Cerdd Iaith / Listening to Language
‘Cerdd Iaith / Listening to Language’ is a creative learning project that is exploring new approaches to music and language learning in primary schools in South and West Wales. The project is delivered in partnership by British Council Wales, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Yr Athrofa- the Institute of Education, and Ein Rhanbarth ar Waith (ERW).
Since September 2016 the project has supported teachers in ten schools in Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion to use music-based approaches to enhance the teaching of modern foreign languages through sound components such as rhyme, repetition and rhythm. Through learning about different cultures and their musical and artistic traditions, children can develop their understanding of their place in the world and boost their aspirations, curiosity and most importantly confidence in learning a new language.
‘Cerdd Iaith / Listening to Language’ aims to demonstrate that music can be a powerful way to inspire and enhance pupils’ language learning and support teachers to acquire the skills and confidence to apply this methodology.