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30 June 2011
People in Wales and further afield can learn and improve their Welsh language skills and find out more about Welsh life as part of a fast-track summer school at the University.
Held throughout July and August, the summer school offers residential and non-residential courses that cater for Welsh learners of all levels and abilities.
The course, which is run by the School of Welsh’s Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Welsh for Adults Centre, is the only one of its type in Wales, condensing a year’s worth of learning into a shorter timescale. As well as learning and improving their Welsh, students get the chance to immerse themselves in Welsh life and culture and practise their new found language skills.
Dr Rachel Heath-Davies, Director of the Centre said: "This is an excellent course, which provides a unique opportunity to learn Welsh full-time for four or eight weeks. Learners can acquire as much Welsh in this short space of time as it would take to study a once -weekly course for a year. The course is great fun and concentrates on speaking Welsh. It is a great way for complete beginners to start speaking Welsh straight away, and for more advanced learners and speakers of Welsh to polish up and practice speaking Welsh.
"We aim to ensure that people enjoy the course and use their Welsh language skills in a relaxed, informal environment. As well as classroom-based learning, there are informal social events outside class and plenty of excursions. These are great opportunities to get to know other learners and tutors, practise Welsh and of course have a good time. The more our summer school students use the language the quicker they learn."
The courses run from early July 2011 until the end of August 2011 and can be booked as a block of four or eight weeks. Further information about the summer school is available from the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Welsh for Adults Centre on 02920 874710 or online at www.learnwelsh.co.uk
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