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    RJ: "Cwrs Carlam" is a teaching approach
    that was designed to enable pupils
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    who come from English
    medium primary schools
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    to develop the linguistic skills
    in the Welsh language
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    that they're fluent by the time
    they leave the comprehensive.
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    The idea behind it is that
    by the time they're in year 9,
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    so after three years
    in a comprehensive school,
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    the pupils will be in a position
    to set their GCSEs in Welsh Language
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    and they will then go on in year 10 and 11
    to study for their AAS and Welsh language.
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    Beyond that, they will leave
    the school when ready
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    to further education or employment
    with the language skill developed.
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    BW: Well, the Cwrs Carlam obviously
    gives the pupils an opportunity
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    to live themselves
    within the Welsh language
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    and to hear the Welsh language
    within a classroom and around school
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    and the extracurricular activities
    that we have on offer
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    and also to gain
    two extra qualifications early.
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    We have two transition teachers employed
    by the school in the primary school
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    so they're involved with teaching
    their pupils on a weekly basis
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    and they are then involved with
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    working in collaboration with the primary
    school teachers and assessing them
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    on a termly basis
    in the language skills:
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    reading, writing, and oracy, of course.
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    With the main emphasis on oracy
    within the Key Stage 2.
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    At the end of year 6,
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    their results with regards to the key
    stage levels in Welsh second language
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    as well as teacher assessments
    across the board in the core subjects,
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    CAT scores then decide
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    which pupils are suitable
    for the fast-track class.
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    With any language if it's about speaking
    and gaining the confidence
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    so giving them as enough opportunities
    to hear and use the Welsh language
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    is of the utmost importance,
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    and that is why we teach those five
    other subjects bilingually as well.
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    that would be history, RE, PE, PSC
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    so that they can hear
    the language all the time.
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    LC: In doing other subjects
    through the medium of Welsh's.
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    I think has widened
    our grasp with that subject
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    and give us a more
    complex grasp with that subject
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    and then in terms of Welsh
    giving us a wide vocabulary.
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    I think it has definitely improved
    my confidence linguistically
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    and just in communication
    and teamwork in skills
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    FT: I thought it'd be
    quite a hard transition
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    because I'm from
    an English-medium primary school
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    but I found that it was quite easy
    because this is not on your own
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    you've got all the teachers
    helping you as well
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    and then soon you doing subjects
    in Welsh like history, geography, and RE.
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    And soon you remember words in history
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    like 'canrif' is century
    and 'chwyldro' is revolution
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    so it was much easier
    than I thought it was going to be.
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    BW: The results with regards to Welsh
    at Key Stage 3, 4, and 5 are excellent
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    and, you know, well above national
    averages and local authority averages.
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    So I definitely think that it's benefited
    the school and the pupils in general.
Title:
https:/.../Bilingualism_boosts_grades_at_Treorchy_Comprehensive.webm.360p.webm
Video Language:
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