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New Languages for OLSC
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

As a new department in terms of teaching staff and curriculum design we have a unique opportunity to develop a department from scratch, and we have a number of challenges to be addressed. Such challenges include: acute pupil disengagement with language learning and lack of pupil intercultural understanding; lack of international links and access to a regularly updated bank of authentic resources and materials; and a shortfall of staff with the sufficient linguistic competencies to deliver KS4 French and German and KS5 Spanish. In spite of this, we are committed to developing innovative and creative solutions to our various challenges. We see the Erasmus+ scheme as an opportunity to deliver lasting and meaningful improvements to the provision of languages at our school and help us to achieve our vision of raising the profile of languages across the school and within the local community. We have identified 4 objectives that we will be working towards achieving in our departmental development plan. These are: 1. Change the attitude and behaviour towards language learning within the school and wider community by raising the profile of languages. 2. Develop deeper cross-curricular links within school. 3. Improve teaching and learning. 4. Increase the provision of languages offered. We plan to meet our stated needs through involving a large number of staff in this project that will last for two years. As part of this project we intend to send 10 teachers to take part in structured training courses in Spain and France (4 to Spain, 4 to France and 2 to Germany). As a new department, we are in an excellent position to be able to develop a really strong approach to teaching and learning that will last for many years and will impact on many children. We are keen to involve as many of our staff as possible so that we are all fully committed to establishing an outstanding languages department. The impact on our school will include increased motivation and engagement with language learning and culture, and broader horizons for pupils in our school. There will be a more positive attitude towards languages and intercultural understanding in school, and among parents and the local community. Teaching and learning will be improved and there will be a more positive learning atmosphere in MFL which will stimulate creativity and exploration. The impact on other departments will be an increase in the European dimension and a more international outlook. There will also be further cross curricular links developed. We will develop our links abroad and with our partner primary schools. We will develop our new school Virtual Learning Environment to create secure ways of setting up links to international schools and to establish an international element of the Sports Leadership Programme in the school. We will increase our use of authentic materials and develop of a Foreign Language library. The impact of this project will be felt beyond our own school. We will involve other local schools including our partner primary schools in the activities resulting from these visits. We will offer them support and encouragement and invite them to observe the results of our project. We also hope to have an impact on parents and our community as a whole, giving them a more positive outlook about languages and internationalism.
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