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Development of Language Learning and Teaching in Primary School
Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

One member of staff hopes to attend the French immersion course in Lyon, France , in October 2016. This development of language learning is in line with the European, Scottish Government and West Lothian Council initiatives and guidelines. The teacher concerned expressed a wish to improve her confidence in the teaching and learning of French within her classroom and her school by attending various local council training sessions . This increased confidence and enthusiasm for language learning resulted in more awareness of user friendly available resources and a development of her language teaching within her classroom. She subsequently attended further immersion courses and became aware of a learning opportunity within a European context, the French immersion course provided by LFEE. The chance to become more aware of European, French culture directly and to learn through native speakers in a real environment was considered to be a possible next step in developing a more international outlook within the school . It would not only provide excellent opportunities to explore possible European, French contacts and liaisons , knowledge about cultural aspects of French life but also provide resources, active learning and training opportunities for the pupils and other teaching staff within the school. The teacher in question proposes to utilise her developed competences by directly embedding her learning into the everyday approach to language learning within her classroom and by using related ICT resources in a more effective way. She will share these resources within her whole school and will make these available within the wider context of local cluster school. A development of a French language club and a possible twinning or liaison with a French school within Lyon will develop a new more cultural and global aspect to the children's experience of language learning.
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