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French Language Training
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project will allow our school to have 3 teachers training in language and methodology to embed French into everyday teaching and learning in the school. It will help the school follow the ethos of Curriculum for Excellence, find partners abroad to work closely with to deliver this and allow pupils to use ICT to communicate with other schools in the UK and abroad. The project will improve our competencies by assisting us in acquiring new vocabulary, improving and developing new teaching practices and gaining confidence in our delivery of French. It will enhance understanding, awareness and appreciation of the culture of contemporary France. The immersion training offers opportunities to develop with new teacher training and tools. It will allow us to develop our confidence to establish links with French schools and foster relationships between children from Scotland and France and gain a deeper understanding of similarities and differences in school life and their wider culture. The staff members identified cover all three levels of the Primary Scottish curriculum. We have all demonstrated a keen interest in integrating French into our teaching through participation in the Scottish government 1+2 initiative. The training offers opportunities for us to improve our language competency and enhance our teaching skills to deliver engaging French lessons to primary school age children. This will be achieved through assisting us to: -improve methodological expertise in the teaching of French to primary age learners. -gather resources and ideas suitable for the teaching of young learners. - develop cultural awareness and understanding of contemporary France. -improve our competence and performance in speaking and teaching French -use relevant engaging internet and other ICT resources The course will provide us with a greater confidence and ability to teach French and a greater cultural awareness which can be shared with our learners. It will improve our teaching methodology for languages within the school and embed French on a cross curricular level. This will allow staff to start teaching French as part of the daily routine rather than just one lesson per week. All new resources will be placed in a shared drive/resource bank within the school to aid learning and teaching throughout the school. The activities will raise awareness of the importance of languages and Europe within the school to pupils, staff, parents and other stakeholders. There will be ongoing dissemination activities related to mobility to raise awareness. It is anticipated that new CPD opportunities and training materials will be created within the school and cluster. Social media, local newspapers and open events in school will all be used to promote greater awareness of French language learning in the school. Results of the training will already have been shared with colleagues through CPD activities. These will impact: Locally- on staff, pupils and parents. Regionally - by transfer of skills within cluster groups. Nationally- developing the ability to contribute to national language events European - increasing European links with primary schools.

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