“I am not comfortable speaking in Welsh”

I am not comfortable speaking in Welsh – The linguistic dynamic in a bilingual workplace and a bilingual school.

Arwel Williams and David Parry, two local research students in the School of Psychology at Bangor University are hosting a Welsh language event at Bangor University’s Stand at the National Eisteddfod at 10.00-11.00 on Monday August 7th.

They will be explaining their interest in increasing the use of Welsh by using behaviour-change techniques in natural settings. Their research Is funded by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

Arwel  Williams, who is 25 and from Caernarfon will be discussing his work on naturalistically observing language use in the bilingual workplace by piloting a quantitative and empiric method of collecting robust data on language behaviour in situ. He gained his first degree in Psychology and Neuropsychology from Bangor University before studying Clinical Psychology at postgraduate level.

David Parry’s research also focuses on observing the linguistic dynamic of workers in a pilot school, however using a mixed methodology by also using questionnaires to understand background and willingness to communicate for passive and reluctant speakers to use Welsh. David also comes from Caernarfon and studied his undergraduate and MSc degrees in Psychology at Bangor before embarking on his PhD in Behaviour Change Psychology.

Publication date: 1 August 2017