Bilingual teaching is challenging, and the fact that practitioners can speak Welsh and English does not automatically mean they are confident to work in a professional bilingual environment. Maintaining balanced and fair usage of two languages in learning and teaching requires planning and organisation. Confidence and enthusiasm are also essential to ensure that learners have every opportunity to use and develop their language of choice and their bilingual personal skills. The purpose of the 30 credit module at level M (7), ‘Bilingual Teaching Methodology’ is to prepare practitioners to do this. The training aims to increase the number of practitioners who teach bilingually, leading in turn to an increase in the level and confidence of learners’ language use in an educational setting. They will be prepared to work confidently and effectively in Welsh and English, using the two languages in a balanced and appropriate way according to the language needs of the learning group.
The training is intended for practitioners who can communicate with informal fluency in Welsh and English, but who are not experienced or confident to teach adults and learners aged 14-19 in mixed language groups. Bangor University’s guidelines state that applicants must have either an initial degree, a recognised equivalent qualification, or be over 25 years of age with at least two years of relevant professional experience.
The training is held over a period of five intensive days as well as visits with the college across an academic year.
Training can be located in a college or another suitable location. Please contact Sgiliaith for more information.
Please refer to the timetable in the Course Handbook.
The training is held over a period of five intensive days across three terms. Observations of microteaching sessions as a group activity and classroom teaching are arranged, and also personal study. The five day sessions will focus on the various factors which should be taken into account in order to maintain effective bilingual learning and teaching.
Some of these will include:
- creating a bilingual ethos
- Learning and teaching methodologies in a bilingual setting
- Planning lessons and activities in a bilingual learning and teaching setting
- preparing and utilising resources for learning and teaching in a bilingual setting
- language registers
- the potential of ITC to support learning and teaching in the bilingual setting
- identifying the language level and bilingualism of individuals, and tracking progress in language levels
- the context of Welsh-medium and bilingual education in Wales
- an introduction to theories regarding bilingual learning and teaching appropriate to post-14 education in Wales
The training is funded by the Welsh Government.
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