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Language Training
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Background In anticipation of reaching the Scottish Government's policy of 1+2 embedded modern languages in primary school by 2020, 2 teachers have already participated in long-term professional learning provided by LFEE. One of these teachers has committed to further develop their modern languages methodology to enhance their skills and provide our school with a lead member of staff as we progress to 2020. Objectives By attending the immersion training in Lyon in October 2015 Annabel expects to gain a rigorous and engaging pedagogy for daily classroom use of French, enhanced understanding of French culture and life, the opportunity to engage in professional dialogue with colleagues and tutors, access to high-quality modern resources for languages, and to make links with european and national partners. Number and profile of participants One class teacher - Annabel Rodger - is applying to attend the immersion training. Annabel has been teaching in primary for four years and has a previous higher qualification in French and a keen interest in modern languages. Description of Activities Attendance on a week-long intensive immersion training in Lyon, France from 10-17 October 2015 to be run by LFEE. Instruction to include teaching methodology, professional perspectives on contemporary primary language learning, a trip to a local primary school, sharing practice and resources and French culture and contemporary life. Methodology Intensive language instruction to be delivered in French. We see e-twinning as an important part of our approach to the new whole-school language learning and hope to provide children with real-life contexts for language learning to engage and motive all our learners. Results and impact envisaged Our school is committed to a successful introduction of 1+2 and has already adopted this into our whole school planning to 2018. By attending this training Annabel will be up-skilled to become an in-house mentor, support, source of professional advice and a confident and highly-trained teacher in modern languages. Access to this training and resources will give all our staff and pupils the best educational experience possible in French language and this will have a fantastic positive impact on our introduction of 1+2 languages within our school. Potential Longer term benefits We see 1+2 as one of the most meaningful impacts on the Scottish primary curriculum and we are keen to see this flourish within our school. By engaging with the immersion training in 2015 we are clearly setting out on a well supported, resourced and trained path for our teaching staff to deliver the best modern languages education to our pupils.
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