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Spanish Language Project
Start date: 25 Jul 2016, End date: 24 Jul 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project has been designed for a French and Spanish teacher at Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys where French and Spanish remain popular subjects and many students study two languages at GCSE. Some study two languages at A-level. It is mandatory that students study at least one at GCSE level. The first objective of the project is that the participant raises the level of her Spanish skills so that she would have the capacity to teach Spanish to A-level students. The nine members of the MFL department at the school all strive to ensure students achieve their potential and this project's second objective is to extensively contribute to raising the profile of Spanish and other languages, and to impart cultural knowledge to students. Upon completing the course, the teacher would share the experience with students: this would enable them to gain an understanding and appreciation of the benefits that learning a language both in the UK and abroad can bring. Lastly, this project aims to develop links with European teachers and share teaching practices.The activities undertaken during the course would include group classes, individual classes and cultural activities organised by the language school. Whilst carrying out the course, the teacher would form links with other European schools and share teaching practices and learning strategies through meeting teachers attending the same course. This would have long term benefits for the school and its students and increase opportunities for students to gain experiences abroad.The project would involve evaluation stages before, during and after completion of the course. Expectations of the course's outcomes would be established prior to departing and misconceptions that may arise would be addressed during the course. This teacher would expect to make progress in all levels of her Spanish, and build on skills she has acquired over the years. Self-assessment would play a key role in assessing language proficiency and progress. The language school would also assist in monitoring the participant's progress. Upon completion of the course, progress that had been made would be measured through written and speaking tests.The results of the progress that the teacher had made would be gathered using data from language tests and self evaluation forms. In order to gain information on Spanish culture, interviews with native Spanish teachers would be recorded in the target language, which could be imparted and played to students. Interviews with teachers from other European countries would also be made in order to gain insight into other teaching and learning strategies: these would be shared with other members of the department. The impact of these results would serve to raise the attainment of French and Spanish in the MFL department, impart cultural knowledge to students and assist the department and the wider school in implementing different different teaching and learning strategies. The participant intends to share experiences and impart knowledge through discussing and sharing teaching approaches and learning strategies with her colleagues. Since links with European schools would be made, the longer term benefits of this project would be enhanced through collaborating with other European teachers in order to promote language learning and share practices. In addition to this, oppportunities to study abroad may ultimately be offered to students.
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