This stand-alone, all-audio course can be used by those who have little or no knowledge of the language, by those who want to learn or brush up basic conversation skills, and by more advanced learners who require extra audio material to complement their current courses. 'Teach Yourself Welsh Conversation' will be warmly received by those learning Welsh as it is the only all-audio course for Welsh learners. Numbers of adults in Wales learning Welsh in night classes continues to rise steadily, with approximately 24,000 registering in 2004-5. More and more people are also learning Welsh in the workplace itself as the ability to be able to converse in Welsh, even if only at a basic level, becomes more important following the establishment of the National Assembly for Wales. The situations covered in this course, in the ten units or 'conversations', will benefit all these learners of Welsh. Subjects range from buying a stamp to discussing rugby games or going to the Eisteddfod. The conversations are divided into two parts, with a dialogue in each part. The dialogue in Part 2 reuses the vocabulary and phrases from Part 1 in a slightly different context.
Both parts start with an introduction to the words and phrases you'll need, followed by the dialogue. Finally it's 'Over to you': you take part in the same dialogues following the English prompts, playing all the roles in turn. So you get lots of opportunity to practise! Frequent track markers divide the CDs up into short, easy-to-use clips. Vocabulary and phrases in the first two CDs are kept to the basics and are introduced gradually with lots of opportunity to repeat and practise, to improve your confidence in both speaking and understanding. The third CD concentrates on helping you improve your understanding, so that you will be able to hold two-way conversations with people who speak very fast or use words and phrases you do not know. The course comes on three 75-minute CDs and has an accompanying 48-page booklet which gives the dialogues and the translations of the dialogues, for those who like to see the written word or want additional practice. The booklet also provides a basic glossary of the words and phrases used. This is the perfect complement to 'Welsh' in the 'Teach Yourself' series.
Dr. Christine Jones Christine is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Welsh, University of Wales, Lampeter and the College's Academic Staff Development Officer. She specializes in dialectology, sociolinguistics and applied linguistics and has 18 years experience of teaching modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level within these fields as well as supervising research students. She has taught Welsh to adults since 1984 in night classes, day schools and intensive courses and has been an External Examiner for the Welsh Joint Education Committee and other bodies on numerous occasions. Christine has published widely in the above fields; her twenty published books include the recent editions of Teach Yourself Welsh and Teach Yourself World Cultures: Wales. She is at present completing Teach Yourself Welsh Grammar to be published in 2007. Kara Lewis Kara learned Welsh as a second language in school. She then studied Welsh at the University of Wales Lampeter and achieved a first class honours degree. Kara began to teach Welsh to adults during her time at University. Upon completion of her degree, Kara spent six years in the United States as Director of the Madog Center for Welsh Studies at the University of Rio Grande. While working for the Centre, Kara gained a Masters in Education. Kara taught Welsh to many Americans of Welsh descent and now has over 12 years experience in the field of teaching Welsh to adults. Since her return to Wales, Kara has continued teaching Welsh to adults and American students at Trinity College Carmarthen. She is currently researching the learning of Welsh as a second language for a PhD from the University of Wales.