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Language learning and teaching at St Mary's Primary School
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

We value and promote the teaching of Modern Languages at St Mary's Primary School. As guidance from the Scottish Government and West Lothian Council is now changing with the 1+2 Approach to Language Teaching, we are aware that we need to update our methodology to move towards a whole-school approach to language teaching. This approach will mean that language teaching is embedded in every class rather and delivered by the class teacher rather than 1 session per week. In training staff from the infant and middle stages we hope to ensure consistency throughout the school. By training 2 members of staff in language and methodology of language teaching we are confident that we will be able to embed the target language into the school – French from Nursery upwards and Spanish from P5 upwards. This training and the teaching of language is a key part of our school development plan for 2015-16 and is also a key part of our cluster development plan. The impact of the training will be fully evaluated by all staff on a quarterly basis. We hope that this training opportunity will enable us to implement the 1+2 Approach to Language teaching to the highest possible standards. We look forward to empowering our pupils to communicate with pupils in the UK and abroad as a result of this training both in English and in the target language. We aim for our pupils to talk, listen, read and write with confidence in the target language and to be confident citizens of Europe.
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