Teacher is Eisteddfod Learner of the Year

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views - ANNA LEWIS anna.lewis@waleson­line.co.uk

A TEACHER from Pen­coed has been crowned Welsh learner of the year af­ter in­spir­ing her pupils to fol­low in her foot­steps.

Re­becca Mor­gan, 24, was named the win­ner of the pres­ti­gious award at the sec­ond day of the Urdd Na­tional Eisteddfod.

A Welsh sec­ond-lan­guage teacher at Bishop of Llandaff High School, Cardiff, Re­becca is the only bilin­gual mem­ber of her fam­ily af­ter de­cid­ing to pur­sue the lan­guage in high school and univer- sity.

Now, af­ter gain­ing a first-class de­gree in sec­ond lan­guage Welsh at Swansea Univer­sity, she hopes to go on to be­come head of de­part­ment to in­spire a new gen­er­a­tion of Welsh speak­ers.

Re­becca, who comes from Pen­coed, said: “Every­one is so proud to be Welsh as a coun­try and every­one is so proud of our heritage but you have to be wil­ing to speak Welsh to be­come part of it.

“Peo­ple think it’s such a com­pli­cated lan­guage that they are put off it but you just have to take the op­por­tu­nity.

“If I can do it any­one can. I tell my pupils I was ex­actly like them, none of my fam­ily or friends spoke Welsh so we’re no dif­fer­ent.”

Re­becca’s vic­tory fol­lows af­ter a full day of as­sessed ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a live in­ter­view with BBC Ra­dio Cymru, ukelele les- sons, pub­lic speak­ing and help­ing in the wel­come cen­tre. She fought off com­pe­ti­tion from three other fi­nal­ists in­clud­ing 18-year-old Alys Wil­liams from Peny­lan.

She said: “I can’t be­lieve it, I didn’t ex­pect it all. I was com­pletely shocked.

“It was such a fun day and I met some lovely peo­ple, it was com­pletely dif­fer­ent from any­thing I had ever done be­fore.

“The ukelele les­son was re­ally great fun but I just loved in the in­ter­views and meet­ing so many dif­fer­ent peo­ple.”

Re­becca Mor­gan from Brid­gend, win­ner of the Learner’s Medal at this year’s Urdd Na­tional Eisteddfod

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