Added on: 10/06/2021 Publish Date: 2021 1.3K Cymraeg Yn Unig

Language awareness and bilingualism in teaching


The resource consists of four presentations:

Part 1 - Language Awareness in the Higher Education Context
Part 2 - Group Profiling
Part 3 - Bilingualising a lecture or seminar
Part 4 - Resources to support bilingual teaching

Aims of the workshop:

  • An introduction to language awareness in education, in the context of higher education.
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of student profiling and how this information can be used to plan lectures and seminars.
  • An introduction to a variety of practical techniques to bilingualize lectures and seminars and enhance students' language experience in English lessons.
  • To share useful resources to support trainees/teachers to embed Welsh within lectures and seminars.


  • An update on national policies with regards to the Welsh language in Higher Education.
  • An overview of the benefits of profiling students' language skills (ability, use and aspects of Welsh) and how trainees can use this knowledge to plan their teaching and create opportunities for students to use and develop their Welsh.
  • Various and practical techniques for bilingual lectures and seminars.
  • Advice on including Welsh key terms in English lectures.
  • Overview of useful resources to support trainees to embed Welsh within lectures and seminars (e.g. Y Termiadur Addysg, Ap Geiriaduron, Cysgliad).

At the end of this workshop trainees should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of language awareness within higher education and its impact on students' decisions to consider submitting work through the medium of Welsh.
  • Be aware of the importance of profiling students language skills, and develop strategies to gather information about students individual language profiles,  so that this information can be used to plan lectures and seminars.
  • Use a range of strategies to bilingualize lectures and seminars.
  • Use a range of resources to embed Welsh within lectures and seminars.


Helen Humphreys, Sgiliaith

As a mentor and trainer for bilingualism and Welsh in Further Education and Work Based Learning, my role enables me to inspire, share ideas, resources and good practice within these sectors. Having been a fully bilingual lecturer at Coleg Sir Gâr, I gained additional responsibility within the college as a Staff Learning Mentor for the Welsh Language. This role has been an opportunity to share good practice with college staff, monitor and develop their skills within the classroom before becoming a part time and then full time member of Sgiliaith in 2017.

Sioned Williams, Sgiliaith

Sioned Williams is a Professional Development Mentor and Trainer for Sgiliaith. Her core work is to provide staff training, support, advice and resources, and to share good practice in bilingualism and embedding the Welsh language with lecturers, tutors and assessors in the further education and work-based learning sector, with the aim of enhancing learners’ bilingual skills and experiences.

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