Learning Cornish

On this page you can find out:

  • how to start learning Cornish
  • how to introduce Cornish in your school
  • what you need to do if you are thinking about starting a class and what resources are available

Do you want to start learning Cornish?

The Go Cornish website has everything you need to start learning Cornish.  You can find details of classes and courses available, events and links to further information.

Find a class near you

Would you like to introduce Cornish in your school or find out what resources are available?

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. Alternatively, we can arrange training for early years teachers. This would enable them to 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. This is directly applicable to language and local place learning aims. However, it can also add learning outcomes to:

  • music
  • drama
  • geography
  • history
  • other subjects

Are you a Cornish teacher or thinking about starting a class?

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 Qualification – Entry Level Cornish

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

WJEC offers a range of QCF (Qualifications and Credit Framework) accredited language qualifications. The qualifications allow learners to prove their competency in communicating in another language. Learners show what they “can do” with their new language, rather than what they can remember.

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

  • Communicating personal information 
  • Education and employment
  • Social activities

Candidates can:

  • select which units they are assessed in
  • choose different units in later years at a higher level

This means that they could develop the depth and range of their Cornish over time.

You can find out more about WJEC language qualifications on the WJEC website.

Further information for teachers and candidates:

Policies for the Examination Centre:

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