By Colin Baker

Wales is a small country with a protracted and sundry culture of bilingualism. The minority language and tradition is below hazard. The e-book seeks to take the temperature of the Welsh language. construction on a working laptop or computer research of the 1981 Welsh language Census information, the booklet presents proof of a language relocating slowly in the direction of extinction. the purpose of every bankruptcy is to ascertain a subject that is of importance in so much minority language occasions, yet is exemplified and encapsulated within the Welsh context. The impression of tv and different mass media, the aptitude and risk of the microelectronic revolution, the lifestyles and erosion of heartlands are concerns that are a part of the worried stress of up to date Wales and plenty of different minority language areas. The function of bilingual schooling is a significant factor of the booklet. A bilingual schooling version is defined as a foundation for analysing the various difficulties and problems with Welsh and all over the world bilingual schooling. one other bankruptcy analyses diversified ways to curriculum improvement in minority language contexts and argues for a twin strategy combining crucial projects and instructor established motion examine. nearby diversifications within the coverage and provision of bilingual education in Wales are portrayed, and extra chapters current fresh examine into Welsh schooling. This examine issues to the an important nature of immersion and energetic participation within the minority tradition as a lifeline for the way forward for the Welsh language.

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Gwent stands out for relatively high illiteracy in areas of low Welsh density. South Glamorgan and Gwynedd reveal the most promising picture, with relatively low illiteracy among Welsh speakers in low density Welsh speaking areas. Population base. The hypothetical example of the four wards illustrates the danger inherent in using illiteracy expressed as a proportion of Welsh speakers in a ward. In Ward 1, two people literate out of ten Welsh speakers gives a comparable percentage figure to Ward 4 with 20 literate out of 90.

4% County Variations Given that one in five people in Wales speak Welsh, then these statistics suggest that in at least three out of every four schools, Welsh is taught as a first or second language. For some this might appear satisfactory, for others anything less than 100% is intolerable. What may be more striking is the difference between counties. Table 7 examines each county on the following variables: the 1981 Census figures for the total percentage in the county and the percentage of 5 to 15 year olds speaking Welsh; Welsh Office DES statistics (1984) on the percentage of primary school classes and secondary schools using Welsh, and the percentage of children within each county assessed as fluent in Welsh by their Headteachers.

Chapel) be a less powerful minority language and culture generator than is customarily supposed. g. in towns and cities) more important than high proportions? Ambrose & Williams (1981) conclude that the Welsh language is not necessarily safe in places where over 80% of people speak the language, and that the < previous page page_17 next page > < previous page page_18 next page > Page 18 Map 3. Welsh Heartland Areas, 1981 Census language is not necessarily dying where only 10% of people speak Welsh.

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