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Linlithgow Primary School Lead Learners in Language Training and Learning
Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Linlithgow Primary School is committed to the new national 1 + 2 policy so it was agreed that three staff members take part in this Immersion training in order to ensure that all pupils receive high quality teaching and learning of French and that all staff members are supported in the delivery and the embedding of French in their classrooms.The three participants come from the three different levels of Curriculum for Excellence: early, first and second. All three participants have a keen interest in French both personally and professionally, possess a good knowledge of the French language and regularly attend French training courses. They are keen to further upskill their knowledge of the French language and the French culture.The one week French language Immersion Course run by LFEE will enable the participants to:* improve methodological expertise in the teaching of French to 426 pupils and 30 nursery children.* access new materials and ideas suitable for the teaching of French at primary level.* develop cultural awareness and understanding of contemporary France.* improve their competence, performance and confidence in French* enhance their use the Internet and other ICT resources when delivering French language lessons.The Immersion Course will also enable the three staff participants to:* support 40 members of staff to embed French within the classroom and throughout the school.* share their new expertise and thereby improve the learning and teaching of French throughout the school. * further develop a European dimension within our school and wider community.* expand and update the school's French language resources.* feedback to 10 Lead Learners within the cluster who will report back to 7 different Primary Schools and our catchment Secondary School.On return the participants will liaise with management to organise opportunities to provide staff training in French language which will then address the issue of staff language competency and confidence. The participants will also share the innovative and current teaching ideas and resources gained from the LFEE course with teaching colleagues which will enable them to develop their skills and confidence in the teaching of French. Through increasing and updating the participants knowledge of French vocabulary and culture, the school will be in a better position to reflect on the current cultural events that the LPS organises and so expand, improve and bring them up-to-date. This will benefit pupils, staff, parents and the wider community by providing them with more relevant and current opportunities to learn about the European community.LPS are currently implementing a plan that will ensure full 1 + 2 integration from Nursery to P7 by 2020 and this will be better facilitated by the cascading of the newly acquired methodological expertise from the LFEE course. This strategic plan has been shared through Network Cluster 1 +2 meetings with the other Lead Learners within the local authority who will also benefit from the participants experience. To inform and encourage parents and carers of the increased focus on the teaching and learning of Modern Languages, the Lead Learners are keen to develop an information leaflet that will explain the rationale and strategies the school is employing in the teaching of Modern Languages. Further the European mobility will enthuse and motivate the participants who are keen to develop regular updates on our newly-introduced school blog. Finally, the LFEE course will enable the staff participants to develop new ideas and events to continue to encourage European cultural awareness amongst staff, pupils and parents.

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