In addition to pursuing practical community-based actions the project maintains a research and reporting perspective, particularly in relation to language learning, bilingualism, and languages and digital media.
The first Soillse Small Research Fund project was completed in 2011, and the second in 2013. The chapter on Island Voices for the British Council book, “Innovations in English Language Teaching for Migrants and Refugees” was completed in 2012. The TOOLS report on CALL support draws substantially on Island Voices work in relation to Gaelic, and was completed in December 2014. The 2016 article on “Sharing Gaelic Voices” is printed in NATECLA’s journal, Language Issues 27.1 (Summer).
|Perceptions of Gaelic Learning and Use in a Bilingual Island Community: an Exploratory Study (2011)||Full report here|
|ESOL in the Hebrides and Island Voices: “Hey, hang on a minute, tha mise bilingual!” (2012)||Chapter 12 (p153) in this book|
|Gaelic Digital Literacies in a Bilingual Community: a Sampling of Practices and Preferences (2013)||Full report here|
|CALL Support in Context: Contrasting Approaches in Irish and Scottish Gaelic (2014)||Full report here|
|Sharing Gaelic Voices: Peat-cutting in Polish, or Surfing in Sindhi? (2016)||Full report here|