By Colin Baker
Wales is a small kingdom with a protracted and sundry culture of bilingualism. The minority language and tradition is below hazard. The ebook seeks to take the temperature of the Welsh language. construction on a working laptop or computer research of the 1981 Welsh language Census information, the e-book offers facts of a language relocating slowly in the direction of extinction. the purpose of every bankruptcy is to check a subject matter that is of importance in such a lot minority language events, yet is exemplified and encapsulated within the Welsh context. The impact of tv and different mass media, the capability and danger of the microelectronic revolution, the lifestyles and erosion of heartlands are matters that are a part of the apprehensive pressure of up to date Wales and plenty of different minority language areas. The position of bilingual schooling is a relevant factor of the ebook. A bilingual schooling version is defined as a foundation for analysing many of the difficulties and problems with Welsh and all over the world bilingual schooling. one other bankruptcy analyses assorted techniques to curriculum improvement in minority language contexts and argues for a twin procedure combining primary projects and instructor dependent motion study. neighborhood adaptations within the coverage and provision of bilingual education in Wales are portrayed, and additional chapters current contemporary learn into Welsh schooling. This learn issues to the the most important nature of immersion and lively participation within the minority tradition as a lifeline for the way forward for the Welsh language.
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In Mid Glamorgan and Clwyd, age distributions appear to contain implications for the future. Both counties have a much higher percentage of 65+ people speaking Welsh than their overall average. Both counties obtain lowest percentages in their 25 to 34 age group. But in comparison with Dyfed, Powys and West Glamorgan, each county shows a definite upturn in their schoolchildren age groups. 2% of the 1014 age group. 7%. Allowing for school age groups to contain inflated figures for prediction purposes, a small silver lining within the national dark cloud may be glimpsed in Clwyd and Mid Glamorgan.
If prediction showed that one specified area of Wales was in danger of a great decline in the density of Welsh speakers, then restorative action might be taken to avert the decline. < previous page page_20 next page > < previous page page_21 next page > Page 21 Predictions about the future of the language need to take into account likely immigration and emigration patterns, social and vocational mobility trends, assessments of likely cultural change in rural and urban communities, changes in educational provision at every level from nursery schools to adult classes and many other economic, social and political changes.
However, the scatterplot (Figure 3) also reveals something the simple correlation hides. In areas of less than 20% density of Welsh speakers, there is great variation in literacy. Areas of similar Welsh language density contain different patterns of literacy and illiteracy. Such areas variously contain 20% to 80% literacy amid those Welsh speakers. Table 4 details the distribution of these areas across the eight counties of Wales. < previous page page_25 next page > < previous page page_26 next page > Page 26 Table 4.
Aspects of Bilingualism in Wales (Multilingual Matters) by Colin Baker