05 Jun 2008

Open University extends Welsh language opportunities

Welsh course at the OU launched

Welsh course at the OU launched

Struggling to pronounce Welsh place-names? Perhaps you’ve moved to Wales recently and don’t speak the language. Maybe you need a basic knowledge of Welsh in your work. The Open University can help, as it has just added Croeso: beginners’ Welsh to the range of language courses on offer.

Croeso will give students the skills they need to speak and understand simple Welsh in everyday situations. The focus is on practical application, including socialising, travelling and shopping.

Dewi Evans, Head of Welsh at the Department of Languages and Course Team Chair said: “The course is ideal for non-Welsh speakers living and working or simply holidaying in Wales, and also for people who have an interest in the language and its wider culture, wherever they live in Wales.”

Rob Humphreys, Director of The Open University in Wales said: “We’re proud to be playing our part in ensuring the Welsh language reaches as wide a potential audience as possible. The University’s experience in delivering language courses to thousands of students has been drawn upon to develop this new course, which underlines the University’s commitment to Wales and the Welsh language. It will also help students to develop an understanding of aspects of Welsh society and culture.”

The course materials are carefully structured and graded, and provide ample opportunities to practise the language in everyday contexts with an emphasis on listening and speaking skills. By the end of the course, students will be able to speak, read and write simple Welsh.

The first presentation will be November 2008, and registration is now open. For further information, please follow link (right).

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