the world.

The Zoo Vet has been sent out to every primary school in Scotland.
The Zoo Vet has been sent out to every primary school in Scotland.

The book provides an accessible and inclusive route into Gaelic for all learners, regardless of their background or previous experience of the language.

The book has been designed to help schools deliver the Scottish Government's Languages 1+2 policy, where all pupils have the opportunity to learn one other language from primary one and a second from primary five.

English and Gaelic are blended together throughout the story, with each sentence in the book including a mixture of words from both languages. Research shows blending languages together in this way with context is an effective way to teach new vocabulary to early learners.

An e-book version of the story, which is also available fully in Gaelic, is available for free on the Twinkl website.

Michele McGarvey, Country Manager for Scotland at Twinkl, said: "We created the book to help any educators or schools looking for a fun and effective way to teach children Gaelic. The book and accompanying resources have all been created by Scottish teachers and use a range of teaching methods to aid learning."


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