Howards hgunn.uk Wesbsite
Howard is now in the process of developing his hgunn.uk and Socpie.uk websites. The hgunn.uk is a professional teaching resources. It is temporary suspended for technical reasons.
There have been a whole range of socpie.uk achievements, where individuals have been cited privately, and have accepted the advice given.
Howard shares Professor David Reynolds and Mujis view that education should resemble medicine, where there is no politics involved. Sadly there remains far too much political interference in Welsh and Gaelic language learning. The effects of children's learning through the medium of these language relate to very deep pedagogical issues.
Howards Donaldson's Papers
Howard has written seven papers in respect of the Donaldson Report and he will be approaching the Institution of Welsh Affairs to publish them on their website shortly. They are available on this website.
The Welsh Government has been referred to have 'fallen in love' with Donaldson's Report, but problems have arisen in Scottish Education.
The Scottish Pisa results are not sufficient to ring alarm Bell's, but Socpie.uk has some serious concerns about the Donaldson's recommendations.
These will be addressed in 2020 with refer to the Times Educational review of the curriculum and the comtinuing debate on the curriculum.
Second language Tutoring
Coleman and Klapper (2006) contend that:-
"Yet Junior lecturers are required to spend a lot of their time teaching language classes, and it might be thought unsatisfactory, not to say unprofessional, that they are not being better prepared for what is a complex task. In the absence of dedicated training, most new academics are likely to remain only vaguely aware of the substantial pedagogical research base of their subject, reinforcing perceptions among colleagues in English language teaching and second language acquisition.....While language centres are able to draw on a reasonable pool of tnined teachers, often with experience in secondary schools and FE, and regularly promote an active culture of C.P.D. in language pedagogy, academic language departments face a tougher task"
Children's BehaviourThe evidence that being a teacher provides those who practice it with an experience of what was like to be placed in the stock during Mediveal Times, everyone throws mud on them.
Howard is in the process of completing a book on how to learn new languages. He has written it so Welsh and other language learners can learn about the quality of service that they are entitled to receive in the Welsh for Adult service.
Howard is very tired of the low expectations and lack of respect that certain Welsh for Adult tutors have for English speaking Welsh learners.
What Professional Teachers Really Do
Professor Paul Howard Jones a neuro-scientist educationalist refers to "Teachers rewire and restructure the brain in other that can be as biological, and ultimately as life changing as neuro-surgery". The notion that Tom, Dicks and Mary's can discover miracle methods of learning is delusional. Evolution of the Learning Brain (2018)
E.S.T.Y.N. Welsh for Adult Service Requirement
All Welsh for Adult tutors are required to apply proven practices. They are not allowed to practice anything they like. Proven practice are those that have been professionally applied to large populations of learners. Research must be related to proven authorities in their field, research accepted by a wide range of authorities in them. Not simply Welsh speakers .
Tutors, who are unregistered and unregistered course providers, must conform to the same exacting practice expected of a Welsh Government, E.S.T.Y.N. inspected service, they must be open and honest, their conduct must be commensurate with the E.S.T.Y.N. requirements.
Grammar must be taught, reading and writing must be practised on E.S.T.Y.N. inspected Welsh for Adult courses. Grammar is taught in all schools.
The service in Further Education conforms to these standards because they are registered and tutors legally have to conform to them high standards of conduct and practice.
The Professional Status of Teachers
There appears to be an endemic lack of respect for professional teachers in Wales. They are highly trained, they have legally accredited teaching qualifications, they are trained in schools of education, and they must be registered to practice like solicitors and doctors. Legally anyone without Q.T.S. and Q.T.L.S. qualifications are tutors.
The time appears long overdue when the Welsh Government stops discriminating against conscientious, hard working English speaking adult Welsh learners and give all Welsh for Adult tutors registered status to protect them being exploited and to ensure public money is not being wasted.
All other community services have registered tutors. Learners should be entitled to trust their tutors advice. Registration will allow them to be assured of this.Curriculum Debate
Second Language Learning
Howard is in the processing of writing a book on how to learn languages. It will drawn on evidence from his researched books. It will have a cognitive learning perspective.
It will be on second languages generally, but it will advise on how learners can learn Welsh most effectively. It will relate to the research he has undertaken.
Howard is confident that Welsh for Adult learners will welcome it. He is Q.T.S. qualified to teach Welsh.
The book is now well drafted.