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College’s emphasis on the Welsh language

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23 May 2014

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From the Revd Robert S. J. Charles

Sir, - As a former student (1962-65), I felt sad to read of the proposed closure of St Michael's College, Llandaff. Reading the report (News, 2 May) and subsequent correspondence (9 May), I am bound to say that the college's current emphasis on the Welsh language and culture could be one of the reasons for its demise.

I recall Welsh services being reduced to just one a week in my time at the college, and this was in recognition that approximately half the students came from outside Wales, and, of the Welsh students, half, at most, were Welsh-speaking. Extracurricular Welsh classes were held for those interested, but there was no pressure on students to participate.

Such a change in emphasis must have served to limit the appeal of the college to students from outside Wales, and I wonder whether it is not too late to explore ways in which the appeal of this rather special college might once again be widened.

ROBERT S. J. CHARLES
8 Old Bystock Drive
Exmouth, Devon EX8 5RB

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