• August 6, 2015


The first group of early year’s workers to successfully complete a new university level course in the Cornish language in Cornwall passed with flying colours this month.

The five Cornish Language Practice Early Years (CoLPEY) students took the course as part of their continuing professional development and to find out how the Cornish language can be introduced to young children in their settings. The University of Plymouth level 4 course was designed to fit around the working day so that students only needed to attend four evening sessions at the College, with their remaining time spent studying ‘remotely’, but in close contact with their tutor via the internet and telephone. As part of the course students were observed in the workplace using the Cornish language with the children in their care in a range of activities.

The course was supported by Maga and Movyans Skolyow Meythrin (Nursery Schools Movement), who jointly designed a Cornish language learning (CoLLEY) course that ran alongside the university course and was available via the internet and as a class in its own right.

Rhisiart Tal-e-bot, who designed and delivered the course, said that he took inspiration from the Isle of Man and Wales.

“In 2011 and 2012 I visited Manx and Welsh medium preschool and nursery schools in Mannin and Cymru to observe practice and spoke extensively to staff involved in the Mooinjer Veggey and Mudiad Meithrin school systems. The research trip was intended to find out how the success of these school systems in teaching the Celtic languages in these countries could be emulated in Kernow. While doing my research I found out about plans to teach qualified nursery workers Manx in Mannin and more about the implementation of the Geiriau Bach course in Wales.

On returning to Kernow and continuing to develop Cornish language education in the early years, I realised that one of the main stumbling blocks to the development of Kernewek was the dire lack of language learners who were suitably qualified to work with very young children and the CoLPEY course began to take shape.”

(Article submitted by the General Secretary)

J B Moffatt (Mr)

Director of Information
Celtic League



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