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French Language Training
Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Riverside Primary is in its second year of phasing in the Scottish Government's new language policy that requires pupils to begin learning their first additional language in primary one and their second in primary five. Presently there is not requirement of teaching applicants to be proficient in an additional language so there is a language proficiency gap throughout the teaching profession in Scotland that needs to be addressed in order to meet the Scottish Government's objectives. To this end, Stirling Council offers French language training to primary teachers via a 19 week programme facilitated by high school teachers one day a week after school as well as monthly opportunities to exchange ideas and resources via the Grab and Go sessions. Riverside Primary is already a school of languages. In addition to education in English, Riverside offers Gaelic Medium education, education to children with ASD and has a diverse population of pupils, some whose native language is a language other than English. The language mobility project is facilitated by a training provider in Scotland who organises a week of French language and cultural experiences in France. There is a focus on improving one's competence in French and the teaching of French. Additionally, the course meets the learners' needs by offering differentiated learning according to one's proficiency. Participants are encouraged to bring and share resources and there is a requirement to demonstrate the knowledge gained by presenting a lesson to the group. Prior to departure, the organiser provides a reading list to participants to support the professional dialogue of the week's learning.Participation in this language mobility project will serve to improve the competence of two teachers at Riverside to speak and teach French to their classes. This project will also allow the teachers to gather resources, gain new ideas and share these with their colleagues upon their return. One teacher's cultural knowledge of the French language relates to that of the Quebecois in Canada, as that is where she grew up. She would benefit greatly from an immersion experience in France in order to gain insight and appreciation of French culture. The second teacher also has some knowledge of French, having taken coursework in high school, but she realises she needs to improve her command of the French language in order to teach it to her own class.The teachers will keep track of their learning by keeping a learning portfolio which will be shared with their Head teacher upon their return to school. This learning portfolio will provide the basis for their presentation to their teaching colleagues and will include: resources, reflections of the learning undertaken as well as ideas to support language learning.The envisaged results and longer-term impact -improved competence, confidence and ability to teach French. -gained greater cultural awareness of France that can be imparted to pupils. -access to new resources (physical and those uploads to the shared drive on Glow) -option to take part in drop in sessions for French resources for topics already studied in English -participating teachers, in consultation with the 1+2 Development Coordinator, will offer input to the local authority's developmental actions relating to implementing 1+2 in Stirling Schools. This may include presenting to probationer teachers, supply teachers and/or other teachers within the council.
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