By Colin Baker
Wales is a small country with an extended and sundry culture of bilingualism. The minority language and tradition is less than risk. The publication seeks to take the temperature of the Welsh language. construction on a working laptop or computer research of the 1981 Welsh language Census info, the publication presents proof of a language relocating slowly in the direction of extinction. the purpose of every bankruptcy is to ascertain a topic that is of value in such a lot minority language events, yet is exemplified and encapsulated within the Welsh context. The impact of tv and different mass media, the capability and danger of the microelectronic revolution, the lifestyles and erosion of heartlands are matters that are a part of the fearful rigidity of up to date Wales and plenty of different minority language areas. The function of bilingual schooling is a primary factor of the e-book. A bilingual schooling version is defined as a foundation for analysing a few of the difficulties and problems with Welsh and around the world bilingual schooling. one other bankruptcy analyses varied ways to curriculum improvement in minority language contexts and argues for a twin strategy combining principal projects and instructor dependent motion examine. nearby adaptations within the coverage and provision of bilingual education in Wales are portrayed, and extra chapters current contemporary examine into Welsh schooling. This examine issues to the the most 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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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. The issue is this. Does the fluency in Welsh figure match the language background of the County and proportion of infant and junior classes and secondary schools where Welsh is used as a first or second language?
The northwards corridor of change is not as strong as the westwards moving corridor. Nevertheless there is a visible broken corridor extending from St. Davids to the very south of Powys, the east of West Glamorgan and small areas of Mid Glamorgan, which suggests the potential decline of Welsh moving northwards from southwest Wales. " Where the age distributions are optimistic, is it high density or low density Welsh speaking communities that are fostering such positive possibilities for the future?
Inside the 70% isopleth, areas of relatively high difference are, in North Wales, Dolgellau, Pwllheli and the area surrounding Lake Vyrnwy (Ward 23, Montgomery). In the South, the areas inside the 70% boundary are Llangyndeyrn, Llanarthne, Llanddarog, Lampeter, Ammanford, Cwm Aman, Landybie, Ystalyfera and the area called Quarter Bach. This provides a salutary warning. Strongholds of spoken Welsh language may not be the same as strongholds of Welsh literacy. Healthy areas in terms of Welsh oracy may be less healthy in terms of literacy.
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