Luks lake tha weans had a gret time but A fear tha leid haes bane gein a bak sate. Maebae am wrang, but A think it is somethin that mann bae thocht aboot afore oor tongue is awa for iver.
See ma ain post oan this - http://newtonlass.blogspot.com/2010/08/natural-ulster-scots-v-book-learned.html
Hello, Thank you both for your comments and looking into my blog.The summer school is planned to give all the children an opportunity to delve in to their Ulster Scots traditions – music + dance, history, song, arts + crafts, cookery, language, poetry + storytelling. Most of the classes or workshops are short taster sessions, so over the space of 5 days the children touch on most areas of the tradition.As the summer school coordinator it has come very obvious to me over the last 4 years that it very difficult to ask any of the children to speak or read Ulster Scots if they don’t have any background or experience of the language. For example at the showcase event that we perform at the end of the week, we had 6 children reciting an Ulster Scots humorous poem –there were a number of Ulster Scots words throughout the poem and in each verse, 3 children stumbled through the poem mispronouncing the words, who clearly could not understand the words even though they had a few days to rehearse, whilst the other 3 read the verse perfectly. Which has lead me to conclude that it would be very difficult for children or indeed adults to learn Ulster Scots Language written or spoken if it is not natural to you in the first instance – my opinion.I am not an Ulster Scots language enthusiast, I can speak a little and enjoy story telling or some poetry and I do feel quite rightly, that there is a place absolutely for the language in Loughries Ulster Scots Summer School, but in proportion to all the other elements that make up the whole Ulster Scots tradition. HMA