People want to learn Welsh for various reasons, but most just want to become proficient in the language. If you decide to learn Welsh you could become one of the hundreds of people who succeed in becoming fluent Welsh speakers every year.
Learning Welsh is a lot of fun and any would be student who may-be worried about coping with grammar, can be assured that the emphasis today is firmly on spoken Welsh and on using the language from the very beginning.
Before you search for a course, there are two important things you should consider: choose the right level and the right pace.
All courses are named in accordance with the national progression framework for Welsh for adults, which consists of 5 levels:
The best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in it, so you should consider going for the most intensive course that you can devote your time to.
As a beginner, you have the option of working at a leisurely pace on courses meeting once a week, or more intensively with two classes a week.
Courses meeting once a week usually cover one of the above levels over two years (three years at Uwch/Advanced) and the more intensive courses cover one level a year. The two paths usually merge as you progress to the higher levels.
If you work in Wales, the ability to speak Welsh will give you a definite advantage, and could lead to a promotion or a better job.
More and more employers view the Welsh language as a skill needed in the workplace, especially within the public sector where there is requirement and demand for a bi-lingual service.
Every year scores of people attend Welsh classes to improve their career prospects, and this is why:
As more and more children get the advantages of a bi-lingual education and learning Welsh at school, many parents and other family members want to get in on the act. Many of our courses are arranged at times and venues that suit parents and we also offer specific courses enabling you to learn some Welsh that you can use with the children.
Many Welsh learners find that gaining a qualification is a good way to monitor their progress and is a useful incentive to do some revision!
The WJEC offer four levels of qualification for adults who are learning Welsh, in the ‘Defnyddio'r Gymraeg' series. The levels are Entry, Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced.
Once your course has started you can also boost your learning programme by attending the one-day courses held on Saturdays (Sadwrn Siarad) at our Community Learning Centres.
Tuition is provided at all levels and the number of contact hours is equivalent to that gained in at least two evening classes. Other weekend and longer courses are also available.