More opportunities for Welsh learning
Increasing opportunities for adults to both learn Welsh and access courses through the medium of Welsh is at the heart of a new ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ partnership between Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales (AOC|ALW) and the National Centre for Learning Welsh.
Both organisations already share a common goal to provide quality, learning opportunities which empower people from all backgrounds to reach their full potential. By working together, the aim is to generate interest in learning through the medium of Welsh, as well as signposting learners to the wide range of Learn Welsh language courses available.
Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales already provides a range of courses, such as Craft, Using iPads, and History and Development of the Welsh Language, through the medium of Welsh. It will work in partnership with the National Centre to promote these courses to the Centre’s Welsh learners, while also increasing the number of subjects available through the medium of Welsh.
Learn Welsh language courses, run by the National Centre in virtual and face-to-face classes, are taught at five learning levels. Students can also study independently online, or they can follow blended learning courses, which combine online self-study with tutor-led classes.
Learn Welsh courses, tailored for different sectors, including Health and Social Care and Early Years Education and Care, are also available. A 10-hour WSOL (Welsh for Speakers of Other Languages) course for refugees and asylum seekers, developed by the National Centre, is taught by Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales.
Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales will work with the National Centre to promote the full range of Learn Welsh language courses to its learners.
The new agreement will also see Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales staff and tutors encouraged and supported to learn Welsh as part of their continuing professional development.
Kathryn Robson, Chief Executive of Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales, says:
“This is an exciting development, and will enable more people across Wales to access Welsh-medium provision. Our vision is to improve accessibility to a wide range of courses through the medium of Welsh. As an organisation we feel strongly that people should have the choice of learning in their preferred language, whatever their course choice and wherever they are in Wales. This partnership greatly enhances this important area of our provision, and we are delighted to be working with the National Centre for Learning Welsh.”
Efa Gruffudd Jones, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Learning Welsh, adds:
“Working in partnership with a range of organisations to expand the opportunities for people to learn and enjoy the Welsh language is a key part of the Centre’s remit, and we’re delighted to be working with Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales.
“Learning a new skill such as Welsh gives people confidence and can open doors in terms of job choices, interests and connecting with other people. Learning through the medium of Welsh is an opportunity to further extend Welsh learners’ skills while giving them the opportunity to enjoy using their Welsh while learning another subject.”