I have added some notes to the schedule to point out where ‘anything goes’ and where we have a common purpose.
I am hoping that it accommodates the varying views and leads to a more fruitful meeting.
Guidelines for the January 2015 meeting:
1 The times can be quite flexible as we wouldn’t want to cut short something that is working well.
2 The purpose is to give each person their individual opportunity to speak and hear Welsh and benefit from it.
3 Please remember that whoever’s turn it is, that person is the centre of attention.
12:00 to 13:00 - meet, food, chatter.
This time is fairly fluid and your chance to mingle.
13:00 to 13:30 - Say Something in Welsh about Christmas (something about food, presents, visits, people, activities, etc) in turn. You can prepare notes if you wish and look up words in the dictionary in advance. Use it however you want as long as you tell everyone something about your Christmas using Welsh.
13:30 to 14:00 - game, news, events, etc.
Carys is bringing a new game for this meeting. If you have some activity for another meeting please mention it in advance so that we don’t have two items one month and nothing the next.
14:00 to 14:30 - Dim Saesneg - divide into smaller groups if necessary. Speak
for a few minutes about an animal of your choice. This allows those who wish to
prepare for it in advance to do so and also allows fluent speakers to ask and
answer questions on the day.
The intention is to work towards using just Welsh. If you are not yet up to that standard say as much as you can in Welsh first and then fill in an odd gap with an English word or two. It is a bit on the scary side for many of us so don’t worry about it, just do what you can.
Remember that there are people in the room who can help you if you want.
I’ve set this for just 30 minutes as it requires intense concentration. We can extend it if the need arises.
14:30 onwards - recovery time and plan February, making adjustments if
I look forward to seeing you in January,