[Spellyans] UC/UCR

e-mail kevin.blackburn1 kevin.blackburn1 at ntlworld.com
Fri Nov 16 12:49:06 GMT 2012

Getting the teaching approach right is important, and different methods
will suit different ages and types of people. However, this is a separate
issue to getting the language right in the first place - that language has
to stand up whether it is being taught to youngsters in a Communicative
Method approach, a chat in the pub, or is being used by someone who has
moved on from that and wants to write a crime novel in Cornish - it needs
to be complete, self-consistent, able to represent anything that needs to
be written or spoken about, have a future, but also be able to reference
the past. It would be no good having a Cornish where if a sentence from 40
years ago were dropped in as a quote the current learners couldn't make
head nor tail of it.

On 16 November 2012 12:39, Jon Mills <j.mills at email.com> wrote:

> Of course the language teaching method has everything to do with the
> success or failure of Cornish classes in schools. The Communicative Method
> has been around for decades now and more or less does what Nicky is
> suggesting.
> Ol an gwella,
> Jon
>  ----- Original Message -----
> From: Nicky Rowe
> Sent: 11/16/12 12:24 PM
> To: Standard Cornish discussion list
> Subject: Re: [Spellyans] UC/UCR
>  Is the terrible way Irish is taught in schools really worth writing off
> the whole idea of school education for Cornish? There are plenty of ways to
> teach. If I was a teacher I'd make Cornish more of a club than a class,
> focus on conversation and activities rather than rote learning and tests,
> but speak to them only in Cornish. 60 minutes of fun immersion using
> Cornish is surely better than 60 minutes of learning about Cornish in
> English.
>  Nicky
>  On 16 November 2012 11:43, Nicholas Williams <njawilliams at gmail.com>wrote:
>>  I taught Irish in university for 30 years. The teaching of Irish in
>> schools is so faulty, that in some ways it has done more harm than good.
>> 90 years after independence Irish is hardly spoken at all. There is no
>> daily newspaper, no weekly magazine.
>>  And people are even proud to declare that they know no Irish.
>>  Many public notices in Irish are incorrectly spelt or meaningless but
>> that doesn't matter because people don't see them.
>>  They have been turned off Irish by having it badly taught to them in
>> school.
>>  The only people who speak Irish are those who learnt it from their
>> parents.
>>  Mura bhfuil sí ón gcliabhán agat, níl sí agat ar chor ar bith 'If you
>> haven't it [Irish] from the cradle, you haven't it at all].
>>  Schools in this matter are useless.
>>  Nicholas
>>  On 16 Nov 2012, at 11:13, Michael Everson wrote:
>>  The schools will not save or restore Cornish any more in Cornwall than
>> they did in Ireland.
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