A reminder that we will be hosting a lecture from Professor Antonella Sorace tomorrow at 7pm in the theatre – failte oirbh uile!

Why Gaelic matters: connecting research and communities
Antonella Sorace
University of Edinburgh and Bilingualism Matters
Research shows that bilingualism in any languages, regardless of their status, prestige, and worldwide diffusion, can give children a range of linguistic, cognitive and social benefits. Some of these benefits have also been found in adult second language learners, both younger and much older. I will first briefly present the main facts and benefits of bilingualism over the lifespan, focusing in particular on current research on Gaelic and other minority languages. I will then argue that more attention should be paid by parents, educators and policy makers to bilingual children’s attitudes and perception of their languages. I will then suggest that revitalization of minority languages crucially depends on community foundations for bilingual education and inter-generational transmission. Finally, I will show how the dissemination of correct information on bilingualism can enable informed decisions in minority language communities.
Antonella Sorace is Professor of Developmental Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. She is a world leading authority in the field of bilingual language development across the lifespan, where she brings together methods from linguistics, experimental psychology, and cognitive science. She is also committed to disseminating the findings of research on bilingualism in different sectors of society. She is the founding director of the information centre Bilingualism Matters, which currently has 26 branches in 10 European countries, in the US, in the Middle East, and in China.

S1 will be issued with letters tomorrow morning regarding an Open Evening on Thursday 3rd October from 4-6pm.

On this occasion each department will lay out examples of pupils work and your child will guide you between departments. This is not a time for individual meetings with parents about your son or daughter’s progress but a general look at the departments they visit each week.

Tear off slips are due back by Tuesday 1st October.

WELL DONE TO YOU ALL! What a massive achievement and a fantastic day. We hope your legs aren’t too tired! Thank you to all of you for your participation, good behaviour and smiles! We are very proud of you all for taking part. You should all have your sponsor forms back now. The sponsor money is due to be handed in by the 4th of October.

Our senior boys football team (S4-6) recorded a 4 – 0 friendly win against Culloden Academy yesterday, in their first outing of the new season. Goals from Ally Riddle (2), Finlay Tyronney and Neil Davidson. A great performance from all the boys and all very promising for the league season ahead!

Inverness Royal Academy are delighted that Professor Antonella Sorace will be visiting our school on Thursday 26th September. Senior Gaelic and Gàidhlig classes will attend an afternoon session with Professor Sorace and the public are invited to attend an evening lecture help in the Theatre from 7pm. Professor Sorace has been involved in numerous projects researching the benefits of bilingualism and more about her work can be found here – http://www.bilingualism-matters.ppls.ed.ac.uk

A reminder that the S1/2 Disco will take place on Thursday 12th September from 7pm – 9.30pm. Tickets are priced £5 and are available from the P.E Department or main atrium at break.

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