Is this course right for me?
The fact that practitioners can speak Welsh and English does not automatically mean they are confident to work in a professional bilingual environment. 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 module is aimed at practitioners who can communicate fluently in English and Welsh but lack the confidence to teach mixed language groups.Bangor University’s guidelines state that applicants must either have an initial degree, a recognised equivalent qualification, or be over 25 years of age with at least two years of relevant professional experience.
The five day sessions will focus on the various factors that should be taken into account in order to maintain effective bilingual teaching and learning. Some of these will include:
- Creating a bilingual ethos;
- Teaching and learning methodologies in a bilingual setting;
- Planning lessons and activities in a bilingual teaching and learning setting;
- Preparing and utilising resources for teaching and learning in a bilingual setting;
- Language registers;
- The potential of ITC to support teaching and learning in a 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 teaching and learning appropriate to post-14 education in Wales.
Formal assessments of microteaching sessions and learning and teaching observations will take place in the practitioners' organisation as part of the module. Practitioners are also given the opportunity to undertake action research and written self-assessment of their personal practices in writing at Level 7. There will also be a need for personal study.
Sgiliaith offers a number of courses to support colleges and other providers across Wales as they respond to the increasing demand for Welsh language skills in the post-14 education sector. Browse our courses in the ‘National Staff Development Scheme' section, or contact Sgiliaith to arrange tailored training.