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  Read about Aran Jones, the Welsh language campaigner, who has no recognised teaching qualification, claim he invented a miracle method of language learning.

        Aran Jones has been claiming on his website that whilst some people take years to learn Welsh, some people can learn Welsh in a couple of weeks and that they can be happily chatting away with anyone they meet. He has claimed he learnt Manx from scratch to a conversational level in five intensive hours.
  Aran has referred to his miracle 'fast memorisation'  method of language learning as the new way forward for language learning and that it could be done in any language.

Paper on Wlpan Type Method

      Aran Jones is apply his own unique version of the Welsh university Wlpan method of learning. It is a behaviourist method of learning. What Confuscious who died in 489 B.C. as a 'Feed the Duck' method of learning. Human beings are intelligent specifies, they are not animal rats or pigeons.

          Dr. Margaret Newcombe (2008) claimed that Wlpan was a proven method of language learning that does not suit all learners needs. Wikepedia suggest that Wplan, which simply the Welsh for Ulapn, that in Israel,  "A government study in 2007 has shown that even after five months of intensive Hebrew study at ulpan, sixty percent of new immigrants over the age of thirty cannot read, write or speak Hebrew at a minimum level."   

   The method is being applied in Scotland where learners are required to memorise sets of phrase each week like 'parrots'.

        Hunter and Turner (2006) contend that the authorities were concerned about the high discontinuity rates of Welsh Adult learners. Is not really surprising that the discontinuity rates were high if the universities were applying vintage 19th Century tutoring methods that did not suit all lernears needs       


1, Aran Jones has no recognised  legal teaching qualifications or training on how to research educational, learning issues. Much of what he asserts is clearly 'made up'.  

2.  Why he believe that he can create and discover a 'unique' miracle method of language learning is delusional. There is a vast amount of research on how we learn.

3. Why he  believes that his 'fast memorisation' Bostick instant fix method of language learning has validity is a complete mystery.  It is animal training methods, a brain dead method for tutor and learners, Conficious 848 B.C. refers to it as the 'feed the duck' method of learning.

4. He claims that is possible for learners to learn to speak Welsh to anyone they meet in a few weeks is delusional.  Research suggests that it takes 10,000 hours to develop fluency in a new language.

5. Aran Jones' 'brain shock' learning methods are fictional also. The only shock the brain can have is concussion.

6. Aran Jones believes that new language should be listed to a double speed. They will struggle to understand it a half speed.

7. He believes that many people are blind, they can only aurally. Perhaps they have not been to Specsavers.

8. His 'insanely intensive' course are insane.  
Cramming information retards learning.

9. A review of his course on Amazon ulk suggest it was type of language you would be expected to be given for nothing at the bus  stop.  Learners do not instant absorb phrases like parrots.


10. Aran Jones advises learners to cut out the complicated stuff and he is methods are unique.
No one else practices them because they are trash.


Evidence

Petty - How we Memorise facts


How Long it Takes to Learn a Language - Sarah Eaton


Pigeon Welsh Confronts Mutations (I do not want to learn pigeon Welsh)


Dic Mortimer Struggle to Learn Welsh


DeKaser - Language Authority - Long Time to Reach Native Like Fluency


Honest Welsh Language Tutors Explaining the Difficulty of Learning Welsh.


Open University - Deceiving Learners about Fast Learning Methods.


D.I.Y. Tutoring Methods

Professor Dai Reynolds and Mujis - Welsh Tutor - Hunter and Turner

Example of Good Welsh for Adult Practice - Coursebook

Newcombe - Welsh Speakers Not Being Prepared to Speak with Welsh Learning.  

   Aran was claim to have an association wIth Agored Cymru for two years despite the fact he had no relation with them.

           Wlpan is no longer being practiced in the Welsh for Adult services.  Aran Jones appears to believe he can say anything he likes.

     What Aran did on his podcast where he claimed sipping Manx Vodka was simply copy phrases that were cited to him like a 'parrot'. He was just repeating phrases. He had his computer in front of him.

          It is physiologically impossible for anyone to instantly learn new language phrases. The notice that a language can be learn to a communicative level in seven intensive hours is delusional.

  The notion that a Welsh speak, who has no legal teaching qualifications, who is teaching status is a 'Tom, Dick and Mary', who lamentably ignorant of the most elementary principles of pedagogy is going to invent a new way of learning anything is silly. It explicit clear he has invited a means to taking money out innocent English speaking Welsh learners with his claimed unique learning methods.

      This is a Amazon review of Aron's Jones Kindle book:-

“The introduction is just a 'hook' reeling you in for your wallet. The whole thing is an advertisement. It seems the author usually sells his services on line for ten - fifteen pounds and hour.


    Full of patter and no content, not even in English, for how to apply this so called method which doesn't really extend beyond speaking words out loud and learning them in blocks followed by a long period of neglect! 


    To be honest I would expect someone to tell me that much for nothing in casual conversation at a bus stop.


  There are references at the end to the great Michel Thomas (which incidentally I have used extensively and MOST CERTAINLY AND UNRESERVEDLY DO HIGHLY recommend) and also the famous Pimsluer courses, just in case you're a language wimp not up for the two levels of Spanish produced thus far or the more extensive Welsh
the authors efforts in the first place. 


    In my opinion the author ought to be prosecuted under the trades descriptions act for selling an advert in the guise of a book.
I might add that I am also well disappointed with Amazon for colluding in that. 


    No doubt there will be other points of view out there, but, those are mine, and I have no relationship whatsoever to any individual or group mentioned in this review beyond that of a customer. Nor have I ever
written a review for payment of any kind. 

  Dr. Margaret Newcombe expalins how difficult it is for uses to apply Welsh

Aran Jones Prospectus for his Bogus Agored Cymru Accredited Assessments

He claims his relation proved the quality of the complaint and his courses were value for money.

Agored Cymru - Respsonse and police involvement to come

 How did he do he Manx is Day Stunt?

       Aran had been working for months with his partner Estyn ap Dafydd to create a Manx version of his website, he had learn the phonology of Manx.

  Aran is very good a marketing his miracle methods of Welsh leaning.  He makes ridicolous promises he cannot deliver. What is an insanely intensive course,  he is just promising things he knows he cannot deliver.

    He has no recgonised teaching qualifications. The Wlpan type method he is positing died out of usage in the 1980s

  What Aran Jones is practising is the Master Apprentice methods of language learning. It is the I can speak Welsh and I will tell you how to  learn it if you give him your money

    Aran Jones is simply apply is unique form of the Wlpan method where he castigates every element of proven practice. 

      Aran's methods are so unique that no one else practices them on planet earth. He appears to say the first think that comes into his head. He makes up ridicolous promises he cannot deliver.

  Aran Jones has no teaching qualifications. He has never read a book in his life. He does not know how to learn.

        Agored Cyrmu rejected his application to have the Welsh language assessment scheme he had dream up that he wanted them to have accredited. He was claiming to have a relationship when they did not.  They even contacted the police about his conduct (Read all about it - Coming Soon)

Aran claims it crazy to believe that grammar should be taught.  His pathetic excuse is that English don't speak perfect grammar. Learning grammar is in pure term learning the appropriate word order to construct meaning. Languages cannot applied without an understanding of grammar. (The Mac Allister report refer to many Welsh learners being to frightened to speak Welsh, because of lack of understanding about grammar).

Aran claims that schools get children to read and write because it is easier for them to teach children in classes of 20 to 30
Aran advises learners to listen to language at double speed in his Kindle. What is so clearly ignorant of is that spoken language is very transitory, there are no gaps between spoken word unlike written' ones, and written language supports the development of aural language. Iliterate people have very poor oral language skils.

Aran castigates what he believe schools failing children through not giving attention to speaking and listening.  Anyone who applies his silly advice of listening to radio and at double speed will be wasting their time. He does not have a clue how learners learn.

     There are Welsh Universities, such as Swansea University, colluding with and support his work. They do not appear to have an interest in Welsh learners interests. They do appear to really want learners to learn Welsh.

Aran Jones final brainstorm about listening to radio Wales at  normal speed suggest he appears to be illiterate or he has never met a Welsh learner. It defies stupidity. Learners will find it extremely difficult to identity the unfamiliar phonemes of language at slow speak. It is going to take thousands of hours before they would able to identify word on radio program designed for fluent Welsh speakers.

Aran is marketing his course to Welsh learners who are struggling to learn Welsh, who are finding Welsh difficult and making ridicolous promises he cannot deliver. Learners are applying self-imposed community services of practicising and trying to memorise phrases like 'parrots'. It gives them a false sense of progress on a journey to nowhere.

       Cardiff School Welsh supported Aran Jones methods in their Welsh for Adult research in 2012. University schools of Welsh have continued supporting him in his various scheming projects. They appear more interested in politics that serving learners interest. The problem with many of the academics is they are native fluent Welsh speakers, they have no empathy for what it is like for a learner, such as a village postman, to learn a language like Welsh. Most learners are doing more work than they are, they appear to disinterested to pick up a book to support their learners. (

           Why Aran Jones has been allowed to compete with the Welsh for Adult service with his corrupt promises and offering learners reckless advice is a complete mystery. Aran Jones has never conviction to even do a course or open a book in attempt to serve learners needs. Hurd and Murphy offer sense in each paragraph that the impoverished gospel Aran Jones speaks.

This is how Aran Jones is trying to market his money making schemes to learners struggling to learn Welsh. If the University are not solely dedicated to making learning Welsh as easy and accessible to their hard working conscientious learners, then they should find another job.

        What Aran Jones et al are so lamentably ignorant of that learning Welsh as an adult is biologically secondary activity.  Learning it is no different to learning anything else, apart from fact is is basic skill that is difficult for learners to learn and requires highly develop teaching skills to apply. Professional teachers know how to teach, even if univeristy academics don't..

Aran Jones and Agored Cymru 

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Hunter and Turner (2007) Honest Welsh Language tutors state the learning of grammar is essential.