Doric language classes at the University of Aberdeen are set to double in size following the success of a class launched earlier this year that sparked worldwide interest.

The second set of classes in North-East Scots - commonly known as Doric, or ‘Toonser’ – will take place from January, coinciding with the launch of the United Nations Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019).

A similar class run in the autumn was a sell-out success, attracting participants from as far afield as Australia, France and Luxembourg. From next year, two classes – beginner and advanced – will be held to better meet demand.

The beginner class will be aimed at newcomers to the North-east of Scotland who want to learn more about the language and use it with confidence, along with locals who might never have been encouraged to use the language but who want to re-engage with it. The class will be led by Jackie Ross, who is a renowned Doric storyteller and member of the Grampian Association of Storytellers.

The advanced class will focus on conversational practice and help people develop the skills to make a work presentation in Scots, write a letter, or even translate a beloved piece of literature. Scots writer and journalist Alistair Heather, Public Engagement Officer at University’s Elphinstone Institute, will lead the class.

Dr Tom McKean, director of the Elphinstone Institute, which is the University’s centre for the study of North-east traditions and folklore, commented: “These classes are open to everyone and are a great way for people to build their confidence, whether they’re beginners or native speakers.

“It’s a fun way to bring people together to celebrate language, to learn from each other, and to see the North-east in new ways.”

*Classes will run on a Monday and Wednesday respectively at the University of Aberdeen’s MacRobert building from 7-9pm, and are part of the programme of cultural classes run by Scottish Culture and Traditions. For booking details click here

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