Bilingual teaching in ITET in HEIs in Wales
|Grant type:||Development (2000-08)|
|Leader(s):||Professor Gareth Roberts|
|Organisation:||School of Education, University of Wales, Bangor|
|Start Date:||1 January 2001|
|End Date:||31 January 2002|
|Interim report received:||20 January 2009|
|Final report received:||20 January 2009|
Courses within ITET (Initial training of teachers) in Wales are provided through the medium of both Welsh and English. This project is investigating the scope for providing such courses within a bilingual mode. It builds on work developed by Canolfan Bedwyr (a research and development centre at the University of Wales, Bangor) into bilingualism within education in Wales. In particular the project will allow the sharing of good practice and develop appropriate models for bilingual provision within the sector.
The expected outcomes of the initiative will include an account of the experiences shared by the institutions involved in the form of a bilingual booklet (Welsh and English) together with their perceptions of agreed good practice. It is proposed that a member of ESTYN be invited as an independent evaluator/observer for the working group. In addition Dr Cen Williams will work closely with the group as both an initiator of ideas and as a constructive critic.
It is envisaged that the timetable will have the following form:
- one-day seminar for core partners;
- February - April: drafting of exemplar material
- April 2001: second one-day seminar to share and discuss drafts, involving both the core partners and representatives of the other three HEIs in Wales;
- July 2001: agree final draft.
There is provisional agreement that the materials could be accessed via any of three websites: ESCalate; University of Wales, Bangor (School of Education); University of Wales (Unit for Welsh Medium Teaching).