Ard-Teisht Ghaelgagh (ATG) - Advanced Certificate
Ard-Teisht Ghaelgagh (ATG) - Advanced Certificate in Manx
The main features of this qualification are:
- Equivalent to a UK A-Level, based on a UK scheme for
Advanced Level by credit accumulation for French/German/Spanish for Professional
- A modular scheme, very much focused on the Isle
of Man now and in the recent past, a main aim being to use Manx in a modern,
- Assessed almost entirely by coursework, with
candidates working at home to a large degree. But candidates' progress
will be monitored as closely as possible to resolve difficulties. Back-up
tuition will be provided.
- Assessment will be by accumulation of credits
which may be banked and remain valid for up to three years. Candidates taking
ATG at school will normally take two years to get the qualification.
- Before taking ATG, candidates will usually have
gained Teisht Chadjin Ghaelgagh (General Certificate in Manx) or be able
to demonstrate an equivalent knowledge of Manx.
- Under the auspices of the Isle of Man Department
of Education, the operation and standards of ATG will be monitored by a
Validation Committee, which will also check the marking of assessments.
There are six modules, the first three being at Tier 1 ('Tier' refers to
the level of difficulty), and the last three being at Tier 2.
- Modules 1 and 4 are concerned with listening and
reading aloud or speaking.
- Modules 2 and 5 are concerned with reading
- Modules 3 and 6 are concerned with present
day Manx society and culture.
What are the assessments?
Module 1: Listening and Reading Aloud (Tier 1)
(i) Listen to sound recordings made by fluent Manx speakers, read written
questions in Manx on these and write answers in Manx.
(ii) Choose a topic from an approved list (see below), prepare a written
text on the topic and make a sound recording of this.
Module 2: Reading and Writing (Tier 1)
(i) Translate a letter from Manx into appropriate English. Then, with guidance
notes, write a reply in Manx.
(ii) Given a passage written in Manx, summarise it in English.
Module 3: Society and Culture (Tier 1)
(i) Write answers in Manx to questions in English on short texts in Manx
concerning current and recent issues in the Isle of Man.
(ii) Write 1500-2000 words in Manx on a topic from the approved list (this
topic must be different from the one chosen in Module 1 (ii)).
Module 4: Listening and Speaking (Tier 2)
(i) Listen to a sound recording in Manx and (with guidance) write a discussion
paper in Manx.
(ii) Choose a topic from the approved list, research this topic and be
prepared to answer (in Manx) questions asked on the topic in Manx.
(The topic must be different from those chosen for Module 1 (ii) and for
Module 3 (ii)).
Module 5: Reading and Writing (Tier 2)
(i) Given an article in Manx, write a summary of it in Manx drawing conclusions,
making comparisions and expressing opinions on the theme or event.
(ii) Translate into accurate English three short texts in Manx. Also, translate
a longer text into accurate English.
Module 6: Society and Culture (Tier 2)
Choose one topic from the approved list and write 2500-3000 words in Manx
Alternatively, choose two topics and write 1250-1500 words on each topic.
Topics chosen must be different from those chosen previously.
What are the approved topics?
(Guidance will be given in addition to the following bare list of topics)
- Present day political life in the Isle of Man.
- Heritage and culture in the Isle of Man.
- The Manx economy.
- Religious belief in the Isle of Man now.
- Contemporary town life and country life in the
Isle of Man.
- Present day environmental issues in the Isle
- Education in the Isle of Man now.
- The media in the Isle of Man now.
- Transport and the Isle of Man now.
- Contemporary health issues in the Isle of Man.
- Leisure in the Isle of Man now
English / Manx and Manx / English Dictionaries.
You can get more information on Ard-Teisht Ghaelgagh (ATG) from:
Manx Language Officer,
Isle of Man.
Phone: (01624) 80 33 13
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Brian Stowell, Secretary, Yn Çheshaght Ghailckagh, 16 Hilary Road,
Isle of Man IM2 3EG.
Phone: (01624) 62 38 21
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Important points to consider;
- September 2002 is the first time that tuition for the
Advanced Certificate in Manx has been offered to schools.
- The Advanced Certificate in Manx is awarded by the
Isle of Man Department of Education.
- The Department of Education’s Manx Language Validation
Committee ensures that the Manx Gaelic course is of an equivalent standard
to a United Kingdom Advanced Level.
- The Department of Education will fully back the
validity of the awarding of such a certificate as being of sufficient standard
to meet the requirements of a United Kingdom Advanced Level in languages.
- Manx could be offered initially as an AS Level.
- This would be a one year course involving the
first 3 modules.
- Coursework would be assessed at Tier 1
- Manx could be offered at A level.
- This would become the second year of the course
involving modules four, five and six.
- Coursework would be assessed at Tier 2
- As with any certification, there can be no guarantee
that the Advanced Certificate in Manx will be accepted by a United Kingdom
college or university as an appropriate qualification for entry into any
particular course offered within such an institution and chosen by the
- It will, therefore, be necessary to give very careful
consideration to the choice of A levels studied, in particular their relevance
to any future intended course of training and with close reference to the
stated entry requirements of educational establishments within the United