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Welsh for refugees and asylum seekers

6 March 2018

Student raising his hand in class

Refugees have the chance to learn Welsh, thanks to an initiative devised by Cardiff University and funded by The National Centre for Learning Welsh.

The lessons, which are organised in partnership with the Welsh Refugee Council, will be offered at various locations around the city, with the aim of introducing participants to Welsh language culture and life.

Course tutor Matt Spry recently started teaching the beginners’ sessions. There will also be the chance to learn the language informally at social gatherings at venues around the city.

Matt, who began speaking Welsh two years ago after winning a scholarship from Cardiff University, said: “Learning Welsh has a huge range of benefits. As well as being a beautiful language, it can help people new to the city become part of a vibrant and welcoming community.

“We have received much interest from refugees keen to take up the classes. All are eager to embrace Welsh culture and put down firm roots in this great city. These lessons are sure to have a huge impact on those who participate.”

Welsh for Adults Manager at the School of Welsh, Lowri Bunford-Jones, said: “This innovative programme is leading the way in how Welsh is taught to refugees and asylum seekers. Lessons will be practical and informal – giving students the chance to start speaking the language straight away.

“We also aim to share our knowledge with other providers around Wales so that similar initiatives can be set up.”

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