Youngsters who are learning Welsh in Newport are showing off their language skills in a series of videos which will be available on YouTube.Newport City Council and Mudiad Meithrin, have worked together to produce a playlist of eight videos.These show children singing simple Welsh language songs, with subtitles, so parents can join in the fun with their children. The videos will be launched on Thursday 11th of April at 10.30am at Ysgol Bro Teyrnon in Newport.
The videos feature youngsters who have only been learning Welsh for a few months. The work is part of Newport’s Becoming Bilingual/ Bod yn Ddwyieithog project (see link www.newport.gov.uk/becomingbilingual/www.newport.gov.uk/bodynddwyieithog)
The aim of the project is to raise community awareness about the benefits of bilingualism and to raise people’s confidence so that they can take that big decision to send their children to Welsh-medium education.
At the launch children from the Cylch Meithrin Brynglas and Ysgol Bro Teyrnon will be singing along to the videos. Parents of the Cylch Meithrin children have been invited and there will be tea and coffee afterwards.
Leanne Marsh, Mudiad Meithrin’s acting Chief Executive, said:
‘We welcome this opportunity to work with Newport County Council to promote the benefits of bilingualism. These videos show that any child, whatever their background, language or needs are able to learn and acquire a new language.
Nearly 90% of the children that attend Cylchoedd Meithrin come from a non-Welsh speaking family, and the Cylch Meithrin successfully creates bilingual children through the immersion method. The videos are a great resource to promote and introduce the Welsh language within the home and starting families on their bilingual journey.”