Clare Dobbs

Why did you choose this course?
I chose this course because I have always wanted to become a Welsh teacher. This course also offered the chance to improve my Welsh language and pass on the Welsh language to pupils. I wanted to do a course which was practical as well as academic and this course offered both. I also liked the support and wealth of knowledge the degree offered. I wanted to become a good teacher with thorough knowledge and understanding of my chosen subject – Welsh.

The course is spread over three years which enabled me to perfect different aspects of Welsh and build my confidence. Offering two placements over the final two years was invaluable in supporting my development as a teacher. I also liked the fact that mature students were especially welcomed, as this degree allows people the chance to retrain and follow a new career path. 

What support did you receive whilst training?
There is really good support at University. There is always a member of the department to give advice and support when needed both with University work and teaching in school. My personal tutor also supported me tremendously, helping me to develop as a person as well as a trainee teacher. The mentors in school are also very supportive, with weekly one-to-one meetings enabling you to receive specific advice and targets on how to improve. 

What do you enjoy about teaching?
I enjoy teaching as it is both a rewarding and challenging career. Teaching gives you the chance to inspire pupils about your specific subject area. I also love the unpredictability of working with comprehensive pupils as no two lessons are ever the same. I can learn as much from the pupils as they do from me. 

Would you recommend the course to others?
I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in becoming a secondary school teacher in Welsh. School placements enable us to gain an insight in to the world of teaching whilst working towards a degree at the same time. The course is ideal for fluent Welsh speakers, confident Welsh learners, students straight from A levels and mature students who wish to retrain or change career. The three years give you a real chance to develop a range of teaching skills, allowing you to pass on the Welsh language to the next generation.  

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