WJEC awarding Welsh Learners at the Eisteddfod
3 August 2012
A ceremony will be held to present certificates to the successful candidates of the Welsh for Adults exams in Maes D in the National Eisteddfod on Saturday 4 August this year.
In the ceremony, held at 1.00pm, the Education Minister Leighton Andrews will be speaking, and Mari Grug, one of S4C’s most familiar faces, will be presenting the certificates. Emyr Davies, WJEC’s Welsh for Adults’ exams officer will be leading the ceremony.
“I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to congratulate learners on behalf of the Welsh Government for their achievement in WJEC exams” says Leighton Andrews. “As a learner myself, I’m very aware of the hard work and commitment which is behind each certificate received here today. I wish everybody well as they enjoy the Eisteddfod and to have the opportunity to practice their Welsh in such a special context, and in the future too”.
Learning Welsh with WJEC
Every year, nearly 1,700 learners sit the exams established by WJEC for adults learning Welsh. They can be sat at locations across the whole of Wales, in co-operation with the six Welsh for Adults centres, and through Welsh Government sponsorship. A small number of applicants sit the exams in Patagonia every year.
As well as the exams, WJEC are working on various other projects involving the Welsh for Adults field on behalf of the Welsh Government, including course books, flash cards, Welsh resources for the Family, and the new website for learners and tutors which will be launched in the Eisteddfod this year, named Y Bont.
Learners accomplishing miracles!
One candidate who has enjoyed learning Welsh is Gareth Thomas from Cowbridge, who has reached advanced level in Welsh. After living in England for over forty years, Gareth was determined to learn Welsh as it is important for his identity.
"The best part of the course was having the opportunity to speak the language with other people and socialise in Welsh." said Gareth. "I enjoy using the language when speaking to residents in the village or when I meet up with old friends in Cardiff. I would recommend the course to anyone wanting to learn Welsh!"
Welsh for Adults Exams
The WJEC Welsh for Adults exams test all the language skills, with the main emphasis on speaking. Only the applicants for the intermediate and advanced exams are invited to the ceremony at the National Eisteddfod, and to succeed in both exams, there is a need to be quite fluent orally.
As part of the Advanced qualification, for example, applicants can prepare a folio based on being in a practical situation where Welsh is used only, for e.g. the workplace, Eisteddfod, society or a Welsh choir. That will have a greater effect on their confidence and fluency in Welsh.
The applicants choose to sit the exams, and so the achievement rates are high, with around 95% achieving each year. It should be remembered that at the same time the exams are qualifications which are fully accredited and that achieving to these levels is a big challenge for learners.
“A very warm congratulations to everybody who has achieved in the exams on each level this year” says Gareth Pierce, WJEC Chief Executive. “We are confident that they will go from strength to strength onwards to enjoy and use their language skills in their every day lives.”
For further information about exams, the ceremony or opportunities to take pictures and to interview applicants, please contact:
Dafydd Wyn, Communications Officer
029 2026 5102 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ceri Thomas, Marketing and Communications Manager
029 2026 5309 email@example.com
Emyr Davies, WJEC Welsh for Adults Exams Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
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