Ulster-Scots Education Resources

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From the Ulster-Scots Academy:

The introduction of Ulster-Scots as a language subject into the schools’ curriculum in Northern Ireland depends on the availability of an appropriate range of foundational textbooks and classroom resources. Because of this, the Education Programme of the Ulster-Scots Academy is closely related to our Language Development Programme and the provision of these resources to support accredited courses (to examination standards). These consist of dictionaries, spelling guides, grammar books, Ulster-Scots texts in the form of ‘readers’, and — in particular — classroom materials in the form of model ‘lessons’ with appropriate notes for teachers.

A sample lesson on "THE and THEY" is provided.

Other interesting things on the site include a searchable version of James Fenton's The Hamely Tongue —  Sample entries: caleery, be tae, affa, ..

[h/t Brendan O'Leary]

Update — In the opposite direction, "Scots Wikipedia Fail", LanguageHat 8/25/2020.



  1. Philip Taylor said,

    August 26, 2020 @ 4:46 pm

    It would seem from the lack of comments that this is not a topic of great interest to the majority of members, but I for one found it fascinating — despite living less than 400 miles from Ulster, I was until reading this article totally unaware that the Ulster-Scots language even existed. I shall now seek out more information on it for sure.

    As to the so-called "Scots Wikipedia", it is either an awful joke on a massive scale, or the misguided work of someone who can only be regarded as a complete idiot.

  2. monscampus said,

    August 26, 2020 @ 7:40 pm

    Philip, the Scots Wikipedia wasn't a joke, as reported in yesterday's Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/aug/26/shock-an-aw-us-teenager-wrote-huge-slice-of-scots-wikipedia

  3. Philip Taylor said,

    August 27, 2020 @ 2:39 am

    Fair enough, MC, but in the case it was a seriously misguided idea …

  4. Alec said,

    August 27, 2020 @ 8:57 pm

    Reminded me of this classic news item:

  5. Philip Taylor said,

    August 28, 2020 @ 3:50 am

    Thank you for that fascinating link, Alex. Sadly I mis-read the following « "I do not think it will damage the (Ulster Scots) brand by getting rid of it," the figure from Bready District Ulster Scots Development Association, added », thinking that "Bready" was a colloquial foreshortening of "Brexit-ready" …

  6. Andrew Usher said,

    August 28, 2020 @ 7:56 pm

    I think that Scots Wikipedia matter was just an illustration of how Wikipedia's default process, which basically works for the more popular languages (English Wikipedia suffers more from too much oversight than too little!) can fail for those less so. I can't believe that guy really stopped anyone with a genuine interest in contributing from doing so; rather the reaction shows that hardly anyone did.

    As for what that says about Scots, I leave that to others to conclude.

    k_over_hbarc at yahoo.com

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