Dr Rhian Hodges

BA MA PhD PGCert Wales

Name
Rhian Hodges
Position
Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy (Welsh-medium)
Email
r.s.hodges@bangor.ac.uk
Phone
01248 383034
Location
Room 003, Neuadd Ogwen

Overview

Dr Rhian Siân Hodges comes from Bargoed, Rhymni Valley. She was a pupil at Ysgol Gilfach Fargod and Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni and has lived in North Wales for over a decade now. She came to Bangor to study for a  BA in Sociology and Social Policy through the medium of Welsh and graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in 2005. She subsequently pursued an MA degree in Research and Social Policy in 2006 before going on to study for a PhD in Sociology and Social Policy between 2006 and 2009 on non-Welsh parents’ motives over choosing education through the medium of Welsh for their children.

Dr Hodges was appointed a lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at the School of Social Sciences in Bangor University in September 2009. Between 2012 and 2017 she was a lecturer with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. Since 2011, she has been the Director of the MA in Language Policy and Planning, and she has a number of important interests in this area. Her research interests include language and policy planning in Wales and beyond, Welsh medium education, the use of the Welsh language, new speakers of Welsh, language transmission in the family, the community and the workplace.

She is part of the teaching team on the Sociology and Social Policy degree in Bangor and she lectures on a number of various undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Language Planning, Sociology of Music, Sociology and Social Policy.

She is a WISERD Research Fellow, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of the Institute of Welsh Affairs. She travels annually to the University of the Basque Country on the Erasmus Staff Exchange.

Rhian lives in Bangor with her husband, Matt and enjoys playing tennis, listening to live music, film festivals and going for walks.

Research

Prys, C and Hodges, Rh. Pecyn Adnoddau Aml-gyfrwng Cymdeithaseg (PAAC) Strategic Grant from the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol: September 2017- September 2019 to create a multi-medium resource package to support the teaching of Sociology through the medium of Welsh cynhyrchu pecyn amlgyfrwng o adnoddau i gefnogi dysgu cymdeithaseg drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg (Co-Investigator , £37,893.00)

Hodges, Rh a Prys, C. Cymrodoriaeth Cyfnewid Gwybodaeth ESRC: Pecyn Adnoddau Cynllunio Ieithyddol Cymunedol/ ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship: Community Language Planning Resource (Hydref/ October 2016 – Medi/ September 2017) (£11,396)

Hodges, Rh; Prys, C; Orrell, A; Williams, S; Williams, E. (2015) Defnyddio’r Gymraeg yn y Gymuned: Astudiaeth Ymchwil. Cardiff: Welsh Government. (Primary researcher, Welsh Government Grant, November 2014, (£69,753.29))

Small grant - Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (£2,400)
Developing an undergraduate and multi-disiplinary nodule, ‘Cymdeithaseg Cerddoriaeth’ with Dr Gwawr Ifan, School of Music, 2011

Small grant - Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (£1,700)
Arranging a Language Planning Symposium, ‘Tu Hwnt i’r Dosbarth: Dyfodol Cynllunio Ieithyddol’, 2012

Hodges, Rh. (2010) Tua'r Goleuni: Addysg Gymraeg yng Nghwm Rhymni – rhesymau rhieni dros ddewis addysg Gymraeg i’w plant. Unpublished PhD thesis. Bangor: Bangor University.

Prys, C; Hodges, Rh, Mann, R, Collis, B. 2013. 'Gwirfoddoli a'r Iaith Gymraeg'. Cardiff: Office of the Welsh Language Commissioner. (Second researcher, Grant from the Office of the Welsh Language Commissioner, Summer 2013, £18,000)

Publications

Hodges, Rh & Prys, C. (2017) Pecyn Cymorth Hybu’r Gymraeg yn y Gymuned/ A Toolkit for Promoting the Welsh Language in the Community. Prifysgol Bangor University.

Hodges, Rh. (forthcoming) ‘Rhetoric or reality? Is Welsh really a living language and a language for living? Language use of new Welsh speakers in Cwm Rhymni, south Wales’ in M. Hornsby & K. Rosiak. (eds.) Celtic Studies, Eastern Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Ifan, G. & Hodges, Rh. (2017) ‘Creative Collaboration in Higher Education: A Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol case-study’ in D. Palfreyman & C. Van der Walt, (eds.) Academic Biliteracies. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Hodges, Rh; Prys, C; Orrell, A; Williams, S; Williams, E. (2015) Defnyddio’r Gymraeg yn y Gymuned: Astudiaeth Ymchwil. Caerdydd: Llywodraeth Cymru.

Hodges, Rh (2015) “They come out of School and switch straight over to English”: New Welsh speakers in Cwm Rhymni, south Wales, from a parent’s perspective’ in Dominated Languages in the 21st Century: Papers from the International Conference on Minority Languages XIV. Graz: Glazer Plurilingualismus Studien ISBN 978-3-901600-38-8.

Hodges, Rh (2014) ‘Caught in the middle: Parents’ perceptions of new Welsh speakers’ language use: The case of Cwm Rhymni, south Wales’ in Zeszyty Łużyckie/ Sorbian Review 48.  

Hodges, Rh. (2012) ‘Welsh-medium Education and parental incentives – the case of the Rhymney Valley, Caerphilly’ in International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 2012. 1-19. ISSN 1747-7522.

Hodges, Rh. (2011) Welsh-Medium Education and Parental Incentives at the Start of the Twenty-First Century - The Case of the Rhymni Valley, Caerffili, Contemporary Wales, Vol 24. 1-27.

Hodges, Rh. (2011) Integrative or Instrumental Incentives? Non- Welsh-speaking Parents and Welsh-medium Education in the Rhymney Valley, South Wales. Treatises and Documents: Journal of Ethnic Studies/ Rasprave in Gradivo: Revija za Narodnostna Uprasanja. December 2011

Hodges, Rh. (2011) ‘Towards the Light/ Tua'r Goleuni? Welsh-medium Education for the non-Welsh-speaking in south-Wales: A Parent's Choice' in International Conference of Minority Languages Tartu, Estonia 2009 Conference Proceedings Esuka-Jeful 2-1 (2011) (http://www.fl.ut.ee/98059)

Hodges, Rh. (2010) Tua’r Goleuni (Towards the Light): Rhesymau Rhieni dros ddewis addysg Gymraeg i’w plant (Reasons why adults choose Welsh education for their children): Achos Cwm Rhymni, Caerphilly’, Gwerddon Issue 6 (http://www.gwerddon.org/6_rhieni_ac_addysg_gymraeg_cwm_rhymni-93.aspx)

Hodges, Rh. (2010) ‘Burghers neu Spiralists? Rhesymau a Chymhellion Rhieni di - Gymraeg dros ddewis addysg Gymraeg i’w plant yng Nghwm Rhymni, sir Gaerffili’ Papurau Menai School of Social Sciences, Bangor University (www.bangor.ac.uk/PapurauMenai/Hodges.pdf)

Hodges, Rh. (2009) ‘Welsh Language Use Among Young People in the Rhymney Valley’, Contemporary Wales, Vol 22. 16-35.

 

Research Students

These are some examples of the research projects that Dr Hodges has supervised as part of the MA in Language Planning and Policy :

Submitted:

  • Dylan Bryn Roberts, Polisi Addysg yng Ngwynedd a Chaernarfon (Education Policy in Gwynedd and Caernarfon)
  • Sian Pritchard, 'Attitude to Clients’ Welsh language choice issues in Dementia Care'
  • Helen Williams, 'A oes streic ieithyddol yn ardal Fethesda?' (Is there a linguistic strike in the Bethesda area?)
  • Rhian Jane Davies, 'Language Choice and the Court System in North Wales'

Current Projects:

  • Craig ab Iago, Y Gymraeg yn ystyriaeth ganolog er mwyn sicrhau anghenion tai (Welsh a central consideration in ensuring housing needs)
  • Dinah Ellis, Pa le i'r Gymraeg fel rhan o strategaeth trechi tlodi Llywodraeth Cymru? (astudiaeth o le’r Gymraeg ym maes Dechrau’r Deg a Theuluoedd yn Gyntaf) (Is there a place for Welsh as part of the Welsh Government's strategy to overcome poverty?)

Current PhD Students:

Sioned Wyn Williams, ‘Defnydd Cymdeithasol yr iaith Gymraeg yng Ngwynedd a Môn gyda golwg ar y ffactorau sy’n effeithio cymelliannau disgyblion ysgol dros ddewis addysg uwch drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg’ (Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol PhD Scholarship)

Sharyn Williams, The factors that affect choosing a language in education

Teaching and Administration

Undergraduate:
Year 1

  • Cyflwyniad i Gynllunio Ieithyddol (SCS 1006)
  • Cymdeithaseg a’r Byd Cyfoes (SCS 1004)
  • Cymdeithaseg a’r Byd Cyfoes (Distance Learning Module, the CCC)

Year 2 

  • Cynllunio Ieithyddol yn Ewrop (SCS 2010)
  • Cymdeithaseg Cerddoriaeth yng Nghymru (SCU2012)

Year 3

  • Addysg yn y Gymru Gyfoes (SCU3012) Cymdeithaseg Cerddoriaeth yng Nghymru (SCU3005)

Postgraduate:

Cynllunio Ieithyddol (SCS 4008)

Y Broses Ymchwil (SCU 4002)

Other activities

Activities

Hodges, Rh a Prys, C. (2017) A Toolkit for Promoting the Welsh language in the community ( in partnership with Mentrau Iaith Cymru and funded by The ESRC Impact Acceleration Account Bangor University. The toolkit can be downloaded for free from the Mentrau Iaith Cymru website.

Conference Papers

Shifft ieithyddol mewn chwe chymuned yng Nghymru (Language Shift in Six Communities in Wales), WISERD, Bangor, 5ed o Orffennaf 2017 (ar y cyd â Cynog Prys)

Panel discussion: Language, community and civil society in Wales today, AHRC Research Network - Language Revitalization and Social Transformation 22-23 May (2017), Aberystwyth University, Rhian Hodges & Cynog Prys

“It's cool to be a Welsh person but that doesn't necessarily mean you speak Welsh: Assessing Welsh Language Use Patterns in Six Welsh Communities. NAASWCH Conference, Havard University, Cambridge, MA. July 20th 2016.

Welsh Language Use in the Community: Research Study. Sociolinguistic Symposium 21, Universidad de Murcia. 17th of June 2016.

Do parents really know best? Parents’ perceptions of attitudes, belonging, identity and prestige of new Welsh speakers in Cwm Rhymni, South Wales. WISERD Paper Panel: Attitudes and Prestige in Changing Fortunes of Welsh. Sociolinguistic Symposium 21, Universidad de Murcia. 16th of June 2016.

Asesu patrymau ymddygiad a defnydd iaith o fewn cymunedau Cymru: Gwerthusiad strategaeth iaith Gymraeg Llywodraeth Cymru. Cynhadledd Ryngwladol Dwyieithrwydd mewn Addysg/ International Conference of Bilingualism in Education. Prifysgol Bangor University. 10-12 Mehefin/ June 2016 ( ar y cyd â Cynog Prys a Sioned Williams)

The Sustainability of Welsh as a community language: social norms of Welsh language use. Small Language planning: Communities in Crisis, Soillse Conference, Glasgow. 6-8 June 2016.

Canfyddiadau’r Cyhoedd ynglŷn â’u cyfleoedd i ddefnyddio’r Gymraeg mewn siopau a gwasanaethau cyhoeddus. Cynhadledd WISERD Cymraeg yn y Gweithle, Prifysgol Bangor, 23ain o Fai 2016 (ar y cyd â Cynog Prys)

Welsh Language Use in the Community: An Evaluation of the Welsh language Strategy, Iaith fyw: iaith byw. Donostia Lecture Series: University of the Basque Country, Donostia. 11th of November 2015.

‘Defnyddio’r Gymraeg yn y Gymuned’ National Conference of Mentrau Iaith Cymru, Canolfan Soar, Merthyr Tudful, November 2015 (in conjunction with Dr Cynog Prys).

'Defnyddio’r Gymraeg yn y Gymuned', WISERD Research Seminar, Aberystwyth, November 2015 (in conjunction with Dr Cynog Prys)

‘Defnyddio’r Gymraeg yn y Gymuned’ WISERD Annual Conference, Cardiff, June-July 2015.

‘Bridging the Gap through Creative Collaboration: A Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (Welsh-medium National College) Case Study’, Poznan Conference of Celtic Studies, October 2014 (a Dr Gwawr Ifan)

‘Gwthio Ffiniau a Chydweithio Creadigol: Cymdeithaseg Cerddoriaeth yng Nghymru’ ‘Pa Le i’n Hiaith mewn Addysg Uwch’ , Cynhadledd Rhyngwladol y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, (gyda Dr Gwawr Ifan) Gorffennaf 2014

"From a parent's perspective: Language use of new Welsh speakers in a south Wales valley" Ponzan Conference of Celtic Studies, October 2014

‘Minority Language Education chosen by majority-language Speakers: The Case of the Rhymni Valley, South Wales’ International Minority Language Conference (ICML) 2007, Pecs, Hungary

‘Towards the Light/ Tua’r Goleuni: Welsh Medium Education for the non-Welsh speaking in south Wales: A Parent’s Choice’International Minority Language Conference (ICML) 2009, Tartu, Estonia

‘Addysg Gymraeg i Rieni Di-Gymraeg y Cymoedd’. Mantais conference, Gregynog, Summer 2009,

‘Towards the Light’:Why do non-Welsh-speaking parents choose Welsh-medium education for their children? The Case of Cwm Rhymni, Caerffili’. Summer Conference, WISERD 2011.

‘Why do non-Welsh-speaking parents choose Welsh-medium education for their children in the Rhymney Valley?’. School of Social Science Research Seminar 2011

‘Burghers or Spiralists? Integrative or Instrumental Incentives?  Welsh-medium Education and parental incentives- Rhymney Valley’. Celtic Languages Research Seminar Series, SOILLSE, Edinburgh University, May 2011.

Welsh medium Research Conference, Gregynog (Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol) 2011, ‘Tua’r Goleuni: Rhesymau Rhieni dros ddewis addysg Gymraeg i’w plant yng Nghwm Rhymni.’

‘Welsh-medium education for the non-Welsh-speaking in South Wales: A Parent’s Choice’. International Minority Language Conference (ICML)  2011, Flensburg and Sonderborg,

New Speakers of Minority Languages: A Dialogue March 2012, Edinburgh University ‘Our Own Language? New Welsh Speakers and Language Use in the Rhymni Valley, South Wales’

‘Burghers’ or ‘Spiralists’? Parental Choice and Welsh-medium Education in south Wales. The story so far...’. WISERD Summer Conference, Swansea 2011

Bangor Linguistics Society (BLS) Paper, December 2011 ‘Y Genhedlaeth Goll/The Lost Generation: Regaining the mother tongue for their children-Non-Welsh-speaking parents and Welsh-medium Education in the Rhymney Valley, south Wales’.

WISERD Conference, Bangor March 2012, ‘Welsh-medium Education and ‘new’ Welsh Speakers: Fragmented Identity in a Devolved Wales?’

Introducing Music Sociology: Welsh Music Students' Conference, Y Drwm, Aberystwyth, February 2012

‘Our Own Language? New Welsh Speakers and Language Use in the Rhymney Valley, South Wales’, Symposium 'New Speakers of Minority Languages: A Dialogue, Edinburgh University March 2012

New Speakers: Parental Incentives and Welsh-medium Education in south Wales, ICLASP (International Conference on Language and Social Psychology) Leeuwarden, June 2012

Music touches my Welsh soul’:  Music, identity and social well-being in Wales’ Sociology of Arts Conference, Vienna September 2012 (joint paper with Dr Gwawr Ifan, School of Music)

‘Cynllunio Ieithyddol: Ddoe, Heddiw ac Yfory’, Language Initiatives Wales National Conference, y Bala, February 2013

'An Educational Phenomenon? New Welsh Speakers in the Rhymni Valley: Learners or Users? A Parental Perspective. International Minority Language Conference (ICML) Graz, Austria, September 2013

'Volunteering and the Welsh Language' Donostia Lecture Series: University of the Basque County, Donostia 14th of November 2013.

'Volunteering and the Welsh Language' Conference Presentation: WCVA Conference Llandudno, Conwy 16th of September 2013.

'Gwirfoddoli a'r Gymraeg' Research Seminar School of Social Sciences (with Dr Cynog Prys) December 2013.

Reviewing papers in Academic Journals

  • Journal of Language, Identity and Education
  • Ethnicities Journal
  • Journal of Language, Culture and Curriculum

Various Articles

Winter Agenda 2010 Institute of Welsh Affairs (I. W. A.)
Hodges, Rh and Morris (D.) (2010) 'Opening their mouths to prove they're Welsh' in Winter Agenda, 2010, Cardiff: Institute of Welsh Affairs

ClickonWales: Institute of Welsh Affairs Magazine
Hodges, Rh (2010) ‘Caerffili points to the future of the Welsh Language’
http://www.clickonwales.org/2010/07/caerphilly-points-to-future-of-the-language/

Western Mail
My PhD research appeared in the Western Mail on 2.11.10 under the title , “The Welsh reasons for ensuring children get Welsh Education'

Y Cymro
The MA in Language Policy and Planning’s trip to the Basque Country appeared in y Cymro in December 2013.