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Matthew Fitt: Roald Dahl in Scots

Language: English, Scots
Genre: Classics, Humour, Language, Local Interest, Scotland, Scots
Age group: 6-8, 9-11
Topics: Scots

We were joined by author and translator Matthew Fitt to celebrate 100 years of Roald Dahl! Watch this event to hear about the Scots language and how Matthew translated some of Roald Dahl's most popular stories into Scots. 

If you only do one thing...

We know time is tight, so here is just one activity you could complete with your pupils before or after watching the broadcast.

Researching Scots LIT 2-14a

Pass out copies of one of Matthew's translated books and ask pupils to choose a word they like or don't know the meaning of. This could be anything, such as mingin, glaikit, unco, skirl and bahookie!

Pupils can then research the word online, starting with the online Dictionary of the Scots Language. 

Once pupils have more information on their chosen word, ask them to look into how its use and definition is linked to the history of Scotland. For example, pupils might try to find out how their chosen word has changed over time, or why it has fallen out of use.

For shorter clips from this event visit the BBC Scotland Learning(this will open in a new window) website.

A full transcript of this event is available to download.

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