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Notes for Parents and Teachers
Introduction to Fàilte gu Fuaimean
The storylines, characters and interactive activities in Fàilte gu Fuaimean are designed to provide challenge and enjoyment while capturing the imagination of learners. Fàilte gu Fuaimean encourages learners to practice their reading skills, and helps them to become successful learners.
Fàilte gu Fuaimean is complementary to the Facal agus Fuaim phonics pack which is used in Gaelic medium education to introduce children to reading. In Facal agus Fuaim, children first learn the individual sounds and letters of Gaelic and how they are put together to form common words: for example, that the letters c and ù stand for sounds which, together, make cù (dog). Once they have learned the main sounds and letters, children begin reading, starting with simple texts such as those found in Facal agus Fuaim.
Fàilte gu Fuaimean is built around the three categories of words on which Facal agus Fuaim is based. For example, the first set of stories, poems and activities uses the 'broad' Gaelic sounds, a, à, o, ò, u and ù, and the letters on either side of them: for example, fada.
The second set covers the 'slender' sounds, e, è, i and ì, and the letters on either side of them. These are more complicated as the 'slender' letters not only represent particular sounds such as dè and mi, but they can also show that the consonant next to them has a 'slender' sound, for example, seo and càise.
The third set of stories and poems covers 'blends'. These are letters which join together to make another sound, for example, brot, glas, iasg. Lists of the words in each set are given below.
In Facal agus Fuaim, the combinations bh, ch, dh, gh, mh, ph, sh and th are treated as single letters, as are ao, ea, eu, ia, ìo and ua.
Some 'double' vowels can stand for different sounds: e.g. fear, geal; ceum, feur; pìos, sìos. The letter ò can also stand for two sounds: e.g. còta, mòr.
Building on Fàilte gu Fuaimean
Fàilte gu Fuaimean provides a creative and flexible resource which encourages phonological awareness while capturing the imagination of learners.
The imaginative stories within this site take the learners on a journey along with its three characters, Cù Caol, Cat Cadalach and Luchag Luath.
The use of rhyme and rhyming couplets provides fun and enjoyment. With full audio and visual support, they can be used to enhance learners' awareness of Gaelic sounds.
The contents of the site are as follows:
If they are having difficulty, learners may be supported with the words in the Fàilte gu Fuaimean stories and poems, but they should be encouraged to do as much as they can themselves as this will give them more satisfaction and encourage them to become confident individuals.
Children's awareness of sounds and letters - their phonics skills - can be developed through relevant, fun activities using the texts. For example:
The words in Fàilte gu Fuaimean
There are two ways to view the site:
To enable you to see the maximum area of content on the screen you may wish to turn off some of your toolbars. If you are using Internet Explorer these can be found by accessing the 'View' menu and selecting the 'Toolbars' or the 'Explorer Bar' option.
You will require an up to date Flash player to view the interactive and animated elements of this site. Most new computers already have this software. However, if you are working on an older computer then you may need to update your Flash player. This can be done simply, safely and freely from the following link:
If you are unable to download an up to date Flash player then don't worry. The HTML version of this site still covers all the learning. In using the HTML version you are missing out on animations and other interactive elements but children can still have a rich and rewarding experience.
Producer: Laura MacRitchie
Executive Producer: Jo Macdonald
Designer: Donald I Macdonald, Sealgar Internet Solutions
Coder: Donald I Macdonald, Sealgar Internet Solutions
Writer: Donald John Macleod, Highland Council
Illustrator: Karen Mackay, Blue Heron Creative Services
Educational Consultants: Donald John Macleod and Cathie Macleod
Guthan: Kirsteen Macdonald, Sarah Cruikshank, Calum MacAulay, Martin Macdonald, Colin MacLeod and Shona Morrison.
This website was co-funded by the Gaelic Media Service and BBC Alba.