Teacher trainers in Wales are developing new qualifications for staff who teach Welsh to adults
‘The qualifications, which should be available from September, are based on guidelines produced by Lifelong Learning UK.
Gavin Thomas, LLUK’s facilitator in Wales, says the guidelines have received a positive response from higher education institutions which are keen to help develop a proper qualifications structure.
About 25,000 adults learn their native language each year through the Welsh For Adults programme. Only 40 of the estimated 700 staff that deliver the programme work full-time.
"We are dependent on an army of part-timers," says Gavin. "By giving them a proper qualifications base we can help to raise their status as professionals."
LLUK received funding from Education and Learning Wales for the Welsh For Adults project. This is in addition to support that it was granted by Elwa for a one-year project designed to improve tutoring skills across the lifelong learning workforce.
The tutoring project has set out 23 modules that should be incorporated in a new credit and qualifications framework developed in Wales to increase flexibility among teachers, trainers and tutors.
The project, which concludes in May, built on the experience of tutors in further education and work-based learning so that more of the lifelong learning workforce have tutoring skills.’