We could possibly learn something from weight loss companies/groups. Groups such as Slimming World and Weight Watchers take slightly different approaches, but both have some core elements, that can lead to some very positive outcomes. I admit these groups don't work for everyone, but I just thought it was worth considering some of their methods, and how they could be used to help people succeed in learning welsh;
1) Support groups - share experiences in a safe environment with people who understand your challenges. Provide a focus during the week, and a point to aim for as this is when you get weighed.
For WELSH: All levels could come to a group and share (in English - keep this a safe env, no pressure, works for all levels) what Welsh interaction/learning/practise they've done that week.
2) Full colour magazine - this is full of inspriring stories and recipe ideas. Shows you what can be achieved.
For WELSH: Magazine full of stories of learners who have succeeded, and of ideas on where to go to practise. Majority of text in English - this is about inspiration, not learning the language.
3) Food diary - recording what you've eaten helps you keep track of your efforts. This can be done on paper or on an mobile app.
For WELSH: Interaction/learning diary - number of Welsh conversations that day, number of lessons done, number of books read, loads of other measures could be used. Helps track level of Welsh learning activity, and will encourage finding more opportunities to interact. @leiafee @Bobi @jamesmahoney Could work well as part of a gamification app.
4) Reward system - Badges, stickers, 'slimmer of the week'. Although small, they are nice to collect, and provide clear milestones.
For WELSH: Badges etc could work well as part of a gamification app.
5) Financial incentive - once you reach your target, you no longer have to pay to attend. Pay in advance for set number of meetings. Pay even when you don't attend, to try and disuade you from not going if you've had a bad week.
For WELSH: Bit controversial this one, but financial incentives could help motivate people. If we were looking to set up actual groups, then being volunteer run on a weekly basis is a big ask, so having an income could be useful.
There are obvious problems with the anaology of losing weight and learning Welsh. You have to eat, you don't have to learn Welsh. There is also the issue that if you are doing Welsh lessons, you may not have time or money to spend on a support group. Perhaps Welsh lessons could take up some aspects of this model.