Bilingual, Welsh and English speaking Speech and Language Therapy undergraduate students experiences and expectations of clinical placement.
Evans, Mari Rees
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Seven interviews were conducted with bilingual, Welsh English speaking undergraduate speech and language therapy students, with the aim of exploring their varying experiences and expectations of clinical placement especially regarding the Welsh language. Semi-structured interviews were carried out and the qualitative data was them analysed using thematic analysis. The participants were grouped into three categories based on the extent of their clinical experience during the undergraduate training: 1 Minor experience; 2 moderate experience; and 3 extensive experience. Three meta-themes were abstracted: 1 attitude towards Welsh; 2 language preferences; and 3 applied strategies. These three themes and grouped categorises provided an insight into the students attitudes regarding the Welsh culture and language, the Welsh languages within a clinical context and the degree in which factors such as socio-linguistic background and educational circumstances have a bearing on perceived clinical competence in either Welsh or English. The analysis revealed that participants attitude towards the Welsh language was positive regardless of their degree of perceived confident conversing through the medium. Students reported regardless of their varying degrees of Welsh use, that increased Welsh medium training as well as increased teaching surrounding the Welsh language, such as Welsh SLT terms, would increase their confidence undertaking Welsh clinical placement.
B.Sc. (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
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