Welsh for Adult Tutoring Failure


          The provision of the Welsh for Adult Service in universities is a historical anachronism. Universities are designed to cater for academics needs and not community learners. There has been a history of developing D.I.Y. methods of learning Welsh in them.m.        

 Learning a new requires years of work. Hunter and Turner (2007) contend that many learners commence learning Welsh without their being aware of how much work is needed. Learning discontinuity rates are high in the Welsh for Adult Service, but this does not appear to concern the universities.

      

     Teaching and learning a new language is difficult for teachers to teach and for learners to learn in the curriculum. Immersion learning methods cannot be effective in Wales when the Welsh language is all around learners. Learning discontinuity rates are exceptionally high. Teaching skills are needed to teach community Welsh, not language Ph.D.'s.

  Curriculum development should be a process of continuing improvement in learning services that are deliver. There is no evidence that they have had any pragmatic interest in saving the living Welsh language. There is clear evidence that the Schools of Welsh have only been interested in maintain the status quo. 
 Their Welsh Government Welsh for Adult research approved 1950s behaviourist Skinnerist learning values.    

  Colin Miles,  a retired chemist in his Welsh Affairs illustrates a myriad of problems that Welsh adult learners confront. There is no evidence the university academics have had the open and honestly to admit them. let alone offer pragmatic solutions to them. Colin Miles lamented the lack of standard Welsh. Gunn (2011) contended that there was a danger of the Welsh language desolving into confusion unless the problem was address.

  Colin Miles contended that it is impossible for an adult to learn proper Welsh. They learn a artificial Welsh called  'Cymru am Byw', what Miles refers to pigeon Welsh. Gunn (2017) contended that is virtually impossible for an adult to learn Welsh successfully unless they live in a Welsh speaking family. 

  The Universities have been granted a state monopoly of Welsh language provision. The only alternative is private lessons. The universities and their highly paid academics get there money whatever happens to their learners. Many learners drop out of learning blaming themselves for their failure to learn Welsh. 

   Professional teachers go to Schools of Education to develop their teaching skills and they are required to conform to exacting standards of practice, Wallace (2009) in the researched Oxford Educational Dictionary states that:-     

 "Although like most other professions. teaching requires a lengthy period of training and adherence to a professional code of conduct, many would argue that that are not normally accorded the parity of status with the other professions, such as law and medicine."

The Welsh for Adult on their highly paid academic salaries have been making up their own methods for a service that is at the school level of learning.

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   What is being practiced in the Welsh for Adult service is what is referred to as the Master Apprentice methods of tutoring and learning. "I can speak Welsh so I will show you how to learn it". Professional teaching, which Further Education Teachers are required to practice, requires teachers to make learning ever more accessible to learners of all learning potential,  not only the intelligent learners.

   Most Welsh learners remain ignorant of how learning Welsh could be made more accessible to them, but it remain very difficult for the vast majority of learning to develop anything resembling even basic Welsh language fluency.

 Learners only have one interest. They want to learn Welsh. At a time when school days is being cut and teaching support staff in schools are being made redundant it must seriously be questioned whether it is a prudent public investment to continue to fund a Welsh for Adult service that is directed by high paid academics, who possess a impoverished understanding of community learners needs. 

Dick Motimer his "Confession of a Welsh Learner" in his outline of
learning Welsh called for Welsh to be taught by professional teachers


Colin Miles - I Do not want to Learn Pigeon Welsh I.W.A.