We must embrace languages
ONCE again B Jones (Post, August 21) has his facts wrong.
The Welsh language was introduced as a subject in English medium schools in Wales after a consultation with all four main political parties in the 1990s(Plaid Cymru, Liberal Democrats, Labour and Tories) in Westminster, with local authorities, which included the influential Independents' grouping, and parent and teacher representatives on the schools' boards of governors.
It is a complete fantasy to claim that Welsh's inclusion was at the behest of Welsh speakers.
It is also fantasy to suggest, as B Jones claimed, that Welsh medium schools are only for the children of Welsh speaking parents or for children who speak Welsh. They are for English speakers as well and they have a high intake of children from English monoglot families and it is perfectly possible for children to be fluent in not just two but even three languages.
Plaid leader Leanne Wood has proposed that we in Wales follow the plans of Luxembourg which has trilingualism with its own Luxembourgish (Lëtzebuergesch) language (77 per cent native speakers), and as second language speakers the figures are: German (88 per cent), French (90 per cent) and English (60 per cent).
We have to do better at learning languages at school and the total immersion technique is a method.
We could have all sorts of languages spoken as well as re-establishing Welsh and having English as a joint official language and a powerful international language as well.
Plaid Cymru, Castle Ward