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Modern Languages Training
Start date: 01 Jun 2016, End date: 31 May 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Scotland is on a mission to make modern languages a key part of every primary pupil's daily life in school by the year 2020. Aberdeenshire is implementing this mission as of the new August 2016 school year, and Markethill School, as one of the biggest schools in Aberdeenshire, has a significant role to play in this.Challenges in terms of competencies, confidence, methodology, and more, all have to be solved by then -- and quickly, given that this will involve all teachers at our school as well as across Aberdeenshire. This is where the LFEE immersion course will be incredibly useful and beneficial to us as a school. Set in Lyon, France, this course will help to improve methodological and pedagogical expertise in the teaching of French to primary school children, provide our participants with materials and ideas suitable for the teaching of French at primary level, develop a greater cultural awareness and understanding of contemporary France, and improve our participants' competence and performance in French as well as the use of the internet and other ICT resources in classes to teach French, all meanwhile getting to live and experience the French language and the cultural side of France.Our participants are our modern languages ambassador as well as our two members of our senior management, and as keen promoters of modern languages and the European context in teaching, combined with the leadership opportunities from the senior management, this sets the stage perfectly for gaining the most out of this course -- as well as then being able to give the most back upon the return to our school as well as other schools.Local benefits to the school will include a point of contact for 1+2 language learning in French, a shared pool of new resources and ideas for all teachers to access, opportunities for professional dialogue and discussion, opportunities for a greater European dimension in terms of citizenship and social studies for the pupils as well as European cooperation with other schools, and training opportunities run and arranged by our participants to the school and wider community.With constant evaluation, monitoring, and improvement, this will thus help with a successful implementation of the 1+2 programme -- both at our school and beyond.
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