The original POOLS project lasted from 2005 to 2007. But many of its products and outputs remain current. This video was made in 2006 by POOLS partner Sabhal Mòr Ostaig as part of its contribution of 20 English and 20 Gaelic videos.

The British Council post included links to both YouTube and Clilstore.

This collection of “Island Voices” videos went on to win a 2007 European Award for Languages (The Language Label).

And yet, just last week, following postings by the British Council Teaching English and Learn English Facebook pages, this video and related clips registered 1500 hits from 95 countries on the Island Voices Videos YouTube channel.

Not bad for a 7-year old clip!

There’s a challenge for the new languages in the POOLS 3 partnership. We look forward to making good quality productions. We also want lasting impact!


About Gordon Wells

Language learner and teacher (English, Gaelic, Hindi and Urdu). Interested in bilingualism and creativity. At home in the Hebrides.
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  1. It got my view as well! Can’t wait for the next one 😉

    • Gordon Wells says:

      Glad you liked it, Petra. There are over 150 videos (between English and Gaelic) on the Island Voices YouTube channel. Have you watched them all already??? 😉

  2. Yan says:

    Good to hear that one of the project´s objectives is sustainability:-). Sometimes it´s unpredictable to guess which results will remain in existence, isn´t it?

    • Gordon Wells says:

      Yes, Yan. It’s not easy to predict. I would never have foreseen that a short documentary on how to catch razorfish would be the most popular Island Voices film of all. All you can do is make the best plan possible in the light of knowledge and experience. Serendipity also plays its part…

  3. People in the video really seem easy-going and relaxed.. Another insight into how people live their lives in one part of the world. I wonder if I ever have a chance to visit it!

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