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Top award goes to Welsh Centre tutor

19 March 2009

Anna TipladyAnna Tiplady

A senior tutor in the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Welsh for Adults Centre in the School of Welsh who has been hailed as revolutionising Welsh learning for adults in Cardiff has scooped a top all-Wales award.

Anna Tiplady has written several new and innovative courses since she started working at the Centre two years ago. One of her main successes was leading a team which developed an accessible online Welsh language course for beginners - blended Wlpan.

Anna, 34 and from Swansea, was declared Welsh Tutor of the Year in the NIACE Dysgu Cymru Inspire Adult Tutor and Mentor of the Year Awards 2008.

The course has received much praise from participants due to the fact students can study at their computers in their own time and at their own pace.

This is the first time a course of this kind has been offered to adult learners and was developed at the start of 2008. Due to its popularity five courses were put on in 12 months. Three more have been planned for 2009 as well as a more advanced course.

Students are encouraged to attend the Welsh for Adults Centre each week in order to interact with fellow students and tutors and enhance their Welsh speaking skills. There is also the opportunity to converse with learners during the many activities that are arranged each month by staff at the centre. Activities include pub quizzes, scenic walks and visits to museums and other cultural places of interest.

John Griffiths, Deputy Minister for Skills, presented Anna with her award saying: "Adult tutors and mentors are some of the most inspirational people there are and justly deserve the recognition they attract through these well-respected and highly prestigious awards."

Anna said: "I am thrilled to win this award. I love my job and the most exciting part about teaching is bringing a subject to life for your students and making it more accessible to them, and then witnessing them achieving positive results.

"We have had people from all walks of life accessing the blended Wlpan course. It has attracted professionals, mothers of young children and older people. Some people who are strapped for time but who are determined to learn Welsh are even logging on at midnight! It's fantastic to have nurtured such enthusiasm.

"I am really proud that I've been able to help people not only learn Welsh but do so in an innovative way using the latest techniques in modern technology."

NIACE Dysgu Cymru is the national, independent organisation for adult learning in Wales. The Inspire Adult Learner Awards 2009 aim to highlight people’s achievements in adult learning which will ultimately inspire others to return to education.

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