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Moving language forward at Broomwood Primary School
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Broomwood Primary School is a growing school that serves a pocket of deprivation in an area of prosperity. The school has identified a need to improve the provision of language and intercultural learning at the school. In the UK, provision of language learning is now compulsory at a primary school level, and that, linked with a growing need to teach areas of respect and diversity have led the school to focus on improving these provisions. The overall objectives of the project is to improve the confidence, engagement and attainment of French language and cultural learning at the school. To achieve these goals the school wishes to send, over the course of 2 years, 3 teachers to take part in a French language and cultural immersion course in Carcassonne, France. The participants will be teachers at the school who have applied and successfully explained why they feel that the course will have a positive impact upon their teaching of French and the learning of the children in their class and the school overall. The course has three main areas. Firstly, participants will be provided with high quality language lessons delivered by native speakers, who are experience in teaching French as a foreign language. Secondly, participants will be taught about new ways of teaching French to the children. These sessions will show how to cater for all learning styles to ensure age-appropriate, quality teaching of listening, speaking, reading and writing. They will also learn other skills such as how to incorporate language and cultural learning into other subjects. The final area is the cultural aspect. This part will develop participants' confidence and knowledge of Intercultural Understanding. To do this the course has a range of carefully selected activities and visits which will encourage participants to learn about the region and practice the language they have been learning with local people in real-life situations. Participants will be given learning goals to help achieve the overall goals of the project. The main focus of achieving the goals is through the cascade of learning applied through training opportunities and staff meetings. Participants will be charged with passing on the skills, ideas and resources they have gained on the course to other members of staff in the school as well as other schools in our local cluster. Participants will also make sure that the new skills will be enacted and applied to their French lessons and planning. The school envisages that over the course of the 2 year project there will be an increase in the confidence and engagement levels in language learning of the participants and their classes. The school also envisages that there will be some increase in attainment in French, especially in the intercultural aspects of learning. Finally, the school expects that there will be an increase in the overall 'buzz' around French language and cultural understanding in the school. The potential long term benefits of the courses will be greater engagement and enjoyment in French learning across the school, higher levels of attainment among teachers and children especially in writing and increased confidence in the planning and delivery of French.

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