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Seven Inverness students complete Ùlpan course

21 June 2011

Seven students from Inverness will be congratulated this week for completing the full Ùlpan course. The students will be celebrating their achievement at a special presentation organised by Highland Council where they will receive their certificates.

The seven are among a growing number of students graduating from Ùlpan. The students completed all 144 units and are now at a functional fluency level. The weekly course took three years and was taught by Dawn Morgan.

Dawn Morgan, Ùlpan tutor said: "It is very satisfying as a tutor to see a class reach the end of the course and to see the progress that the students have made. I hope now that the students will have opportunities to use their Gaelic and to further develop their fluency."

Councillor Hamish Fraser, Chairperson of the Highland Council Gaelic Committee, said: "It's great to see our Gaelic learners completing the Ùlpan class both in Skye and Inverness. We very much hope that this will help inspire others to follow suit."

Dàibhidh Grannd, Director of the Ùlpan project said: "We are delighted that increasing numbers of students nationally are completing the full Ùlpan course. This is a real and tangible step towards raising the number of adult Gaelic-speakers in line with our targets under Bòrd na Gàidhlig's National Plan for Gaelic."

If you are interested in learning Gaelic or would like to know more about becoming an Ùlpan tutor, then visit Ùlpan's website or contact the team on 0845 557 6322 or by email

Notes to Editors

For more information on this press release contact Shona Sloan on 0131 541 2127 or email

Deiseal Ltd. was founded in 2005 to create Ùlpan, a project to deliver tutor training, accreditation and a national framework for adults to learn spoken Gaelic. It is funded jointly by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland and private investment.

Ùlpan is a fast and effective way to learn a language. It has been used for over 50 years to great effect in Israel, where it originated, and in Wales, whereWlpan has brought many thousands of adult learners to fluency in Welsh. Depending on pace, students can learn Gaelic in as little as 9 weeks if all 144 units are taught consecutively. It is recommended that the rate of learning should not be less than two 1.5 hour sessions per week on different days.

The Highland Council presentation takes place on Thursday 23rd of June at Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis.

This release is also available in Gaelic on our Gaelic news section.

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