Language Competency Certificate for Teachers

What is the Language Competency Certificate for Teachers?

Once again, during 2018-19, Primary PGCE students completing their course through the medium of Welsh and Secondary PGCE students (who are part of the Welsh Medium Improvement Scheme)  will have an opportunity to try for the Language Competency Skills Certificate for Teachers - a pilot project coordinated by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol for the first time this year.

The main aim of this Certificate is to acknowledge students' oral and written language skills, and to demonstrate their ability to teach through the medium of Welsh and to communicate confidently and professionally in Welsh in the context of teaching and learning.

The Certificate has been developed as a result of a request from the Welsh Government in 2014 to the Higher Education Funding Council to develop and implement a competency certificate for students completing Initial Teacher Training through the medium of Welsh, with the aim of eventually awarding the certificate to all welsh medium trainee teachers. This year(2018) the Certificate was awarded to 86 Primary PGCE students and 75 Secondary PGCE students. 

The scheme enables students to develop their written and oral language skills in higher education and beyond, and to recognize the value of these skills educationally and also within a Welsh medium/bilingual work setting.

To earn the Certificate, students will be practically assessed during their second school placement experience and they will also sit a written examination. 

The Certificate is awarded at different levels to reflect students' attainment:
  • Final marc 70 and above
  • Final marc between 60 and 69
  • Final marc between 50 a 59
  • Final marc lower than 50

Language Skills Resources

Language Skills Tasks
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