Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2017
The Academie Nancy-Metz in France and Dumfries and Galloway Council in Scotland established a link two years ago which saw teachers from France come to Scotland in November 2013 to participate in a job shadowing project with Scottish teachers. Scottish teachers then went to France in February 2014. This proposed project is the second round of job shadowing. The main participants will be the two class teachers whose classes have already been communicating with each other prior to the job shadowing. Both teachers have been selected due to having an interest in language teaching and having a desire to improve their knowledge and understanding of the language and the culture of another European country.
French has been taught to upper primary pupils at the school since 1997 but now, following the Scottish Government's policy, Language Learning in Scotland: A 1 + 2 Approach, all pupils in the school will be learning French from P1. By 2020 another language will be introduced to pupils from P5. The need for training of all teaching staff and the need for a French programme of study from P1-7 has been highlighted on the School Improvement Plan. Participation in the proposed activities would help to develop staff confidence, it would help to identify key resources and it would provide a real life context for learning. Through partnership working as a result of this project, both schools will share good practice in terms of teaching pedagogy, learning and teaching approaches, research information and learning and teaching resources.
The proposed activities will have a positive impact on the participants' confidence to deliver a more varied and motivating French/English programme to Primary school pupils. It will build upon previous knowledge and training and will extend existing skills. The training will provide first hand experience of another culture which will enhance participants' cultural development and that of the pupils. It will provide insights into another education system from which good practice can be shared. The training will help with the implementation of the Modern Languages Experiences and Outcomes as outlined within Curriculum for Excellence documentation. The pupils will be further encouraged to act as responsible citizens within an international context when communicating with their French counterparts. Whilst communicating with their French peers and listening to the participant's experience in France, it will inspire the pupils to think about their own place within the wider world and of their role as global citizens.
Participation in the project will undoubtedly contribute to participants' professional and personal development. When considering the Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning participation in the project will contribute to participants' professional knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes.
Following the period of job shadowing, communication between the schools will continue to evolve and it is hoped that other job shadowing opportunities will arise for other teachers in both schools.
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