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Language Immersion Course
Start date: 01 Jun 2016, End date: 31 May 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Whilst this application is for one primary school teacher from Tynewater Primary School to take part in a Spanish language immersion course, our whole staff team are committed to raising attainment in language learning, in line with the Scottish Government’s 1+2 Languages Approach. As a Pilot School in Midlothian we are well on our way to embedding French as our L2 from Primaries 1-7. This has been achievable through staff undertaking language refresher courses, using documents and resources available to us and accepting the support of our Development Officers. Spanish will be our L3 and will be taught from Primaries 4-7. By taking part in this project I will have an increased understanding of the methodology of language learning.The course activities will include learning Spanish vocabulary and grammar with native speakers, gaining greater understanding of Spanish culture, learning about the Spanish education system, developing new methods of teaching languages and using ICT to motivate and assist learners. The activities, resources and materials I receive will be shared with colleagues in my school and across Midlothian.As a result of this project we anticipate an increase in language capacity, improved confidence when teaching Spanish, the acquisition of teaching ideas to provide stimulating and engaging language lessons and ICT being used more fully in language learning. This will allow our learners to access foreign languages more fully and provide scope for links to be made with European schools. In the longer term, we hope to raise attainment in language learning, ignite enthusiasm for learning about other languages and cultures and therefore see an increased uptake of languages at secondary school. We hope that this project will open doors for our learners and allow them to travel freely and confidently within Europe.
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