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The Sabbatical Scheme for Welsh Language Training

The aim of the Sabbatical Scheme is to increase the supply of practitioners able to teach through the medium of Welsh or bilingually. The provision is free – all supply cover, travel and accommodation costs are funded by the Welsh Government. Courses are offered at various linguistic levels and in several locations across Wales, including the School of Welsh, Cardiff University. The School of Welsh will offer provision at Higher, Entry and Foundation levels.

The School of Welsh contributed to the pilot project that began in 2005, with a team of experienced language tutors providing language courses for secondary and primary school teachers. The scheme is now extended to more locations across Wales, with a wider variety of courses on several levels. The hope is that 648 lecturers, teachers and practitioners will benefit from a sabbatical period away from the workplace in order to improve their oral and written Welsh, learn how to use subject-related terminology effectively as well as increase their confidence in Welsh-medium and bilingual teaching methodologies.

 

Here are the views of some of our past practioners on the Higher-level and Foundation-level courses:

‘I now feel very confident in getting a job through the medium of Welsh’
Primary School Teacher

'This is by far the best professional development experience that I have ever had’
Secondary School Teacher

'Truly the best course and of the highest standard that I have ever attended’
Further Education Lecturer

 

Course Details 2013-14

 

Course When Structure Who Catchment Area
Higher-Level Short Learning Course 15 April
— 12 July 2013
18 days (at
the University)
Welsh medium
primary and secondary school teachers and further education lecturers
Merthyr, Bridgend,
Rhondda Cynon Taf,
Vale of Glamorgan,
Caerphilly, Torfaen,
Newport, Blaenau Gwent,
Monmouthshire,
Cardiff
Course When Structure Who Catchment Area
Higher-Level Block Course 9 September — 6 December
2013
60 days
(at the
University)
Welsh speakers in primary, secondary and further
education sectors
Merthyr, Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Vale of Glamorgan, Caerphilly,
Torfaen, Newport, Blaenau Gwent,
Monmouthshire,
Cardiff
Foundation-Level Block Course 13 January
— 4 April 2014
55 days
(at the
University)
New learners in
primary sector
(English and
bilingual schools)
Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan
Entry-Level Course 3 March
— 4 April 2014
5 weeks (at the
University)
Classroom
assistants
(English and
bilingual schools)
Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan
Higher-Level Short Learning Course 28 April - 10 July 2014 18 days (at the University) Welsh medium
primary and secondary school teachers and further education lecturers
Merthyr, Bridgend,
Rhondda Cynon Taf,
Vale of Glamorgan,
Caerphilly, Torfaen,
Newport, Blaenau Gwent,
Monmouthshire,
Cardiff

 

 

For further information contact:

Lois Roberts, Course Administrator


Cynllunsabothol@cardiff.ac.uk 029 2087 0637


Applications and financial queries:

Paula Manship, Sabbaticals Manager, Welsh in Education Unit, Welsh Government
 

Paula.manship@wales.gsi.gov.uk 01443 663770