Introduction of L3 - Spanish Language Training
Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2016
In line with the Scottish Government's 1+2 Languages policy Graeme High is keen to introduce Spanish as Language 3 and also to train teachers in cluster primaries to afford them the opportunity to introduce Spanish as L3 from P5 .
While training for the implementation of L2 is now underway, planning and training for the introduction of L3 in both primary and secondary has required a long term plan to train secondary language teachers in Spanish and develop expertise in primary language learning methodology. The participant, Laura McEwan has completed a 3 year qualification in Spanish at the University of Strathclyde. This has allowed Graeme High to introduce Spanish as an elective in S3-6.The participant has also been working part of the week on the development and introduction of the Scottish Government's 1+2 policy across the Falkirk authority.
The mobility activity which has been selected is the LFEE 3 week immersion course in Spain as this will allow the participant to improve her fluency in Spanish, enhance her discursive skills in Spanish and methodological expertise in the teaching of Spanish in the target language to secondary school pupils. It will also develop the participant's cultural awareness and understanding of contemporary Spain and further develop her methodology in primary language learning. This course will also allow the participant to meet the standard GTCS residency in a foreign language in order to become fully registered in Spanish.
The envisaged impact for Graeme High school will be improved learning and teaching in languages: development of secondary courses to introduce Spanish within Broad General Education; development of teaching programmes for SQA certificated courses in the senior Phase and development and delivery of primary language learning programmes in Spanish.
The potential long term benefits include the transfer of skills within secondary modern language department to cluster primary colleagues; raised awareness of the importance of languages and Europe within Graeme High ,the primary cluster and parents ; an increasing number of primary teachers trained to deliver Spanish both in cluster primaries and across Falkirk council and greater European Dimension with the potential engagement with a Spanish speaking schools through E-twinning.
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