New Carmarthenshire Language Learning Centers will help children become bilingual

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Two new language learning centers have been set up in Carmarthenshire to provide additional support for children to become bilingual.

The centers are housed in a building at Ysgol Maes Y Gwendraeth in Cefneithin and split between primary and secondary students.

The self-contained facility includes three new first floor classrooms for school use to help with additional Welsh Medium capacity due to increased demand.

They will provide immersion education – where the medium of teaching and learning is delivered wholly or mainly through the medium of Welsh – for learners across the county, particularly those new to Carmarthenshire and teaching in Welsh.

The centers will provide language refresher courses to improve the Welsh language and provide remedial programs for sixth and seventh year pupils to ensure a smooth transition to secondary school.

The centers will be used to upgrade the skills of teachers and support staff to enable them to teach bilingually in and outside the classroom, and to improve the Welsh language skills of staff.

This will build on an innovative pilot project in the Llanelli area providing Welsh language support to staff in English-language primary and secondary schools.

Carmarthenshire Council received a Welsh Middle School Investment Grant of £985,248 from the Welsh Government to establish the two language centres.

He is committed to creating a bilingual and multilingual Carmarthenshire and these centers are part of a much larger plan.

The Welsh Education Strategic Plan (WESP) was approved by the council cabinet at the end of January following an extensive eight-week public consultation and sets out the council’s vision for bilingual education for the next 10 years .

The plan reflects the language learning area in the New Curriculum for Wales and supports the Welsh Government’s target of one million speakers by 2050.

It shows how the council will develop Welsh language provision in schools based on outcomes and targets set by the Welsh Government.

The aim is for every child in Carmarthenshire to be fluent in Welsh and English when they leave school.

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Education and Children’s Services Council Cabinet Member Cllr Glynog Davies said:

“I am absolutely delighted that we have opened these two language centers to support both our primary and secondary learners on their bilingual journey, and our school staff to improve their Welsh skills indoors and outdoors. of the classroom.

“This purpose-built accommodation, located in Ysgol Maes Y Gwendraeth, is where pupils of all ages can learn Welsh in a modern and innovative high-tech environment.

“We have just submitted our Welsh Strategic Plan in Education to the Welsh Government, and these new centers support our aim of having all children confidently bilingual by the age of seven, or certainly by the age of 11. years, through the use of immersion education techniques in the early years.

Council leader Cllr Emlyn Dole said: “Our priority is to give our children the best education to give them the best start in life.

“This includes modern, state-of-the-art accommodation and facilities and increasing opportunities for all our young people to communicate bilingually, even multilingually, and all the benefits that come with that.

“The world we live in is changing rapidly and it is important that we are able to prepare our young people to thrive in the path they will choose in the future by providing them with the skills and knowledge they need to to succeed.

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