Start date: Jun 1, 2016,
End date: May 31, 2017
In order to meet the 2020 deadline set in the 1+2 policy, Graeme High School is eager to introduce Spanish as a second Modern Language to pupils. This in turn, will allow our teachers to help train primary teachers in our cluster schools and across our authority to develop courses and teach Spanish in primary schools. Teachers from the Modern Languages department in Graeme High School are already training primary teachers from across the authority in implementing L2 (French) into the primary classroom. We have a long term plan in place in which teachers from our school will help implement L3 (Spanish) into the primary classroom however, our teachers require further training in Spanish and indeed primary methodologies in order for this to happen. Natalie has completed her first year of study in Spanish at Strathclyde University and is halfway through her second. As a result, Natalie has helped introduce Spanish to Graeme High School through an elective programme offered to S3-S6 pupils. Natalie's participation in the LFEE 3 week immersion course is crucial to her becoming GTCS registered in Spanish and to her introducing Spanish to pupils across the school. It will also help to improve her fluency in the language to be used both in and out of the classroom, increase her cultural awareness and provide her with new and innovative teaching methodologies. Our vision, is to make French and Spanish accessible to all pupils in our school and indeed our cluster primary schools. In terms of the impact in Graeme High School, the immersion course will allow our Modern Languages department to work together on creating and developing courses to introduce Spanish within a Broad General Education. With regards the Senior Phase, attending the immersion course will afford Natalie the opportunity to teach SQA certificated courses. With Spanish introduced into the school, the profile of the languages department will be raised and pupils' cultural awareness increased. Natalie and her Modern Languages colleagues will also be able to liaise with their primary counterparts on developing a course which sees Spanish introduced from Primary 5 onwards.Most importantly, Natalie's attendance on the course will allow pupils in Graeme High School to have personalisation and choice in terms of their own language learning. It will allow pupils to use their transferable language skills and develop a deeper and more profound understanding of both English and Modern Foreign Languages.Furthermore, once Spanish is launched in Graeme High School and our cluster primaries, we would look to initiating links through eTwinning with a Spanish-speaking school.
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