Change set for teaching of Welsh

Change set for teaching of Welsh

Change set for teaching of Welsh

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THE system for teaching and learning Welsh in English-medium schools must change, the first minister Carwyn Jones and education minister Huw Lewis have said.

Mr Jones and education minister Huw Lewis said a number of key steps will be taken in response to the One Language for All Report, which made a raft of recommendations including that Welsh Government gives equal status to Welsh second language within the national curriculum.

The minister for education and skills, Huw Lewis, said: “In the past we have seen poor standards and low attainment in Welsh second language at Key Stages 3 and 4.

“This is simply not acceptable and must change.”

First minister Carwyn Jones said: “The Welsh language is a unique and valuable part of our identity and culture, and it is only right that every pupil in Wales – whether they go to a Welsh or English-medium school – is supported to become a competent speaker.

Among the measures will be the removal of the GCSE Welsh second language short course, promoting Welsh as a subject and as a skill for the workplace, and monitoring the take up of Welsh A-level.

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3:26pm Fri 16 May 14

Good Job No Kids says...

First minister Carwyn Jones said: “The Welsh language is a unique and valuable part of our identity and culture, and it is only right that every pupil in Wales – whether they go to a Welsh or English-medium school – is supported to become a competent speaker.

Really, should it not be up to the individual or their parents?

Unique? Yes

Valuable? No

Very limited benefit to employment outside North & West Wales, unless you work for council that's wastes millions on dual language services.
First minister Carwyn Jones said: “The Welsh language is a unique and valuable part of our identity and culture, and it is only right that every pupil in Wales – whether they go to a Welsh or English-medium school – is supported to become a competent speaker. Really, should it not be up to the individual or their parents? Unique? Yes Valuable? No Very limited benefit to employment outside North & West Wales, unless you work for council that's wastes millions on dual language services. Good Job No Kids
  • Score: 16

3:30pm Fri 16 May 14

Walter Devereux says...

Why do they not get it? Children do not want to be a "competent speaker" of Welsh and neither do most parents. It is no wonder people hate politicians when they are this out of touch.
Why do they not get it? Children do not want to be a "competent speaker" of Welsh and neither do most parents. It is no wonder people hate politicians when they are this out of touch. Walter Devereux
  • Score: 15

3:51pm Fri 16 May 14

-trigg- says...

THE system for teaching and learning Welsh in English-medium schools must change
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Close. just change the end of the sentence to "be abolished" and we might actually see some progress
THE system for teaching and learning Welsh in English-medium schools must change ----------- Close. just change the end of the sentence to "be abolished" and we might actually see some progress -trigg-
  • Score: 11

4:20pm Fri 16 May 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Walter Devereux wrote:
Why do they not get it? Children do not want to be a "competent speaker" of Welsh and neither do most parents. It is no wonder people hate politicians when they are this out of touch.
Precisely. The hallmark of the one-party state. Never mind what you think or want, we'll do what WE want. Mindless arrogant muppets.
[quote][p][bold]Walter Devereux[/bold] wrote: Why do they not get it? Children do not want to be a "competent speaker" of Welsh and neither do most parents. It is no wonder people hate politicians when they are this out of touch.[/p][/quote]Precisely. The hallmark of the one-party state. Never mind what you think or want, we'll do what WE want. Mindless arrogant muppets. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 4

5:04pm Fri 16 May 14

On the inside says...

Llanmartinangel wrote:
Walter Devereux wrote:
Why do they not get it? Children do not want to be a "competent speaker" of Welsh and neither do most parents. It is no wonder people hate politicians when they are this out of touch.
Precisely. The hallmark of the one-party state. Never mind what you think or want, we'll do what WE want. Mindless arrogant muppets.
It is not a one party state. Labour has never had a majority in the assembly not even for a day. Never mind welsh you clearly failed maths.
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Walter Devereux[/bold] wrote: Why do they not get it? Children do not want to be a "competent speaker" of Welsh and neither do most parents. It is no wonder people hate politicians when they are this out of touch.[/p][/quote]Precisely. The hallmark of the one-party state. Never mind what you think or want, we'll do what WE want. Mindless arrogant muppets.[/p][/quote]It is not a one party state. Labour has never had a majority in the assembly not even for a day. Never mind welsh you clearly failed maths. On the inside
  • Score: -9

5:05pm Fri 16 May 14

On the inside says...

On the inside wrote:
Llanmartinangel wrote:
Walter Devereux wrote:
Why do they not get it? Children do not want to be a "competent speaker" of Welsh and neither do most parents. It is no wonder people hate politicians when they are this out of touch.
Precisely. The hallmark of the one-party state. Never mind what you think or want, we'll do what WE want. Mindless arrogant muppets.
It is not a one party state. Labour has never had a majority in the assembly not even for a day. Never mind welsh you clearly failed maths.
ps. It ll next time though!
[quote][p][bold]On the inside[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Walter Devereux[/bold] wrote: Why do they not get it? Children do not want to be a "competent speaker" of Welsh and neither do most parents. It is no wonder people hate politicians when they are this out of touch.[/p][/quote]Precisely. The hallmark of the one-party state. Never mind what you think or want, we'll do what WE want. Mindless arrogant muppets.[/p][/quote]It is not a one party state. Labour has never had a majority in the assembly not even for a day. Never mind welsh you clearly failed maths.[/p][/quote]ps. It ll next time though! On the inside
  • Score: -9

6:08pm Fri 16 May 14

Llanmartinangel says...

On the inside wrote:
Llanmartinangel wrote:
Walter Devereux wrote:
Why do they not get it? Children do not want to be a "competent speaker" of Welsh and neither do most parents. It is no wonder people hate politicians when they are this out of touch.
Precisely. The hallmark of the one-party state. Never mind what you think or want, we'll do what WE want. Mindless arrogant muppets.
It is not a one party state. Labour has never had a majority in the assembly not even for a day. Never mind welsh you clearly failed maths.
With the largest number in the Senydd, most of the welsh councils and 26 of the 40 MPs that's one party enough for me.
[quote][p][bold]On the inside[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Walter Devereux[/bold] wrote: Why do they not get it? Children do not want to be a "competent speaker" of Welsh and neither do most parents. It is no wonder people hate politicians when they are this out of touch.[/p][/quote]Precisely. The hallmark of the one-party state. Never mind what you think or want, we'll do what WE want. Mindless arrogant muppets.[/p][/quote]It is not a one party state. Labour has never had a majority in the assembly not even for a day. Never mind welsh you clearly failed maths.[/p][/quote]With the largest number in the Senydd, most of the welsh councils and 26 of the 40 MPs that's one party enough for me. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 5

6:21pm Fri 16 May 14

Monmouthshire Merlin says...

Why don't these numbskulls Jones and Lewis get it. Parents don't want their children wasting time learning a worthless language. Those parents who do send their children to Welsh Medium Schools.
Parents need to voice loudly their objectIons as loud as tHe nationalists voice theirs.
At the end of the day, no one can force a child to attend a lesson they have no interest in. They simply turn up contribute nothing and decline homework and class work. Providing they are not disruptive there is absolutely nothing the school or local authority can do to enforce the subject.
Time to react and support your kids in their protest.
Wake up you arrogant pair of p r a ts in Cardiff Bay
Why don't these numbskulls Jones and Lewis get it. Parents don't want their children wasting time learning a worthless language. Those parents who do send their children to Welsh Medium Schools. Parents need to voice loudly their objectIons as loud as tHe nationalists voice theirs. At the end of the day, no one can force a child to attend a lesson they have no interest in. They simply turn up contribute nothing and decline homework and class work. Providing they are not disruptive there is absolutely nothing the school or local authority can do to enforce the subject. Time to react and support your kids in their protest. Wake up you arrogant pair of p r a ts in Cardiff Bay Monmouthshire Merlin
  • Score: 6

12:28pm Sat 17 May 14

Melvyn The Milk says...

Firstly, before improving Welsh language skills, children need to learn proper English as they used to and teachers need to place more emphasis on correct grammar again. Then we need to resurrect the learning of functionally useful foreign languages to benefit the economy and increase our children's opportunities in the real world. Keep the Welsh language alive by all means. Speak it in the home if you wish too but to place emphasis on a language spoken mostly in west and north Wales and Patagonia at the expense of good English and useful languages is madness. It is a fact that children in Europe speak and write English better than our own children. That cannot be right and will play havoc with our economy in years to come. These conceited politicians are playing games with our economy and children's future employment opportunities. Wake up and smell the (German and French) coffee.
Firstly, before improving Welsh language skills, children need to learn proper English as they used to and teachers need to place more emphasis on correct grammar again. Then we need to resurrect the learning of functionally useful foreign languages to benefit the economy and increase our children's opportunities in the real world. Keep the Welsh language alive by all means. Speak it in the home if you wish too but to place emphasis on a language spoken mostly in west and north Wales and Patagonia at the expense of good English and useful languages is madness. It is a fact that children in Europe speak and write English better than our own children. That cannot be right and will play havoc with our economy in years to come. These conceited politicians are playing games with our economy and children's future employment opportunities. Wake up and smell the (German and French) coffee. Melvyn The Milk
  • Score: 5

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