Skol dy’Sadorn Kernewek

Last week the first bilingual Cornish/English creche or Skol dy’Sadorn Kernewek (Cornish Saturday School) opened its doors for the first time. The group is being held on Saturdays at the Cornwall College in Cambourne and children between 2 and 5 years old are attending. The children are immersed in Cornish in one room, and their parents learn Cornish in another. The Cornish lessons for the parents focus particularly on language they can use with their children.

You can see a video of the creche here.

According to this article, the creche and the Movyans Skolyow Meythrin (The Nursery Schools Movement) was set up by a Welsh man who works as an early years lecturer at the Cornwall College and who was impressed by the success of a simliar creche in Spain where English and Basque are used and where he used to work.

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5 Responses to Skol dy’Sadorn Kernewek

  1. Yenlit says:

    And do they have separate rooms each teaching the different spelling systems which they can never decide to settle on to the language movements own detriment?

  2. Jim Morrison says:

    Yenlit,
    I assume they teach the standard written form. Or maybe it is too early for reading and writing. It will be interesting to see how this progresses.

  3. Simon says:

    It is the Standard Written Form (SWF) of Cornish that is being taught, according to one of the comments on this article.

  4. Macsen says:

    It’s ironic that the Welshman who’s behind the nursery school, Rhisiart Tal-e-bont, doesn’t speak Welsh, although both languages are very similar and the nursery also follows closely what has been achieved by Mudiad Ysgolion Meithrin (nusery school movement).

    http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2010/01/16/first-cornish-speaking-creche-is-inspired-by-example-set-inwales-91466-25612689/

    Good on Rhisiart and the Cornish.

    Re orthography – the Cornish are trying to achieve in a few years what most languages take centuries to do!

  5. Adam says:

    Although i applaude the man for setting this up it is of great shame to me that he doesn’t speak Welsh coming from Wales with a name like that and having such an interest in Cornish, maybe through this interest he will learn Welsh? seems like an insult to Wales and the Welsh language that he can disregard his own culture. Although i do applaude the man for getting things going with cornwall.