Free Welsh student scheme exceeds demand

A new free language scheme, to offer Cardiff University students the chance to learn Welsh alongside their studies, is expanding

More than 200 students have followed the School of Welsh’s free beginners courses – Welsh for All – since they were launched at last year’s National Eisteddfod.

Following this success, free courses will now also be offered to Cardiff University students at Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced levels from October.

The popularity of Welsh for All was highlighted at an event at this year’s Eisteddfod at Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. The session included an international student studying Law who became proficient in Welsh after immersing himself in the language.

Dr Angharad Naylor, Welsh for All Project Manager at the School of Welsh, said: “The progress of the Welsh for All project has been excellent and has exceeded expectations.

“I look forward to working with students next year to enhance and develop the provision so that many more Cardiff University students can experience the Welsh language and enjoy learning it.”

Next year’s Welsh for All will offer a mixture of intensive and nine-week courses with a range of online resources to develop language skills.

Dr Naylor added: “Students have enjoyed the electronic activities through the virtual learning environment and the interactive nature of the lessons, but many students have highlighted the fact that the course has provided them with the opportunity to develop personal skills as well as linguistic skills.

Several events will form part of the Summer of Innovation, a celebration of the University’s innovative work that will bring people together from academia and industry to build and strengthen connections and partnerships.

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