Welsh language skills are increasingly important in Wales. There are many reasons why people choose to learn Welsh. Some want to learn the language to help them develop their careers, while others want to be able to speak Welsh with their families.
The six Welsh for Adults Centres offer courses at all levels for adults across Wales. They range from weekly courses to more intensive courses, as well as courses tailored specifically for families and the workplace. A full programme of new courses will begin in September in all parts of Wales. Whether you’re interested in learning Welsh from scratch, or want to brush up on your Welsh language skills, contact your local Welsh for Adults Centre for advice. For contact details and more information about Welsh for Adults and the courses on offer, visit www.welshforadults.org.
Adrian puts learning Welsh to good business use
With changes taking place in the Welsh language act, Adrian Bates’ employers were looking for individuals to help the organisation provide a fully bilingual service – by answering telephone calls, dealing with correspondence and speaking to customers. When offered, Adrian seized the opportunity to learn Welsh.
Adrian started with a fairly intensive WLPlan conversational course, studying for six hours a week, with tutors who came into the office. Now, he has ‘top up’ sessions as and when required. His confidence in the use of Welsh language has developed to the point that Adrian is now planning to deliver magistrate training sessions to first language Welsh speakers.
“If you’re thinking of learning Welsh, go for it, don’t be afraid. It’s a very sociable thing to do; it’s great for communicating with other people obviously. There are all sorts of other things you can do in addition to your class, there are weekend schools, classes, all sorts of other events which are held in welsh or partially in Welsh to encourage you and help you to get used to the language. It’s good fun”.
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Home is where the Welsh starts…
Michelle Whitley decided to learn Welsh when her four children started at a Welsh school. As her eldest daughter got into reading, she thought it was about time to start learning Welsh herself.
She learned at her daughter’s school and didn’t find it difficult to commit two hours a week because it fit in with her daughter’s nursery.
Michelle uses here Welsh at home, and her daughters love the fact that she can respond to them in Welsh.
“At first, when I started I was quite nervous I thought we were going to be sat there doing lots of written work, instead it was fun, games, and getting involved with different people in the class. I also found it enjoyable”, says Michelle. “If others ask me about learning Welsh, and is it worth, I’d definitely say yes. It’s very enjoyable and not as hard as some people would think”.
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