ERIC Number: ED108469
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1961
Reference Count: 0
The Presentation of Welsh as a Second Language: Some Suggestions. Pamphlet No. 8.
Ellis, Tecwyn; Williams, Jac L.
This pamphlet offers some suggestions on the use of Welsh as a second language in Welsh schools. In the present-day situation the goal of a bilingual Wales is far from realized; it appears that equal fluency in both languages is seldom achieved. A case is made for: (1) thorough grounding in a child's home language before the introduction of a second; and (2) the introduction of the second language at an early age. It is also noted that the precarious position of Welsh vs. English calls for special handling of English as a second language in Welsh-speaking Wales. Attention is drawn to the need for the introduction of Welsh in nursery schools. Suggestions are made for the use of nursery rhymes, songs, etc, and for considerate and sympathetic teaching to insure a positive attitude in the child. It appears that the whole school system needs to be adjusted to achieve the bilingual goal. Finally, consideration is given to the teaching of Welsh as a second language to older children. The Bilingual Translation Method is advocated for this purpose, and the structural approach is also discussed. Finally, true bilingualism is seen as possible only through an adequate number of contact hours with each language. (AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wales Univ., Aberystwyth. Univ. Coll. of Wales.