Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2016
Highland is the largest and one of the most remote local authorities in Scotland and from August 2015, 1+2 will figure on the improvement plans of all its primary schools. Starting our focus on the delivery of the first additional languages which are either Gaelic or French, we are organising training for all primary practitioners in a three year cycle starting with those working at Early level during next session INSET days while also continuing training for the teachers working at Second level.With 1+2, the delivery of the first additional language (L2) is a little different in that it continues with the discrete lessons, but supplements them by embedding language through routines, songs, games and interdisciplinary learning. This is when spontaneity and knowledge about culture become an absolute must and call for immersion courses.Immersions courses, such as those applied for, do a lot more than fill the gap mentioned above. They nurture global citizenship and give practitioners first-hand experience of the culture of the country which in turn would give their learners a measure of the European and World dimensions. These courses also focus greatly on pedagogy and the country’s education system, a matter all at school relate to, be they teachers or pupils. The use of modern technologies such as the Internet or apps only adds to the relevance of the selection.While some of our 21 applicants have a mere standard grade in French and need to focus on improving their language skills and their knowledge about culture, others are more at ease with the language but need to gain confidence so to be able to take the lead. The immersion activities organised by LFEE Europe encompass all with language learning and a look at pedagogy, professional discussions, culture focus, visits of education venues, where practitioners will be trying out classroom and language activities but also typically local ones, all of which they will take back to their pupils.The need to articulate their learning on their return whether in class or while disseminating during schools or ASG collegiate activities, for a community event or a head teacher conference or area day, will help their learning to materialise further. Their learning would also be shared with the community and staff through local papers and blogs and with the rest of their Highland colleagues through postings on our Highland Primary Languages Newsfeed or resource upload in the immersion folder.On their return teachers will be able to embed the target language in school and help further define their school's improvement plan and modern languages policy. They will follow up on their search for school and /or class partners abroad and as a class they will try out various technologies to communicate with them.Unable to attend workshops and courses which usually take place hours away from Highland, practitioners find themselves lacking in the interaction and the human aspect of language learning and immersion courses seem to be the answer. We have hoping this year’s Erasmus + application to be the first of many, and for practitioners to regularly be given the chance to bring back home a little of continental Europe to share with those remaining behind.
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