New online channel for Welsh learners
Welsh learners will now find it easier to find suitable Welsh language programmes to watch, thanks to a new online channel launched by S4C and the National Centre for Learning Welsh.
The new service, called ‘Sianel Dysgu Cymraeg’ (Learn Welsh Channel) is part of S4C’s online, on-demand service, ‘S4C Clic’. It will host a variety of programmes chosen with the Centre’s support, including popular series from the S4C archive as well as more recent content.
Viewers will be able to use English subtitles or simplified Welsh subtitles on the programmes, which will also include series produced especially for Welsh learners.
Popular series, Welsh in a Week, and items from Dal ati, S4C’s previous service for Welsh learners, will be among the programming on offer. Lifestyle programmes such as gardening series Garddio a Mwy and travel show Codi Pac will also be available, as well as cariad@iaith, which followed famous Welsh learners at the Nant Gwrtheyrn language and heritage centre, and Popeth yn Gymraeg, with poet Ifor ap Glyn.
S4C already broadcasts programmes for Welsh learners, including a dedicated news programme, every Sunday morning. There is digital ‘short-form’ content available for beginners and plans are underway for a new, original series about learners to be broadcast in the spring.
Owen Evans, S4C’s Chief Executive, said:
“The new ‘Sianel Dysgu Cymraeg’ is part of S4C’s continuing commitment to supporting Welsh learners and welcoming them to the service.
“We’re eager to help learners at each stage of their Learn Welsh journey, but especially so, to encourage them to watch S4C early in their language journey. With an excellent choice of programming collated in one place, it will be easy for learners to turn to S4C to enjoy using their Welsh.
“Learners and tutors alike are also welcome to contact us with suggestions for other programming to include in the service, which will evolve over the coming months and years.”
Efa Gruffudd Jones, Chief Executive at the National Centre for Learning Welsh, added:
“Creating opportunities for learners to practise their Welsh, and gain confidence to use the language, is an important part of the Centre’s mission. This new online channel will enable learners to watch a range of suitable programmes at a time that suits them.
“We’re delighted to be working with S4C on this latest venture, which is part of an important partnership between us to support people learning Welsh.”