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Read en France
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Read St. John's is a smaller than average primary school in the North West of England. The introduction of legislation to teach a foreign language from September 2014 has highlighted a need for us to provide staff training so our teachers have the skills and knowledge to provide quality learning for our children. Our staff have basic French and no experience of teaching a foreign language. We have chosen to run a 2 year Erasmus+ project aimed at giving our teachers the opportunity to take part in language and methodology immersion courses in France. Our project objectives are: - improve staff linguistic competences and develop their confidence - increase the range of teaching ideas to inform classroom planning - raise cultural understanding at both individual and school-wide level During the 2 years our project, 6 staff will take part in 8-day structured training courses. We will be visiting a French school as part of the immersion and we hope to build a lasting partnership with the staff and children we meet. We expect participants will return with new skills, knowledge and confidence which they will pass on to other colleagues and children in the school. Our aim in the short term, is that staff are able to confidently teach their own language lessons and use their growing awareness of French culture to make links to other areas of the curriculum. Longer term benefits will be that our staff, inspired by their French experience, continue to develop their linguistic skills and grow in confidence and competence so the children of Read St John are able to transfer to high school achieving or exceeding the levels expected by the new National Curriculum.
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