Tha sinn cho toilichte an Clàr-amais Òrain Ghàidhlig na h-Albainn Nuaidhe agus Cànan tro Òrain a chur air bhog!

We are so thrilled to announce the launch of the Nova Scotia Gaelic Song Index and Cànan tro Òrain (Language through Songs)!

The Nova Scotia Gaelic Song Index documents more than 6,000 Gaelic songs known in Nova Scotia. More than 30 fields of metadata are provided for each song, including (when known) creator names, singer names, the songs’ places of origin, song subjects, and song types, making it possible to conduct detailed searches. More than 1,000 song lyrics are also linked directly from the index. When available, links are provided to song texts and/or recordings online. Each song’s source — whether from a published book, manuscript, archival recording, or newspaper — is documented. We hope that this research tool will be of use to singers, Gaelic learners and teachers, linguists, and other scholars.

The Nova Scotia Gaelic Song Index is free to use and will be available from the Digital Archive of Scottish Gaelic | Dachaigh airson Stòras an Gàidhlig as of Saturday, March 26, 2022.

Cànan tro Òrain is a free, open-access e-book of Gaelic language lesson plans organized around songs. Nine Gaelic teachers prepared 14 lesson plans designed for Gaelic learners of all ages and abilities. Each lesson plan provides a brief summary, learning outcomes, any preparation required, any resources required, and step-by-step instructions along with links to required, optional, and supporting resources. Each lesson is followed with possibilities for varying the lesson, how to address possible challenges, and further reading. Not only do we hope that these lesson plans will be of use to Gaelic and music teachers, we hope that teachers will modify the lesson plans to meet their own needs and objectives. We hope that other language communities will be inspired by these lesson plans too!

All lesson plans will be freely available as of March 26, 2022.

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