Welcome to the homepage for Welsh for Adults Research

The South West Wales Welsh for Adults Centre has responsibility for developing and supporting Welsh for Adults Research. Steve MORRIS works within the Centre as a Research Officer and he coordinates the work in this field as well as working on specific research projects.

This website is intended as a ‘window’ to all the research work which is currently taking place in the field of Welsh for Adults. In addition, the website offers resources to researchers in the field – for example, the Welsh for Adults Bibliography and information about relevant publications. Enquiries from researchers / prospective researchers in the field are welcome and likewise, any information about research work which is underway in other institutions in Wales or beyond. Information on Welsh for Adults research work is disseminated through this website and also through the Welsh for Adults Research Group which meets twice a year.

Contact details: e-mail s.morris@swansea.ac.uk    | tel. +44 (0) 1792 602070

 

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Welsh for Adults Research Strategy

The first national strategy / strategaeth for Welsh for Adults Research was drawn up for the period 2006 – 2009. The aim of this new document is to present an overview of the main developments in this field during that period and evaluate to what extent the objectives of the first strategy have been successfully achieved. In addition to this, revised aims and objectives for the next three years are presented together with the priorities noted as regards the development of research fields during that period.

 

 

 

Current Research

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

Recent Publications

The ‘Llyfryddiaeth Cymraeg i Oedolion’ [Welsh for Adults Bibliography] lists all of the publications in the field of Welsh for Adults. The list below provides links to recent publications in this area either through a bespoke website or by clicking on a link which connects to the publication.

Core vocabulary Mynediad and Sylfaen levels:

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/cy/israddedig/academihywelteifi/ymchwil/cyhoeddiadauymchwil/geirfagraidd/

Canolfannau Cymraeg and social networks:

http://www.swan.ac.uk/media/Full%20Report.pdf

Research into how the Welsh Language is transferred to adults:

http://wales.gov.uk/docs/dcells/report/130416-research-study-en.pdf

Research Resources

Here, some of the research resources which can be of use to researchers in the field of Welsh for Adults are listed. One of the main resources is the ‘Llyfryddiaeth Cymraeg i Oedolion’ [Welsh for Adults Bibliography] (which will next be updated in 2015). Some of the main publications which have appeared since the publication of the last Bibliography in the section ‘Recent Publications’.

Any publications or resources which are no longer widely available to researchers in the field are also included here e.g. a copy of the Welsh for Adults research journal published in 2000 @dborth.

Llyfryddiaeth Cymraeg i Oedolion

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