This has been a ‘heads down and build’ kind of month - which always feels a little frustrating in terms of external results, but sometimes just has to happen.
Currently available material:
As last month, PLUS 4 more northern L3 lessons.
The various explosions these caused eventually meant we had to commit to a couple of serious changes to the SSiBorg, which Ifan is implementing right now. I’m hoping that we’ll be able to publish more northern L3 material before the end of this month, but don’t go and bet the house on it…
I think we’re getting close to a kind of spring flowering…
Again, don’t quote me, but if it’s not this month, I’m pretty optimistic it’ll start to sparkle in April.
Once Ifan’s current piece of work (and one more fix after it) is finished, we should be able to start producing northern L3 on a very regular basis, and get moving with the southern L3 as well - not to mention getting Spanish L3 up and running, carrying on with Dutch, Manx, Asturian and Cornish, and starting work on a collection of new material as well (not certain yet, but might include Sami, Croatian, French and Italian).
Barring any last minute hiccups, it currently looks as though we will have our first commercial 5 Day in early May (one deposit in, waiting for another, and may have one spare place) - and probably a VIP event in Portmeirion in April - so the first steps of this extremely niche, incredibly hard-working and eye-wateringly expensive approach are going enormously encouragingly well. If we can roll it out into Spanish, it may turn into a very important line of extra income and credibility for us.
I’m waiting with eager anticipation for the next round of testing the SSiBorg, which I hope and believe is going to be a big step forwards for us.
I’m also optimistic about taking the 5DSI (5 day super intensives!) out into Spanish, although that may be two or three months down the line.
I’ve heard that the online school project has got the green light, so that might become extremely interesting, although I’m currently not sure what the timetable is. We’ve also had an invitation to be the language side of things for a new centre for accelerated learning in Cambridge, but again I’m not sure what the timeline is like.
Iestyn has been having some very useful conversations with teachers about the new requirements for GCSE Welsh as a second language, and we’re currently looking at providing some specific material to help with the oral exam - which I think could potentially be a big step forwards.
I’ve started work on collating all the various bits and pieces of advice that we’ve accrued over the years, to write a ‘How to Succeed With SSiW’ kind of guidebook. I’m currently thinking we might publish it (for the same sort of price as my little book) and see if that a) helps encourage people to read it and b) possibly works as something we could advertise, to get new learners in without actually losing money…
Pause and breathe in so that we don’t rush the SSiBorg into full time work before it’s ready. Plus very encouraging steps forward with the 5DSIs.
Still quietly confident. You never know, this might just be the year when we take on some new staff…