Students passionate about preserving the Welsh language

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Frances Bather and Ellie Worsnip will study Welsh at Cardiff University after successfully completing their A Levels at Coleg Cambria’s Yale campus in Wrexham.

Frances, from Llangollen, and Ellie, based in Mold, both received As in Welsh and passed other subjects including Media Studies, English Literature, Welsh Baccalaureate and English Language.

They urge other young people to consider careers using Welsh and thanked Cambria – especially his branch of Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol – for their support.

Ysgol Dinas Bran alumnus Frances, 18, said:

“We are both very passionate about keeping the language alive and being able to use it in our daily work, so that’s a big reason why we chose to study it at university.

“I would love to teach Welsh, whether at primary or secondary level, and I think there is a lot more to learn about the language, from its history to the relevance and importance of a bilingual society.

“As there is a campaign to increase the number of people who use the language, this is an exciting time to earn this degree – I can’t wait to get started.”

The Welsh government’s Cymraeg 2050 plan aims to increase the number of people speaking the language to one million.

Ellie, 18, who attended Alun School, is determined to become a bilingual speech therapist in the future and applauds the drive to preserve Welsh for future generations.

“Learning Welsh in Cambria and being part of Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol has been a lot of fun and has also allowed us to move forward in this industry. ” she said.

“The tutors really inspired us and showed that there are so many opportunities to use the Welsh language in a variety of roles.

“Whether you’re fluent or just starting out they can help you out and that in turn will attract more people to study Welsh which will be great to see. “

Françoise added:

“We look forward to Cardiff and can’t wait to start now. Being there together will help us settle down and achieve our goals.

To learn more about the wide range of courses and qualifications available at Coleg Cambria, visit the website: www.cambria.ac.uk

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