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

The purpose of the project is to enhance the provision of French language training in school as part of the Scottish Government policy 1 + 2 for language. This is part of a sustained approach to the development of languages as advocated by Glasgow City Council. We propose to send four members of staff (from a variety of stages) to an LFEE French immersion course in order to improve classroom methodologies in the teaching of French making excellent use of ICT. This will also help to embed a European dimension into our school's curriculum. Our school is striving to become a model of excellence in terms of modern languages provision. The project will provide staff with training, expertise, resources and increased confidence to deliver enhanced French language lessons from primary one to primary seven. It has been acknowledged that the introduction of modern languages at an early age is beneficial to the knowledge and understanding of a child's mother tongue, as well as providing a useful future work skill. The project will also promote increased cultural awareness and understanding of another European country. It will extend our international activities, to include partnership work with other European schools. The potential for networking with other European colleagues and establishments will be provided through the immersion training. Currently, our primary seven pupils are given the opportunity to visit Paris on an annual basis. This is being extended to include primary six children from next year. This is a valuable starting point from which we hope to build. This project can be viewed as a stepping stone towards a longer term vision. When French has become fully embedded in our curriculum, we propose to introduce another modern language in a similar manner. At the moment we have a member of staff studying Gaelic at Glasgow Gaelic School, and she has started teaching this second language at the primary three stage. It is essential that we continue to build on the current expertise and good practice within our establishment. We are confident that this project will have a positive impact on pupils, staff, families and the wider community.

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