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Sustaining improvement in CLIL Methodology through Using ICT and language immersion training
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This project is designed to consolidate the significant progress that Holy Cross has made in introducing primary languages into our school in the past 3 years. The staff have embraced teaching a second language into their daily practice, and actively measure its success through the pupil`s participation and increased self esteem. The objective for this project is to further develop the linguistic skills and competences of the teaching staff at our school so that the newly adopted CLIL methodology can have maximum effect on the children's learning experiences. The Principal leads the project and has successfully disseminated his knowledge and vision to colleagues within the school and they are now ready to participate in their own languages courses abroad with his guidance and support. The target languages are Spanish and German and the CLIL methodology with support from ICT skills is presents an exciting challenge to this part of the UK. We shall have 6 participants directly involved with the training but the implementation and responsibility will be shared by the whole school. The activities range from initial project management training in Finland to study best practice in leading and managing staff in schools, which will be undertaken by the Principal. The second activity will focus on CLIL methodology on a whole school basis, and how to embed this into our school practice. The third and fourth activities involve specific language and cultural awareness training in Spanish and finally German. This training has been left until year two to allow the participants to engage in some language activity in their own time to prepare for the immersion training abroad. The methodology in carrying out the project will be ongoing commitment and promotion of CLIL as an approach to ensuring that more of our pupils develop the language skills many of them will require to live and work as members of a larger multilingual European society. Our teachers and parents will reflect on the impact that the project has had through the increased proficiency in spoken Spanish and German among the children at our school. Pupils will be positively choosing languages as exam subjects in their secondary schools or simply for recreational purposes. This project will ultimately facilitate more primary age pupils choosing languages to study and therefore help breakdown the barriers that monolingualism often create in UK society.

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