ERG SES C 12, Language and Education
While the uptake of Welsh medium education has been steadily increasing, the use of the language in the playground and outside of school, especially at secondary level, remains very limited, despite many and varied initiatives by schools and community agencies to address the issue. This reflects the common problem of minority languages acquired through immersion at school not being used within the community, as noted in, e.g., Nicholas 2009 (Hopi - North American indigenous language) and Gardner & Zalbide 2005:69f (Basque).
I consider that in-depth and wide-ranging research is required to discover the reasons why the students involved do not choose to use Welsh as the language of their personal and community lives, in order to identify effective remedies. It is hoped that the findings of this research will throw light on the social use of minority languages in general and offer possible ways forward.
Gardner, N. & M. Zalbide 2005. Basque Acquisition Planning. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 174, 55-72 Nicholas, S. 2009. “I Live Hopi, I Just Don't Speak It”—The Critical Intersection of Language, Culture, and Identity in the Lives of Contemporary Hopi Youth. Journal of Language, Identity & Education 8, 321-334
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