‘So you’ve moved to Wales’ series aims to stop pupils developing ‘negative attitude’ to Welsh
A teacher has set up a YouTube channel for people who have moved to Wales and find themselves having to catch up with Welsh language classes.
Stephen Mason who has taught for 25 years and currently works at Queen Elizabeth High School, Carmarthen has so far uploaded eight videos as part of the series.
He said that he had begun his channel ‘Athro Cymraeg’ in 2010 and his 350 videos have received over half a million views so far.
“Over the years I have noticed that it’s very easy for students who transfer to a Welsh school during secondary school not to get to grips with Welsh as there is often very little time or money put aside for such pupils in our schools,” he said.
“I have also noticed that, as a result, many of these pupils can often develop a negative attitude towards Wales and the Welsh language.
“Moving home and changing schools when you are a teenager is a stressful time. A new country, a new school and a new language can easily become associated with an unhappy or stressful life episode.
“I therefore decided to make a series of videos for Welsh teachers to share with latecomers to their subject that would help them settle into their new surroundings more easily.”
He said that he will add to the eight videos made so far if they are popular and if he finds the time.
“My hope is that students who arrive in Wales in their teens might have more chance of adopting a love for Wales and the Welsh language as a result,” he said.
He added that his most popular video so far is one with the lyrics for the children’s TV show ‘Rapsgaliwn,’ with over 140,000 views.
“I was surprised with how popular this video has been!” he added.
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