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Welsh for All’s inaugural cohort celebrates end of first course

30 November 2015

Two students in front of the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay
Students at the Wales Millennium Centre

As the end of term approaches, the first cohort to follow the University’s latest language programme, Welsh for All, is celebrating its success and taking pride in the progress made.

The programme, launched at the National Eisteddfod during the summer, registered 100 students for the first Beginners classes which started in October. During the term, the inaugural cohort has learnt a range of useful vocabulary through class based interactive language sessions and digital activities.

Yann Nursimloo, a Law student, said: “The course has had a positive impact on my understanding of the Welsh language. At the end of Semester 1 I can say that I am now able to speak Welsh quite fluently. (I am amazed at my progress – I now mutate words on a daily basis. I can write short essays and listen to BBC Cymru. Thank you to the Welsh for All team and to my tutor.”

Susannah Larmont, a student in the School of Social Sciences, added: “I have really enjoyed learning Welsh over the last couple of months. Although I was slightly worried that I would be hopeless, the course has been brilliant and I have learned a lot! The delivery of the content is really good and playing games and group work really helps the learning process. I can’t wait to learn more next semester.”

The team working on the Welsh for All programme, in the School of Welsh, is busy planning for the spring semester. Those who have completed Beginners 1 move on to Beginners 2 and a new group of students will be welcomed to the Beginners 1 classes. Additionally, informal Chance for a Chat sessions will begin. These will be targeted higher level sessions for those who can already speak some Welsh. The intention is to offer formal courses at a range of levels in the future.

According to Dr Angharad Naylor, Welsh for All Project Manager: “It has been a very busy term but it has been a pleasure to witness the development and progress of our students. The whole team is looking forward to next term and welcoming a new cohort of learners as well as those returning to continue their studies.”

The registration period for the spring semester courses will open on December 10 before closing on December 22 2015. For further information contact the Welsh for All team.