French Language Training
Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2016
In line with Scottish Curriculum for Excellence 1 +2 Languages guidelines, which recommend introduction of two further languages in addition to a child's mother tongue, our school has begun the implementation of French throughout the school, from Primary 1 to Primary 7. Every member of teaching staff has responsibility to deliver the programme, along with the use of activities to celebrate the culture and traditions of France. French Language has become embedded in our daily routines and children are encouraged to use French vocabulary and phrases throughout the school day.
Four members of staff hsve applied to complete the LFEE French immersion course. This course involves a week long stay in France with a mixture of focused sessions where teachers explore new resources and methodologies and cultural experiences where staff members would be encouraged to take part in organised excursions or soak up rural French culture in the surrounding areas.
The objectives of this course were as follows:
-To ensure our Modern Languages delivery is in line with National Guidelines:
-To develop a European dimension in our school.
-To improve the learning and teaching of languages in our school
-To gain new resources, teaching methods, enhance our use of ICT
The group of applicants consists of three class teachers and one promoted member of staff from a broad range of stages within the school, two of whom are fairly confident in Language teaching, while the others have less experience of the French language and are at the beginner stage of their learning journey. All members of staff are willing to participate in preparatory activities, including use of on-line tools, background reading, research of chosen regions of France, use of podcasts and participation in professional development sessions to enhance French language skills.
Staff members would relish the opportunity to complete the course and experience the French culture, participate in sessions to experience new, exciting teaching methodologies, have exposure to specialist resources and use what they have learned to contribute to the professional development of other members of staff within the school and in the wider learning community, including schools in our cluster group. Implementation of the new ideas these members of staff would gain from participation in the project would have a huge impact on the learning experiences of the children and make numerous valuable contributions to their Broad General Education, including increased Global Citizenship, enhanced use of ICT and meaningful opportunities to use the target language.
Participation in the LFEE course would also provide opportunities for the school to forge links with other schools in France which would be a hugely valuable cultural experience for the children and allow real practice of French vocabulary and phrases that they had learned in the classroom. This would further encourage use of ICT, where children could use e-mail to form pen-pal friendships with children in schools in France. The school would also be able to raise awareness of the importance of language learning and our links with other European countries amongst parents and other stakeholders in the school.
Staff would be encouraged to keep logbooks throughout the training experiences, collate materials and resources, participate in professional dialogue and participate in recall activities where they would be given opportunities to reflect on changes in their practice as a result of completing the course.
The school's plans for Language learning are clear and are guided by the West Dunbartonshire Council's timetable for implementation. Our vision is one where modern languages are embedded into daily routines throughout the school, all members of staff, from teaching to ancillary, are involved in implementation and where children have a greater understanding of the cultural differences/similarities between Scotland and France. Staff participation in the LFEE immersion courses will go a long way to helping us achieve this vision, as improved staff confidence, sharing of ideas and methodologies and a greater understanding of everyday life in France will have a massive impact on our learners' experiences. Increased confidence, understanding and skills in French will be transferred to our children and this would ensure that our vision is achievable for all stakeholders.
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