In his work for Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Leonardo Pools Project (www.languages.dk) Gordon has been involved in creating video materials in both English and Gaelic.
The focus of the project has been on pre-intermediate to post-intermediate language learners, with a view to helping teachers develop their own materials with the aid of current technology. Gordon has produced a large collection of sample materials, based on recordings he has made in his local community.
The approach has been theme-based, for example care for adults with disabilities, or Hebridean food. Materials have been produced at two levels – scripted documentaries for less advanced learners in plain language, together with additional “in their own words” interviews with key individuals which allow more advanced learners to hear authentic speech.
The collection is assembled under the broad title of “Guthan nan Eilean” – “Island Voices”. The first series is fully online and has also been released in DVD format. And Gordon has now completed a much expanded second series. Follow the progress on this website/blog, which also has comprehensive menu pages leading to all 150 videos and associated transcripts.
Here’s the English playlist for Series One:
Here’s the Gaelic playlist for Series One:
These materials are free to use, subject to copyleft conditions.