Implications of trilingual education on pre-service training in Wales

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Abstract

This paper will focus on innovations in the Welsh education system in light of the
introduction of a new curriculum in 2022. Language learning is one of the areas facing changes, with international languages, Welsh and English being placed in the Area of Learning and Experience known as Languages, Literacy and Communication. Pupils will have the opportunity to learn an international language from year 5 in primary school. This development is important in the context of the Welsh government’s target of creating one million Welsh / English bilingual speakers by 2050. This target has raised concerns regarding the availability of teachers able to teach through the medium of Welsh and the role of initial teacher training to address this. Comparisons will be drawn with other UK nations teaching a foreign language in primary schools and the challenges that they have faced. The context of the Welsh language, as a minority language within Wales, raises questions regarding the linguistic / cultural competence of teachers able to teach in minority, (immersion or maintenance), settings, (cf. Canadian francophone minority context, Gilbert et al, 2004). The experiences of other trilingual models in Europe will be considered. Implications for preservice training for introducing an international language within the existing varied bilingual setting of primary schools of Wales will be discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event9th European Conference on Language Learning - London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Duration: 15 Jul 202118 Jul 2021

Conference

Conference9th European Conference on Language Learning
Abbreviated titleECLL2021
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
CityLondon
Period15 Jul 202118 Jul 2021

Keywords

  • curriculum
  • Wales
  • language learning

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