Learning Cornish

On this page you can find out how to start learning cornish, how you can introduce it in your school, what you need to do if you are thinking about starting a class and what resources are available.

The Learn Cornish Now website has everything you need to start learning Cornish.  You can find details of classes and courses available, some phrases to master as a first step and links to further information and other websites.

Find a class near you

There are already schools which teach some Cornish and there are resources here to support teachers who want to teach it.  We intend to develop support for schools, teachers and parents so that there are more chances for children to learn Cornish.

Pre school

You could send your child to a Cornish language pre-school, or we arrange training for early years teachers so that they can introduce Cornish to young children.

Primary school

The Cornish language is particularly useful to engage young children in all curriculum areas as well as enabling development of sense of place.  Cornish also provides a good introduction to learning other languages.

Secondary school

The Cornish language can de-familiarise any subject and help students approach it with fresh eyes. While directly applicable to language and local place learning aims, it can add learning outcomes to music, drama, geography, history, and others.

If you already teach Cornish or are thinking of starting a class, please join the teachers association "Ros Dyski". Ros Dyski is an organisation set up to offer support to those teaching the Cornish Language.

To find out more or if you would like to join please go to the Ros Dyski website.

WJEC (Welsh Joint Education Committee) now offers an Entry Level language qualification in Cornish.

WJEC offers a range of QCF (Qualifications and Credit Framework) language qualifications. The qualifications formally accredit learners for demonstrating their competency in communicating in another language. Learners demonstrate what they “can do” with their new language, rather than what they can remember.

There are five units to choose from and at entry level the assessment is in spoken Cornish only (no written papers). The five units are: 

  • Communicating and Personal Information 
  • Social Activities 
  • Organising and Planning
  • Giving and Receiving Information and Instructions
  • Education and Employment

Candidates can select which units they are assessed in, and choose different units in later years at a higher level so that they develop the depth and range of their Cornish over time.

Candidate entries for spring 2017 must be registered between 21 March 2017 and 30 April 2017.

Please contact the Cornish Language Office for more information. You can find out more about WJEC language qualifications on the WJEC website.

Further information for teachers and candidates: