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

Miss Higgins is applying for the immersion course in Malaga in order to gain residency in Spanish. She has been selected by the school because she meets the requirements set as well as the skills and qualities necessary to be successful. She is an enthusiastic and valued member of staff who continues to demonstrate a commitment to life long learning. She takes every opportunity to reflect on her practice and liaise effectively with colleagues and partners to better the life chances of our pupils. The course will allow the Modern Languages department to continue to teach Spanish in St Roch's secondary ensuring that the the school is implementing the Scottish policy on language learning. Learners will be learning two languages in the Broad General Education and will have the opportunity to continue learning French and Spanish in the Senior phase. As a school, we will also be able to better liaise with our primary colleagues and support them in the introduction of Spanish from primary 5. Attendance to the course will have positive impact on language learning in the school and in the community. It will allow pupils in the school to experience learning Spanish through exciting and innovative strategies with lessons focusing on relevant and up to date topics. Miss Higgins will be keeping a log of strategies and resources to share with staff on her return. Teachers will be taking part in professional dialogue and sharing good practice activities to widen our pupils' experiences and to ensure that all staff benefit from the learning achieved during the course. Consistency is key in teaching languages and the Modern Languages Department has a strong Quality Assurance policy in place to ensure that the high standards set are being met across the board, by pupils and staff. The course will also facilitate finding a partner school in Malaga to develop European Education in the school and encourage the use of ICT to communicate and learn with schools outside the UK. The school is keen to get pupils involve in European projects as it provides them with the skills and experiences needed to become responsible citizens and effective contributors.
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