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Teaching children languages

I wanted to throw out a question and an idea with regards to teaching children different languages. My interest lies predominantly in the Celtic languages, but this is not limted to any particular language or family of languages, by I will use this as an example. I know that many Duolingo users are learning Irish and Welsh and although these couurses are run through English, many learners are fluent or native in many other languages as well. I would be interested to know how many learners of say the Celtic languages would be interested in improving their skills, by using it as the medium of instruction to teach children other languages that they are fluent in?

I envisage a skype or similar type format for short periods of instruction - maybe 1 hour lessons. For interests of child protection maybe this could be done through agencies which would be accountable for monitoring and improving the quality of the service?

Just a thought and wondering how much potential interest there could be? It would be a great chance to enhance skills in say Welsh or Irish, by instructing children, which is no small challenge, but challenges bring rewards.

1 year ago

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It would be interesting, cause teaching to kids is one of the best ways to learn the thing you are teaching to them. Richard Feynmann said that once.

1 year ago

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It would be quite a challenge doing this with very young children, but I think that would be the best place for this. In Wales language learning is introduced quite late and the provision in early years is limited and this wouldn't compete wiith current language teaching, but maybe provide a confidence building head start?

I was just putting this out there now to see if the resource base/interest might exist. Without that nothing is possible.

1 year ago

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It is already happening in all the Celtic countries where schools that use the native language are widespread.

In Wales over 20% of primary age school children attend Welsh medium schools, this varies from around 90% in Gwynedd to about 5% in Blaenau Gwent.

1 year ago

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maybe I didn't express or explain where i was coming from very clearly. Learning the so called Modern Foreign Languages in the UK has been declining for over a decade. Being bilingual is supposed to help in learning additional languages and I believe that, but in Wales Welsh Medium schools are not leveraging that advantage and showing that they can be better at teaching additional languages such as for example, spanish or French.

I was wondering how many Welsh learners on Duolingo might be fluent in other languages such as those and whether they could help in teaching these languages through the medium of Welsh in Key Stages 1 and 2 (ages 5 to 11). Is there a potential resource of people out therd who could help and in so doing improve their Welsh skills?

1 year ago