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Language Training
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Participation in immersion courses would be of great benefit to our school and the wider community. It would allow our participant to become more knowledgeable and confident in the delivery of modern languages to pupils and she would then be better equipped to take leadership of the implementation of the 1+2 modern languages policy, helping the school to meet these requirements in line with the new national curriculum. We would envisage languages becoming fully embedded in our school and participation in these courses would ease that process. It would help us to make links with European schools, increasing the European awareness of our staff and pupils. Pupils would be able to use ICT to improve their language learning and to communicate with other schools in the UK and abroad. The participant we have selected has a keen interest in modern languages, holding a BA in French and Italian from Strathclyde University. She is a committed member of staff who currently teaches French within the school , is training to teach Spanish and is keen to play an integral part in the implementation of the new language requirements within the school. The demands of introducing the new policy have led us to apply for this project and we envisage it being of great benefit. We would hope that it would bring to our school - increased awareness and enjoyment of modern languages in both staff and pupils, an awareness and understanding of Europe and its relevance to our pupils' lives, a thirst to learn languages and an appreciation of their importance in the world in many different ways and a new bank of resources and methodologies that would improve the teaching and learning of languages in the school. The participant would be involved in a variety of activities while on the course eg. classes where new ideas, strategies and resources would be introduced in a practical and interactive way, cultural activities increasing awareness of life in a different country, a visit to a local school, allowing the participant the opportunity to take on teaching ideas from another culture and giving them an invaluable experience to share with pupils back in our own school, this could also lead to links being forged between schools to the benefit of staff and pupils from both countries and links may also be made through staff from other schools being met through the course. Use of ICT in the teaching of modern language s would also be explored on the course. We would hope that participation in the course would have an immediate and long term impact on our school and community. we would envisage that the experience would allow the participant to immediately begin to implement new ideas with the pupils in our school. This would be extended to the sharing of good practice with colleagues in school and could be extended to sharing the experiences and ideas with colleagues from our cluster schools. Parents and the wider community could also become involved through special events and promotion of what is being achieved through such things as social media, newsletters and the local press. In the long term, we would see this experience playing a vital part in the full implementation of the 1+2 Languages policy and we would hope that as this is put in place our pupils would start to reap the benefits. We hope to foster in our pupils an understanding of what it means to be a European and Global citizen, an understanding of the importance of languages to communicate in a variety of settings in the modern world and a love of languages that encourages them to continue learning throughout their education and beyond it. We would like to think that it would help to produce confident and responsible adults, aware of and interested in the world beyond their own surroundings and able to communicate effectively in a variety of settings. We would also hope that through the work of the school and the experiences of the children, their families and the wider community would develop a greater understanding of the benefits of language learning. It is said that there is no better way to learn a language than to be completely immersed in it and we would hope that participation in these courses would reap great benefits for the participant and for many young people. Thank you for the time and consideration you give our application.
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