A weekly Welsh language conversations group for learners runs weekly on Tuesday evenings at Queen Mary’s College in Basingstoke. If you would like to be contacted to learn more then please phone QMC Public Services Department on 01256 417522.
2. : Welsh for Adults web site; National Assembly A first stop for anything to do with where how and when to learning Welsh Includes lists of courses on offer throughout Wales http://www.cymraegioedolion.org/
3. Book Publishers Gomer Press Llandysul, Ceredigion, SA44 4JL Tel (Publishing Department): +44 (0)1559 363090 Tel (Book Orders Department): +44 (0)1559 363092 E-mail (orders enquiries): email@example.com Web site http://www.gomer.co.uk/
The largest Welsh publishers Gomer offer the NOFELAU NAWR range of books specially written for learners They Include vocabulary and useful glossary notes. The series includes the four BLODWEN JONES books and some outstanding others particularly - MODRYBEDD AFRADLON by Mihangel Morgan “An entertaining, light-hearted novel about the crazy and incredible escapades of two septuagenarian aunts, their nephew and dog creating havoc for the law and hotel owners as they travel around Britain without paying for accommodation or for the cars they buy with counterfeit cheques.
Gomer also publishes the CYFRES CAM AT Y CEWRI. These are abridged versions for learners of Welsh of some of the most famous Welsh language novelists. These also have a vocabulary and notes at the foot of each page. And CYFRES MYNEDIAD I GYMRU: a series of books for Welsh learners presenting various aspects of life in Wales in a lively manner. Created for learners on the 'Mynediad' course.
Gomer also publish a large selection of dictionaries and grammar books including TREIGLADUR, Y - A CHECK-LIST OF WELSH MUTATIONS ISBN: 1 85902 480 7
Lolfa (place of Fun) is a small but very lively publisher. They publish language books for learners including the brilliant Heini Gruffudd Learners Dictionary. They also have a series of books written for learners. Best to browse their web site at http://www.ylolfa.com/chwilio.php?lang=cy&func=pori_adran&adran=Learners Talybont, Ceredigion, Cymru / Wales, SY24 5AP ffôn 0044 (0)1970 832 304
Gwasg Carreg Gwalch 12 Iard yr Orsaf, Llanrwst, Dyffryn Conwy, LL26 0EH eMail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gyngor Llyfrau Cymru (Welsh Books Council) Will sell you any book in print in Welsh and deliver it within 48 hours Their service is remarkably fast and efficient. Their web site is well organized Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru / Welsh Books Council, Castell Brychan, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 2JB, T 01970 624151 E email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Magazines for Learners
Lingo Newydd published by Golwg bi-monthly, £1.25 A magazines written specifically for learners, Lingo helpfully indicates which level each article is pitched at, with blue for beginners, green for improvers and red for advanced learners. Each article, includes a list of vocabulary. A year’s subscription costs £7-50. Lingo Newydd, d/o Golwg, Blwch Post 4, Llanbedr Pont Steffan, Ceredigion, SA48 01570 423529 email@example.com http://www.golwg.com/ Acen Magazine for Learners Available by subscription only, through post or on-line. 5 editions a year for £5 Subscribe by credit card: phone 02920 300800 http://www.acen.co.uk/
5. On line courses
Lampeter Now part of the University of Trinity St Davids.. The Welsh Department run the longest standing distance learning programme in Welsh. High quality tutorial support. See : http://www.lamp.ac.uk/adran-cymraeg/
Canolfan Iaith Acen offers a wide range of online courses for learners. The centre offers over 1,000 learning hours of courses and resources for Welsh learners on five levels together with back-up mentor support and e-activities to give regular practice. For more information contact: 029 2030 0808 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org For further information please view the Acen Language Centre website and the Learn Welsh with Acen website.
The Open University offers a Welsh-language course, Croeso: beginners’ Welsh, every year beginning in November. Being the OU their (excellent) courses does not correspond to nayone else’s framework but it is roughly equivalent to WJEC Mynediad and Sylfaen combined. Further details can be found at The Open University website.
There are six dedicated Welsh for Adults Centres set up to deliver Welsh learning. They have excellent links in every community across Wales and all offer a wide range of courses • Cardiff and The Vale of Glamorgan • Glamorgan • Gwent • Mid Wales • North Wales • South West Wales Fuller details are on the Welsh for Adults web site at http://www.cymraegioedolion.org/ From here you can also download a full list of residential courses. You can also contact the Centres directly by email email@example.com.
• Nant Gwrtheyrn A very special and beautiful place along the Llŷn drenched in romantic legend. The Nant was an old quarrying village which was deserted in the 60’s. It is now converted into a residential Welsh Language teaching centre. The location in a mystical hidden valley “between the mountains and the sea” combined with high quality tuition makes staying there a unique (if not cheap) experience. http://www.nantgwrtheyrn.org
• London Welsh Association with City Lit The only centre in England now offering WJEC courses and acting as an examination centre is the London Welsh Association. City Lit provide the courses and they offer other weekly or occasional Welsh courses at other centres in Central London http://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses/Languages/Welsh
The WJEC provide the examination framework called Defnyddio’r Gymraeg on which the courses previously offered at QMC were based. Most providers and all the Welsh Language Centres operate within this frame work. The suite of qualifications is designed specifically for adults who are learning Welsh, Qualifications are open to adults who have learnt Welsh as a second language or who are learning at present. It is not necessary to be in a specific class to sit the exams.
Previous examination papers and their accompanying notes and sound files can be downloaded free from the WJEC web site. http://www.wjec.co.uk/
8. Assessing your current level of Welsh
To get an idea of how good (or poor) your current level try the on-line Acen test available at http://www.learnons4c.co.uk/level_test.php and/or the shorter BBC test at http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/learnwelsh/level_test
9. Other important websites for Welsh learners.
BBC Learn Welsh A huge array of resources including the archived sound files of the Cennard Davies Catchphrase series which was for decades the principal Welsh for Adults course and has yet to be bettered. http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/learning/learnwelsh/
BBC- Eclips http://www.bbc.co.uk/cymru/eclips/ A series of video clips in Welsh on a wide variety of subjects. No transcripts
S4C Welsh TV Go to the learners pages at http://www.s4c.co.uk/dysgwyr/ . Put in your level and the site will guide you to activities at that level linked to programmes currently available live or through the S4C I Player called “CLIC”