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

1. Context/background of project.The Scottish Government has set out a strategy for education that sees foreign language learning as a crucial part of preparing young people for the future in a global society. It is clear, therefore, that realising such an initiative requires high quality training and development of teachers and all staff involved in educating young people. The mobility project being applied for in this case will deliver this high quality training and enable Spanish to become more widely taught at Kinross High School and within its feeder primary schools. 2. Objectives of the project.The key objectives of the project are:i) To improve the participants' competence and performance in Spanish at all levelsii) To build upon the participant's experience and expertise in the teaching and learning of Spanish across the age and ability rangeiii) To gain new ideas and stimulating and current teaching materials which can be used in the classroom iv) To develop expertise in using ICT, songs, music, media and other authentic resources in the teaching of Spanishv) To develop cultural awareness and a deeper understanding of contemporary Spain and learn about the education system in particularvi) To share ideas and good practice with other teachers from Scotland, the UK and other European countries.3. Number and profile of participants.There is one participant applying for this course. The participant is a very experienced teacher of Modern Languages with a degree in French/ Russian (1991) and a more recently acquired Graduate Diploma in Spanish (2014). The participant continually engages in all aspects of Professional Development through inservice training events in school, within the cluster schools and other national training events. The participant continues to develop her own skills and competencies in Spanish independently at home as well as undertaking one-to-one Spanish oral classes outwith school on a fortnightly basis in order to continually improve oral confidence with spoken Spanish. The participant has significant experience of middle leadership in several schools.4. Activities.During the 3 week immersion course in Spain participants will attend intensive Spanish classes on a daily basis with an emphasis on the spoken language. Participants will be expected to engage in activities based around teaching and learning, creating materials to use in the classroom, ICT and participating in other linguistic tasks. A full programme of cultural excursions is provided including evening trips out to Spanish restaurants , cinema or theatre. All activities are designed to maximise opportunities for listening to and speaking Spanish.5. Methodology.A record will be kept of all activities undertaken throughout the project. On return to school a timetable for monitoring and evaluation will be drawn up and integrated into the existing Departmental Improvement Plan and the Whole School Improvement Plan. The participant along with the Principal Teacher (ML) and SMT will be responsible for undertaking and recording the impact of all relevant activities associated with this.6. Results and impact.The results of the project will impact the following groups as follows:-PERSONAL A gain in confidence to teach Spanish within the classroom. The ability to teach all age ranges and abilities.-PUPILS Increased motivation of pupils and continued improvements in learning outcomes for pupils in Spanish.-MODERN LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT The sharing of new ideas, methodologies and resources with colleagues.-KINROSS HIGH SCHOOL developing European dimension of curriculum across the school via E-twinning and/or partner school link for creating interdisciplinary projects, email links, teacher exchanges , work experience abroad etc.-PRIMARY SCHOOLS sharing knowledge and expertise gained with primary colleagues to help support and deliver Spanish at primary level.PARENTS AND WIDER COMMUNITY sharing the project outcomes via school website, community newsletter, parent information evening and the business community.-PERTH AND KINROSS COUNCIL sharing information from the project with other colleagues in cluster schools and through modern languages inservice events.7. Potential longer term benefits. - More highly skilled and knowledgeable staff not just in Modern Languages. -Wider numbers and groups of pupils access Spanish and achieve to a higher level.-European dimension more widely embedded in the school culture.-Greater European awareness of impact of languages in the local community, especially with businesses.-Kinross High School recognised as a source of expertise and good practice by Perth and Kinross Council and nationally.
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