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French & Spanish Language Courses
Start date: 01 Jun 2016, End date: 31 May 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Given the national 1+2 initiative, requiring teaching and learning in primary schools to include two foreign languages, Whinhill Primary has the strategic objective of embedding French and Spanish in its teaching and learning and of exposing its pupils to French and Spanish language and culture in a meaningful and engaging fashion. Within the staff, there are individuals with relevant and necessary experience and skills, however to meet the larger goal of embedding these languages across all teaching and learning at all stages, it is necessary for more staff members to develop skills and confidence in speaking French and Spanish, knowledge of the people and culture of both of these countries and techniques and methods for teaching these languages to pupils in an engaging and innovative manner. The objectives of our project are therefore to expand and consolidate the overall competences of the staff in these areas by organising a mobility experience for five specially selected members of staff to participate in immersion courses in France and Spain, equipping these staff members with the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence to lead on the implementation of teaching and learning in French and Spanish and in the embedding of this in all aspects of school activities for all age groups in the school. This will be achieved in part through the systematic and structured transfer of skills and knowledge between the staff members undertaking the mobility and the rest of the staff at the school upon the return of those participating in the immersion courses. These five members of staff have been chosen in order to ensure sufficient representation of both the infant and senior stages of the school, as well as the need for members of the Senior Management Team to take part directly, gaining first hand experience. All selected staff members already have a degree of fluency in the languages in question (in one case, the staff member has experience of teaching in Spain) or prior experience of such immersion courses in another language. A further key aim of this project is to develop a methodology for measuring the degree of achievement of the objective to embed teaching and learning in French and Spanish. It is expected that, through this project a certain amount of every day teaching and learning in the school will take place in French and Spanish, with activities involving both languages becoming a truly integral part of the experience of attending Whinhill. Links with other schools both in Scotland and in the two countries in question will be established, as well as with business and enterprises.
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