WELSH FIRST LANGUAGE SPEAKERS RECEIVING ENGLISH MEDIUM HIGHER EDUCATION– EXPLORATION OF ISSUES ARISING
Williams, Erin Llwyd
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background: From personal experience of receiving high intensity Welsh language education from the age of 4 to 18, then studying a degree solely through the medium of English, the researcher would like to research on how the effects of changing languages so dramatically has on the individual, the Welsh community, and the future of the Welsh language in health and social care services. Aims: The project aimed to identify the importance of the Welsh language in health and social care services, and the thoughts and opinions about the Welsh first language university students that received Welsh language medium school education, who then moved to England to earn their degree through the medium of English. The project also investigates on factors as to why students chose to study their degree in England and through the medium of English, as this could give an insight into the future of the Welsh language. It also aimed to identify the importance of the Welsh language in health and social care services. Methods & procedures: A focus group was held to identify thoughts and opinions, which then helped form a questionnaire sent to Welsh speaking university students in English universities. Outcomes & results: The focus group had two participants and lasted 45 minutes. 18 questionnaires were returned. Many of the students were not concerned about the future of the Welsh language, but most the students thought more could be done to implement the Welsh language in health and social care services. Many of the factors as to why students chose to study in England was for more independence from home, and they did not seem to care which language they received health and social services. Personal thoughts and opinions on receiving a bilingual education was also identified. Conclusions: As always, more could be done to implement the Welsh language into health and social care services, but many of the students did not worry about the future of the Welsh language, as they were quite confident in their Welsh speaking ability.
BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care
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