We are proud to be part of a new national scheme introduced by the National Centre for Learning Welsh to teach Welsh to thousands of adults.
New national ‘blended learning’ courses, which combine tutor-led distance learning on video conferencing platforms with independent online study, have attracted 1,300 beginners.
The free, 10-week courses started last week, with learners from Wales and beyond joining 89 virtual classes, which are taught by enthusiastic and experienced tutors based in all parts of the country.
Rhodri Evans, our Education Manager, said: “We’re proud to be part of these new and inventive courses. Our full-time tutors and our Work Welsh tutors are responsible for teaching over 90 students over the next 10 weeks, offering them a high standard of guidance and support as they embark on their learning journey.
“Despite the Nant being closed and Welsh language courses postponed until at least August, we’ve been working hard to ensure that the Nant continues to play a vital role in the provision of Welsh language education for adults in Wales and beyond. We’ve all had to adapt and respond overnight to the Coronavirus crisis and I’m pleased that we, as a sector, came together to offer these services and support for learners. The feedback so far has been positive, from both learners and tutors.
“As we all adapt to this ‘new normal’, we’re currently exploring new possibilities for the traditional education provision we provide at Nant Gwrtheyrn, so that we can continue to deliver a high standard of education and support to our learners during this uncertain time. We look forward to welcoming learners back to our unique site as soon as it is safe to do so.”
There has been a huge increase in the number of people showing an interest in learning Welsh during the lockdown. National Centre for Learning Welsh figures show almost 7,000 new learners have also signed up for the Centre’s free online ‘taster’ courses since mid-March.
For a huge range of resources, help and support to help you learn Welsh, visit learnwelsh.cymru