We just ran across a fascinating advanced course in Scotland for Gaelic speakers that explores the links between the Scottish Gaelic language and environment. Àrainneachd, Cànan Is Dualchas, (which means “environment, language and heritage”) teaches students to recognize plants and animals by their Gaelic names, and in their natural habitats. In other words, it’s not such classroom learning. Daily excursions take students into a variety of habitats. Plus, students learn about ecology, and about traditional uses and folklore associated with native species.
You might be thinking, “Great course – but I’m not in Scotland and I’m a beginning learner.” The site contains several vocabulary lists focused on the landscape, animals, and plants, which are very useful to all learners. To check it out Click Here.