Welsh language educational terms on-line

TCanolfan Bedwyr's Language Technologies staff: ( l-r)Dr Tegau Andrews, Dewi Bryn Jones, Delyth Prys and Guto Prys  with Leighton Andrews, Education and Skills Minister in Cardiff recently.<p>T<span class=Canolfan Bedwyr's Language Technologies staff: ( l-r)Dr Tegau Andrews, Dewi Bryn Jones, Delyth Prys and Guto Prys  with Leighton Andrews, Education and Skills Minister in Cardiff recently. Canolfan Bedwyr's Language Technologies staff: ( l-r)Dr Tegau Andrews, Dewi Bryn Jones, Delyth Prys and Guto Prys with Leighton Andrews, Education and Skills Minister in Cardiff recently. he Minister for Education and Skills, Leighton Andrews, will launch the new Y Termiadur Addysg (Education Terminology Dictionary) web-site in Cardiff on 22 March 2012. The web-site www.termiaduraddysg.org includes a new enlarged version of the popular terminology text published in 2006, with additional features to aid searching for and learning standardized Welsh terms aimed at school children and students of further education colleges.

Delyth Prys, the dictionary’s Chief Editor said: “It’s possible to do so much more in a website compared to traditional paper formats. It will be easy to add new terms continuously, rather than wait for a complete dictionary to be printed. Users will be able to download the dictionary to their mobile phones, and the website will also contain games and other features to learn unfamiliar terms.”

In welcoming the new website, Leighton Andrews said: “This is a great boost to Welsh-medium education, and to the language in general. It will be a very useful resource for all those using the language in schools and colleges, those producing educational materials in Welsh as well as the general public. It’s important that the latest technology is used to provide this service, and that Welsh is used in these new, attractive media”.

Delyth Prys, Head of Canolfan Bedwyr's Language Technologies Unit with the Minister, Leighton AndrewsDelyth Prys, Head of Canolfan Bedwyr's Language Technologies Unit with the Minister, Leighton AndrewsThis is the third version of Y Termiadur to be developed at Bangor University since 1993. Research on the first version led to the establishment of the Centre for the Standardization of Welsh Terminology at the university, now part of Canolfan Bedwyr’s Language Technologies Unit. 

Professor John G. Hughes, Bangor University’s Vice-Chancellor said: “We’re very glad that Termiadur has been able to grow and develop hand in hand with new technology. Y Termiadur laid a strong foundation for the development of a large number of other dictionaries of standardized terminology at Bangor University, including terms for Higher Education through the medium of Welsh and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. It’s good to be able to celebrate the latest success of this pioneering work.”

Publication date: 22 March 2012