New partnership leads to more opportunities for Welsh learners
A new partnership between SaySomethinginWelsh (SSIW) and the National Centre for Learning Welsh will ensure even more opportunities for Welsh learners to use and enjoy the language.
The scheme, announced this week, allows for sharing of resources and expertise in order to support learning opportunities. Course discounts will also be available to the learners of both organisations.
SSIW has developed a pioneering learning programme based on daily video or audio lessons. The Centre’s learners will be able to access these resources at a discounted cost; they will also be able to join the SSIW virtual community, where they can chat with other learners.
SSIW learners will be offered a discount on the Centre’s courses. The Centre works with 11 course providers to deliver distance, online and community-based courses. The Centre also provides over 1500 digital learning resources, including online taster courses and live Facebook sessions. Informal learning opportunities are also available to its learners.
There will be further opportunities for both organisations to share best practice and discuss technological advances.
Eluned Morgan, Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language, said:
“The past few months have shown that working together to support each other is more important than ever. I’m very pleased to see two organisations which play such an important role in promoting the Welsh language join together to offer additional opportunities for Welsh learners.
“At the beginning of this new venture, I would like to send my best wishes to SSIW, the National Centre for Learning Welsh and the wider Learn Welsh community, in particular the many thousands of adults who’ve recently started learning Welsh using digital means.”
Aran Jones, one of the co-founders of SaySomethinginWelsh, said: “This is a very exciting development and working together in this way is certain to be of benefit to Welsh learners. The wide range of expertise available as a result of this new relationship will ensure that anyone wishing to learn Welsh will have easy access to a variety of courses and flexible support which meet their needs.”
Dona Lewis, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Planning and Development at the National Centre for Learning Welsh, said:
“Helping learners build confidence to use their Welsh is an important part of our work as a Centre and this new partnership will ensure more opportunities to do just that.
“Giving learners a choice as to when and how they learn and practise their Welsh is also key, and enabling access to SSIW’s resources will build on the exciting digital provision already available with the Centre.
“We’ve worked with SSIW since the Centre was established in 2016 and look forward to formalising the positive relationship which already exists between us.”
- Funded by Welsh Government and hosted by University of Wales Trinity Saint David, the National Centre for Learning Welsh is responsible for all aspects of the Learn Welsh sector.
- Go to https://www.saysomethingin.com/welsh for more information about SaySomethinginWelsh.