What’s the best way to prepare for studying a PGCE in Welsh?
Develop and refine your subject knowledge. In the first instance, look to complete a selection of WJEC GCSE past papers. Can you remember how you were taught to use specific grammar points such as mutations, for example? Are there other methods that you might not be unaware of? If so, do some research online and trial these teaching methods before embarking on your teaching journey!
Once you have satisfied yourself with GCSE papers, make sure that you look both up, down and across the Welsh continuum. Can you remember how to introduce a new poem to a Year 12 student? Equally importantly, would you know how to navigate a conversation with a Year 7 pupil who asks, “Why do we say that?”? An effective Welsh teacher is a person who is has a firm subject knowledge and can transfer this to their learners with fun, clarity and enthusiasm.
Practical experience within the classroom will give you recent and relevant experience and will enable you to see the developments in Welsh teaching since your time in school. Support working as LSAs or organising observation opportunities are really useful and will give you a flavour of the reality of learning and teaching Welsh.