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LFEE Immersion Course
Start date: 01 Jun 2016, End date: 31 May 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Six teachers will engage in the training of language and methodology to embed the target languages of French and Spanish into our school. Connecting pupils through ICT so they can communicate with pupils in other countries, as a result of the relationships formed between teachers through the LFEE immersion week in France/Spain. Initiate the use of etwinning in first and second classes to create a bond and personal connection and to form relationships through the medium of language. Sharing of resources and training gained on the LFEE mobility course with our colleagues to encourage greater emphasis on the introduction of a foreign European language within the classroom through inservice and intranet Aladdin system.Coffee mornings, Multicultural week activities and newsletter communication with parents to share ideas, methods, tips and information on the learning of languages and strengthening of cultural understanding.Modernizing our whole school approach to social, linguistic and cultural diversity and encouraging staff to avail of this programme to further strengthen competence and enhancing professional skills.In Scoil Nano Nagle, we aim to promote interculturalism and a multi-lingual environment in the school. We have pupils from over 20 different countries which we acknowledge and celebrate. As we are a disadvantaged school, DEIS Band 1, the focus is very much on improving Literacy and Numeracy levels. On completion of this course, we would hope to develop resources and up-skill parents in ways they can help their children at home particularly in the area of language learning. After an intensive week both in France and Spain, we would have greater confidence in our own language levels and this would help in communicating with our French and Spanish speaking parents and children. At times, racial discrimination and other cultural differences can create tension within the school community and indeed in the locality. By providing opportunities for the children to develop their linguistic competence and develop a cultural understanding, this will have a positive effect on the integration of the many different cultures in the community too!Our participation in the course will certainly contribute to giving a European dimension to our institution. We have parents and pupils from all over Europe whose first or second language is French or Spanish. We also have parents and pupils from other French/Spanish speaking countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast and Lebanon, who have taken up residency in a European country such as Ireland. As we have many European families in our school, we strive to give them a feeling of inclusion and to ensure parents and pupils alike feel part of a European Educational System as well as an Irish one.
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