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Lithuanian Linkage

Am Pàipear is the local community newspaper for the Uists, here in the Outer Hebrides. But that doesn’t mean that interest in it is restricted to just these islands! There are subscribers in various countries around the world – wherever families with Uist connections have chosen to settle.

And now, through the Island Voices/Guthan nan Eilean connection a growing body of language learners (of both Gaelic and English) are also taking an interest. There is a new “Guthan: Voices” tab on the Am Pàipear website featuring homegrown lifestyle pieces created in English or Gaelic by local community members, and it’s proving popular with online visitors from around the world.

And another area of interest is the development of the Clilstore online learning platform with multiple dictionary access, in a partnership with the European TOOLS project. So now, for example, vocational students at the Marijampole Vocational Education and Training Centre in Lithuania are finding out all about Am Pàipear as they test drive an early prototype English learning exercise with online Island Voices video, wordlinked transcript, and supporting Hot Potatoes crossword exercise. This project has some way to run yet, but it looks like connections between our “offshore” islands and mainland Europe are getting shorter already!

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  1. Gordon Wells
    24/04/2012 at 8:21 am

    Reblogged this on tools4clil and commented:

    Great to see the Lithuanian partners using Hebridean materials! 🙂

  2. Archie MacKay
    24/04/2012 at 11:32 pm

    Great stuff Gordon. It’s a wonderful project (and many congratulations on your shortlisting) and I’m proud and privileged to have had some tiny part in it. I hope the partnership between Guthan and Am Paipear goes from strength to strength. Math a rinn sibh!

    • Gordon Wells
      25/04/2012 at 8:03 am

      Taing dhut fhèin, Eairdsidh! O neart gu neart, gu dearbh….

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