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

The project entails three secondary teachers of Modern Languages (based at Portobello High School) attending the LFEE 3-week Spanish immersion programme in Málaga in July 2015. All three participants are seeking to gain full registration in Spanish with the GTCS by completing the residency requirement. The LFEE course is fully recognised by the GTCS. The three teachers will be training in language and methodology to allow the expansion of language provision in the school in line with the Scottish Government's 1+2 Languages directive. The objectives of the project are meeting the directives of the national policy on languages, developing the European dimension within the school and enhancing the teaching and learning of Modern Languages. Three members of staff are applying for the course and the associated funding (Andrew McCulloch, Tim Tuckley, Claire Robertson). All three staff members have completed at least two years of the Certificate of Continuing Education (Spanish) at the University of Strathclyde. Completing a three week residency in Spain will allow all three staff members to teach Spanish at the school, thus enhancing the school's 1+2 languages provision. In addition, the three members of staff could be involved in training primary teachers in how to deliver Spanish at primary level, thus ensuring that more people benefit from the course (including young learners at the forefront of the new 1+2 approach). The participants will attend intensive lessons in Spanish language and will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture and traditions of the country. They will engage in professional dialogue with course leaders and other participants and will develop new resources to use upon their return. The participants can expect to gain greater confidence and skill in the delivery of the Spanish curriculum. All new resources will be shared with departmental colleagues, the wider school and Local Authority. Pupils will benefit from the experience and resources acquired during this project. After attending the course, the participants will apply for full registration in Spanish with the GTCS. In the long term, the school will benefit from increased links with other European schools and pupils will be able to use ICT to communicate with other young people in schools across Europe.
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