Look at the list of fast facts about Wales for 5 minutes and try to memorize. Share the facts you remember with your groupmates.
Quick Facts about Wales.
Population Density: 150.1 people per km2*
Coastal Path: 1400km
Capital City: Cardiff, population 361,468*
Other major towns/cities: Swansea, Newport, Wrexham
Official languages: English, Welsh
Local Government: Welsh Government
First Minister of Wales: Carwyn Jones AM
National Day: 1st March (St Davids Day)
National Anthem: Land of my fathers
Currency: Pounds sterling (£)
2. Work in pairs. Look through the text about one of the Welsh symbols you have and think what questions you should ask to find out the missing information. Ask your partner, who has the complete version of the text.
According to legend on the eve of the battle against the Saxons St David advised the Britons to wear leeks in their caps so as to easily distinguish friend from foe. This helped to secure a great victory. Today Welsh people around the world wear leeks on St David's Day. It is also a surviving tradition that soldiers in the Welsh regiments eat a raw leek on St David's Day.
The Welsh for leek (the original national emblem) is Cenhinen, while the Welsh for daffodil is Cenhinen Pedr. Over the years they became confused until the daffodil was adopted as a second emblem of Wales.
The Welsh Flag
National flag of Wales - The Red Dragon - was granted official status in 1959, but the dragon itself has been associated with Wales for centuries. Some say it’s the oldest national flag still in use, and that it was used by King Arthur and other ancient Celtic leaders.
The harp is regarded as the national instrument of Wales. By the end of the 18th century, the triple harp - so called because it had three rows of strings - was widely known as the Welsh harp on account of its popularity in Wales. The harp has been used through the ages as an accompaniment to folk-singing and dancing and as a solo instrument.
3. Chose one of the topics below and make the short report. Prepare 5 questions on the topic of your report.
St David`s Day in Wales
St Dwynwen’s Day
Eisteddfodau – music and art festival
Sports in Wales
Traditional Welsh food
Cardiff – the capital of Wales
Famous people from Wales