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Welsh Beginners 1

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Course Summary

Our Beginners courses are targeted at those who want to develop an initial basic competence (CEFR A1) in the language. The focus is on developing the ability to make themselves understood and to understand language used in the most basic of everyday situations. Basic grammatical structures and frequent vocabulary are presented, explained and practised to facilitate this.

In choosing where to start (Beginners 1, 2 or 3), students should consult the information on pre-requisites. 

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

Beginners 1 is targeted at absolute Beginners – those with no previous experience of the language.

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Special Information



Content of Course

The following will be covered across Beginners 1, 2 and 3:

  • Greetings
  • Nationalities and occupations
  • Likes and dislikes
  • Counting, alphabet, spelling, dates, days, etc.
  • Telling the time
  • The most frequent and basic structures for talking about the present
  • The most frequent and basic structures for talking about the past
  • Coping with basic travel situations – directions, at the airport, train station, etc.
  • Talking about family, your town, holidays, clothes, your home, transport, food and drink
  • Money, ordering and paying in cafes and shops
  • Making and accepting invitations

The aim is for students to learn to understand others and make themselves understood in these areas. Basic grammar and vocabulary will be presented and practised in the contexts above.

The above is a sample of the core topics typically covered at Beginners level and gives an indication of the likely content of the course. The content will vary from language to language.

Teaching method(s)

The emphasis of all of our courses is speaking and listening. The lessons focus on language that is required for communicating in real situations.

The lessons include whole class activities and pair or small group work, role-play, responding to short texts and dialogues and watching video clips. Grammar is introduced in context. More extensive written exercises and reading texts are normally only set as homework.

Learning is assessed informally throughout the course with the teacher providing feedback on practice tasks at the end of the course in revision and tests.

Typically, the primary language used in the class is the language being learnt.

Learning outcomes

On completion of all 3 Beginners courses, students will be able to

  • communicate in the most basic everyday situations

  • introduce themselves and others

  • ask and answer questions about personal details such as where people live, what people know and the things people have.

By the end of Beginners 3, students will have reached level A1 in Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR):


Core Readings

To study this course you will need a course book. Your tutor will advise you on the purchase of the textbook at your first class.


Elin Meek. Cwrs Mynediad (South Wales Version). WJEC/CBAC. ISBN: 9781860856105

Gareth King. Basic Welsh: A Grammar and Workbook (2nd edition). Routledge. ISBN: 9780415857499


Gareth King. Modern Welsh Dictionary: A guide to the living language. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780199228744 

D. Geraint Lewis. Pa Arddodiad? A Check-list of Welsh prepositions. Gomer. ISBN: 9781859027646

Web Sources

Where appropriate web sources will be provided.

Class Handouts

Handouts supplementary to the coursebook.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.