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

This project is to support our school meet the National, Tayside , Perth & Kinross , cluster schools and our own school priorities in delivering modern languages as part of the 1 +2 approach. We have begun to teach French as L2 across all of our classes this year supported by the Pan Tayside Language Platform resource. All staff have been enthusiastic and have been accessing a wide range of training and support materials locally but discussions at employee review and development and completion of staff surveys identified a need for further immersion type training to increase the proficiency and confidence of their knowledge of language and pronunciation as well to improve methodological expertise in the teaching of the French language to young learners. Objectives of ProjectI• To improve language competency• To embed languages as part of every day school routines• To open windows of opportunity for promoting global citizenship (part of the national curriculum in Scotland)•To develop links for a partner school in Europe• To improve methodological expertise in the teaching of French language to young learners• To provide participants with materials and ideas suitable for the teaching of French at early,first and second level• To develop cultural awareness and understanding of France, including the Education system • To improve teachers’ competence and performance and pronunciation of the French language • To develop skills in using Internet and other ICT resources in the classroom setting• To provide opportunities to develop links with a partner school in Europe - a particular action point from our parent bodyThe 8 participants are all teachers and include Head Teacher and Principal Teacher. They have been identified as very suitable candidates to attend the French Immersion Course run by LFEE. We wanted to target all levels and abilities and among the 8 participants we have a wide range as follows:Representation of staff currently teaching Early, First and Second Level.All staff participants have undergone Pan Tayside Power Language Platform resource trainingAlmost all have attended follow up sessions focused on knowledge of language, reading, writing, listening and talking, interdisciplinary learning and classroom strategies.2 staff participantshave undergone MLPS training a number of years ago.Three participants have attended 6 evening sessions to develop their knowledge and skill in speaking French.Some applicants have also been supported this term by a volunteer former Teacher with a degree in French who has supported our less confident members by demonstrating/ modeling and team teaching. The LFEE Immersion course would meet these needs and teaching of French in line with our local authority, LMG and school plan as it focuses on teaching methods and communication in French and will give them an opportunity to learn and live the culture of France which will all enrich the learning experience for our pupils on their return.On return the participants will lead language learning throughout the school and will act as mentors to other members of staff and advise on teaching methods and support through team teaching and modeling good practice. They will work alongside the head teacher to create a manageable and realistic strategy as part of the School Improvement Plan and will be responsible for the sourcing and selection of resources throughout the school and sharing practice with parents. They will also be involved in sharing and moderation of practice across our LMG (cluster schools) and where appropriate across our local authority. Continuous monitoring of learning and teaching of languages (French) will be udertaken in a variety of ways including classroom observations, learning rounds, moderation of practice, pupil discussion groups and parent feedback to measure the impact of the project and identify next steps. The longer term benefits will be more relevant and meaningful learning and teaching of modern languages, better connections and increased understanding of other cultures and aspects of citizenship in other countries, children better prepared for the world of work and the profile of the European dimension raised within our community.
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