A number of research projects are currently underway either in the field of Welsh for Adults or in areas which appertain to Welsh for Adults. As well as specific research projects, research students are undertaking work in the field and the aim is to list these students and their research fields shortly on this website.
Swansea University / South West Wales WfA Centre
Mynediad and Sylfaen level core vocabularies: the wordlists have been published (see ‘Recent Publications’) and the work of expanding the research into other areas is ongoing.
CorCenC [National Corpus of Welsh]: a joint project with Dr Dawn Knight of Newcastle University and Professor Tess Fitzpatrick of Cardiff University and a number of collaborators and consultants to create a Corpus of contemporary Welsh. The work on collecting data on electronic language has already been carried out with the data currently being analysed.
Canolfannau Cymraeg and social networks: a project which was funded by the Welsh Government looking at learners’ social networks in comparatively non-Welsh-sepaking areas and whether learning in a ‘Canolfan Gymraeg’ affects these networks. (See ‘Recent Publications’)
Cardiff University / Cardiff and the Vale WfA Centre
Research to improve how the Welsh Language is transferred to adults: a project funded by the Welsh Government which considers how the transference of Welsh to adults who are learning the language can be improved. Learning/teaching methods/methodologies, language learning theory, the nature of the learning/teaching resources which are necessary to do this effectively and the future development of WfA curriculum are all considered. (See ‘Recent Publications’)
Capacity building and language skills transfer in the Welsh digital economy: a project which is looking at electronic learning in the context of adults learning Welsh in Nant Gwrtheyrn.
A study of common pronunciation difficulties amongst Welsh learners: Very few previous studies have concentrated specifically on pronunciation difficulties which are common amongst Welsh learners. The objective of this study, therefore, is to fulfill the need for detailed research work in this field. The project began in October 2012 and it has a number of different dimensions, e.g. 1 An attempt to establish which phonological elements are most likely to cause difficulties to learners; 2 An exploration of which of these difficulties affect learners’ ability to communicate effectively and to integrate with Welsh speaking communities; 3 In the light of this study’s findings, the intention is to develop resources specifically for the Welsh for Adults (WfA) sector which will be of benefit to tutors and learners alike