Start date: Jun 1, 2016,
End date: May 31, 2017
We are applying for funding to support Patricia McGowan and Stacey Healy to attend an immersion course in France provided by Language for Education Europe. Patricia plans to visit Lyon, while Stacey plans to visit Salignac. This immersion course will support Patricia and Stacey in extending their skills and expertise in teaching French to children in Chatelherault Primary School. This is an application for two applicants who have just begun a 12 week course on primary language learning delivered by LFEE. The LFEE immersion course will provided tuition, cultural activities, resources and copious opportunities to develop partnerships and professional connections. Chatelherault Primary School have embraced a 1+2 approach with all teachers becoming familiar with South Lanarkshire Councils "Primary Language Framework" policy . The '1+2 Languages' strategy is being implemented across the whole school, children are introduced to their second language in Nursery and this is continued and progressed upon up until Primary 7. The children are taught a third language, Scots was selected for this session, throughout their time at school. The 1+2 approach is a priority for improvement this year for Chatelherault and a steering group, which Patricia leads, has been set up, Stacey is a member of this group. Patricia McGowan has recruited a number of staff from across all areas of the school to develop the schools language programme. By participating the LFEE immersion course, we hope that Patricia and Stacey can return to school with more knowledge, skills and ideas to lead future whole school developments in French which build upon these projects and help us to achieve our improvement priority, and to embed languages across the school. Currently, our school has no links with European Projects or partnerships with French schools and so it is hoped that by taking part in this project; these important links can be made and the skills needed to maintain them will be created. In line with "Teaching Scotland's Future" (Donaldson Review) the immersion course will help Patricia and Stacey to extend their understanding of modern languages through building links with teachers across Europe which they are looking forward to sharing with their colleagues. As a result there will be a stronger understanding of relevant pedagogy leading to improved learning and teaching. By completing the immersion course, it is hoped that Patricia and Stacey will enhance their language skills in French and learn from native French speakers by visiting a French town and engaging in the target language with the locals and tutors. It is hoped that Patricia and Stacey will learn new teaching methodologies for the delivery of French in the primary school and share good practice with other participants on the course. We hope that Patricia and Stacey return with new resources and ideas to embed French in the every day school routine and that this will, in turn, impact on the national drive to develop responsible, global citizens in Scotland. Importantly, in order to develop meaningful links and partnerships; we hope that this course provides Patricia and Stacey with the opportunity to create partnerships with French schools and teachers. This experience will not only equip Patricia and Stacey with the expertise in which to teach the target language to young learners but will also provide them with resources suitable for primary level. Patricia and Stacey's understanding of contemporary French culture will be widened and this will then be brought back to school and will influence their decision making when planning French events or curricular developments. We hope that this will particularly enhance Patricia and Stacey's knowledge of using ICT to teach and embed French language. This is a very exciting time in education and for Chatelherault Primary School with the introduction of the 1+2 Languages programme and the immersion project will enable Patricia and Stacey to take this forward within the school and the cluster area. Patricia and Stacey are very keen to take this project forward and are very excited for the opportunity to go on the immersion course.
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