I’ve got some opening lines of thought here, but I think a thread where you can throw in your ideas would be a hugely valuable way to open up more creativity - sometimes we’ll need to say that we can’t manage a particular idea, but even when we can’t do it now, every single idea will be valuable in helping shape what we try to do in the future…
So, my first thoughts:
playful ways to help people learn a few words (more very soon!)
SSiW lessons for particular Cymanfa Ganu hymns
SSiW lessons for ‘handy to be able to say at NAFOW’ stuff
bootcamps/intensive courses in the U.S./Canada
timezone friendly stuff in WSP and for the 6 month/2 year courses
promotion of active Welsh societies/meetups in the U. S./Canada to new SSiW learners from over the pond
FB promotion to potential new learners over there (with a view to feeding them through to existing societies/meetups)
story-telling about what’s happening over there for audiences in Wales
and, um, er… no, that’s it, my brain’s dry for now.
If you could choose only one of those, which would it be?
I can’t just pick one, sorry! I like them all, but I would LOVE bootcamps here, and I also would love promotion/formation of Welsh societies/SSi meetups. I will think of ideas to add to the pile, but I am flat out busy right now…I’ll have more time next week, gobeithio!
Over the last year, at two of our meetings, I’ve lead an SSi-style interactive lesson. The first was on the weather, where we got to learn fun phrases like “Mae’n bwrw llwch” (my best guess for a weather phenomenon that was unfamiliar to all of us - there were wildfires in the area, and it was raining ash), and the second was on food, where we learned the handy phrase “Dw i bron â llwgu, ga i bysgod a sglods, plîs?” (I’m starving, can I have fish & chips, please?"). So I’m all for playful ways to learn a few words.
And bootcamp would be cool, although I wonder how much it would miss out by not being embedded in a community with native Welsh speakers…
So… when I look at that list, the first “pick one” thing that pops is “promotion of active Welsh societies/meetups”… but now that I say that - via what platform? Certainly a first step would be having a resource on the Forum where learners could easily find Welsh societies in their area, or where they may be travelling.
I checked the map and I think I only saw someone in Florida, but it was also being kinda wonky on my phone (signal is dismal in my works break room), because I just can’t believe the only Welsh Learners in the US are all clustered in Florida LOL.
I am looking to join a chat, that actually my main push to join the forum was to look for online chats
I am a learner in the Southwest region of the US, Arizona specifically. That said, I would love to hear if a US based boot camp is established. My long term goal is, of course, the boot camp in Wales, but would love to hear if this is a future option ;))