Primary and secondary teachers in Wales are set to benefit from free courses to help them improve their Welsh, under a scheme pioneered by Cardiff University.
Aimed at improving the standards and confidence with which teachers, lecturers and classroom assistants speak in the Welsh language, the new programme will offer a range of courses free to education practitioners, Walesonline.co.uk reported.
Leighton Andrews, the Welsh minister for education, unveiled the multi-million pound scheme which it is hoped will improve the quality of teaching in the language.
The £6 million Welsh Language Sabbatical Scheme was originally trialled by Cardiff University but this new round of funding means that the initiative can be rolled out to other locations and institutions, with new courses and learning programmes available.
Cardiff University will continue to provide a third of training for higher-level Welsh speakers and 18 per cent of the provisions for the entry and foundation-level training.
The Welsh government will pay for supply teachers to cover lessons when teachers are attending the training while also covering travel and accommodation expenses.
A report published in 2005 found that 20.8 per cent of the Welsh population spoke the language.