A trip to North Wales for the A-level Crew

Coleg y Cymoedd strives to offer invaluable opportunities to its learners during their time at the College. At the beginning of November, the A Level Welsh Second Language group from Coleg y Cymoedd traveled to the Urdd Centre at Glan-llyn near Bala for a residential A Level Welsh course. The course was organized by the Urdd and the School of Welsh, Bangor University. College students’ places on the trip were paid for by a Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol grant to promote the Welsh language as a subject. Two students studying AS Level in Welsh at our A Level Center in Nantgarw went on the two day trip.

There were a number of sessions that were relevant to the syllabus such as a session on discussing poems, the oral exam, the history of the Welsh language and the elements of the language. But it wasn’t all work. There was also the opportunity to take part in amazing outdoor activities such as canoeing, a ropes course and archery. There was also the opportunity to experience a bit of Welsh culture in the evening with a special gig with singer Gwilym Bowen Rhys.

One of the students, Katlyn Evans, said

“I enjoyed how the trip was packed with informational activities that is going to help me massively with learning the language. But not only that, I loved having an insight on what it would be like to be bilingual, as all my life I’ve just spoken English and likewise learnt in English but there I spoke and learnt in Welsh.”

Welsh Language Manager, Lois Roberts added, “Thank you very much to the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol for the sponsorship and to the Urdd and Ysgol y Gymraeg, Bangor University for organizing. The trip was a great success. It was a huge eye opener for our students. They had the opportunity to use the language for the first time ever outside of the classroom. As well as learning things that will help to succeed in the course, it also showed that the Welsh language can be something social and fun!”

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