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Language Training
Start date: 01 Jul 2016, End date: 30 Jun 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

In this current session 2015/2016, staff have been teaching French from nursery to primary 7 as part of the Scottish Government 1 + 2 initiative for all primary children to be taught two languages in addition to English and for their introduction to modern languages to begin at an early stage. All staff have received initial training to enable them to become familiar with French resources and introduce some basic French in their classrooms. Staff skills are very varied with some staff having a certain level of French or Spanish and some staff having none. The next step is for us to develop and increase staff language skills so they have a minimum level of competence in speaking French and also to further staff confidence. Our aim is to have a progressive programme in place from nursery to primary 7 so that all children leave primary school with the ability to speak French at Curriculum for Excellence second level.We plan to attend a one week French immersion course organised by LFEE. This would improve teacher confidence and expertise in the teaching of French to young learners. It would provide participants with materials and ideas suitable for the teaching of French at primary level, including using the Internet and other ICT resources in class. It will help to develop cultural awareness and understanding of contemporary France and improve participants' competence and performance in French. We plan for 12 staff to attend the week's immersion course. This would include management, teaching staff and support staff from nursery to primary 7.After completing the immersion course, staff will continue to share ideas and good practice and will be involved in the training of staff who did not attend. We aim for the target language to be embedded within the school as teachers will include French in daily routines and teach several lessons per week. Assemblies, displays and further opportunities for pupils to perform in French will be provided. New resources will be put on a shared drive within school. Further pupil resources will be purchased.
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