Two years ago, while attending a spring music festival held in a holiday camp in Prestatyn, northern Wales, I got a glimpse into how a truly bilingual society works. For one thing, the aisles at the local Tesco had signage in both English and Welsh. Later, walking down the main street, I followed behind a young hippyish couple conversing entirely in Welsh.
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LISTEN | David Hesketh on the rise of bilingualism in Wales
Liverpudlian Dave Hesketh relocated to the North Wales town of Rhuthun/Ruthin in 1985 and held the post of Head of Design and Technology at a local school for 25 years. Now retired, he continues to work for the examination board as a subject specialist.
Here, he and Sarah follow on from her interview with 16 year-old Welsh student Agnes Carter, this time offering a teacher’s perspective on bilingual schools in Wales, and the undeniable centrality of language.