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‘Tlws y Tiwtor’ award

‘Tlws y Tiwtor’ award
Pictured left to right, Dona Lewis and Bethan Glyn

‘Tlws y Tiwtor’ awarded to Bethan Glyn

The National Centre for Learning Welsh has awarded its ‘Tlws y Tiwtor’ tutor award to Bethan Glyn.

An experienced tutor, who has worked in the Learn Welsh sector for 15 years, Bethan is originally from the Llŷn ac Eifionydd Eisteddfod area.

Bethan started work as a tutor in Talysarn and Bangor, before becoming a tutor-coordinator for Dwyfor, and later, for Arfon, with responsibility for a team of full-time and part-time tutors.

Bethan has worked throughout this period for one of the National Centre’s course providers, Learn Welsh North West, which is run by Bangor University.  Bethan retires this year.

The Tlws y Tiwtor is given to a tutor who has made a special contribution to the sector, and it was presented to Bethan on the Eisteddfod maes by Dona Lewis, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Learning Welsh.

Dona Lewis said:  “As well as Bethan’s clear skills as a tutor and manager, she has worked tirelessly to support learners, and ensure good opportunities for them to use and enjoy the Welsh language informally in the area.  A huge ‘diolch’ to Bethan, congratulations and best wishes on your retirement.”

Ifor Gruffudd, Director of Learn Welsh North West, added: “Bethan has incredible energy and enthusiasm and gives 100% to her work at all times.  She played a vital role during the pandemic, adapting our face-to-face provision to the virtual medium, as well as helping tutors to develop IT skills, and caring for their wellbeing.

“Bethan is passionate about supporting new speakers of Welsh to use the language outside the classroom and she has developed several local partnerships to welcome and support learners.  Bethan has made an enormous contribution to the sector in the north west –‘ llongyfarchiadau’ – many congratulations.”

Bethan Glyn said: “It was quite a surprise to hear that I’d won the Tlws y Tiwtor award, but it’s lovely that it’s happened at the Llŷn ac Eifionydd Eisteddfod, an area that’s important to me.

“It’s been a pleasure working in the Welsh for Adults sector, and I’ve been very fortunate to have worked with a special group of people along the way.  Huge thanks to everyone who’s been part of the team, and it’s great to see more and more enthusiastic young people coming to work in the sector.

“What gives me the greatest pleasure is to see the development of learners as they become new speakers and enjoy using the Welsh language in their community.  It takes hard work and commitment to master a language and it’s so important that we as Welsh speakers support and give new speakers the confidence to use the language from day to day.  ‘Diolch’ – thank you to everyone who makes the effort to learn our language – I’m so proud of you all!”