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

Two teachers from our school (Lasswade Primary School) volunteered to attend the immersion course training to develop our French spoken language but also to develop an understanding of French culture. Our overall aim is to embed the French language and culture in our school with staff being confident in their own abilities. In turn, we will then be able to meet the new 1plus2 Government initiative.The course activities will include learning the target language with native speakers, developing a greater cultural awareness, developing new methods of teaching languages, and discovering ways to engage learners through the use of ICT. The courses offer valuable training in the teaching of European languages to young learners via observations and tutorials. The languages selected will be French as this is the L2 language chosen by Midlothian, in line with the 1+2 Languages recommendations from the Scottish Government. This will have an impact on the school plans and at a local and national level.The anticipated outcomes resulting from this project are an increase in language capacity, staff confidence in teaching French and an improvement in the language learning experience of our pupils, earlier accessibility of language learning (P1), increased use of ICT to support linguistic development. Through our first hand experiences of French culture we hope to pass on our enthusiasm to our learners and open their eyes to the possibilities available across Europe.The ultimate goal in the longer term will be to raise attainment in languages, increase the uptake of languages at secondary school and ensure the young people of Midlothian are given every opportunity to broaden their horizons for life and employment opportunities across Europe and the world.
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