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Teaching and Learning of Spanish Language and Culture (Primary)
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

We will be delivering a primary Spanish curriculum in 2015 for the first time. The staff, therefore, required training in language learning, in creating engaging resources and in delivering comprehensive lessons. They needed to feel confident in delivering a new language. So we identified a course which offered language acquisition as well as guidance in creating suitable teaching resources. We sent two members of teaching staff who were teaching the language. The course encourages the use of a creative teaching approach and includes specific sessions on integrating ICT in language teaching. There are language and methodology-specific classes; cultural sessions and cultural visits with examples of activities to use with pupils and a visit to a primary school for observation of practice and an opportunity to make links for future partnership work. The course aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the target language; increase competence and confidence in using the target language; further develop knowledge and understanding of teaching techniques for specific groups and provide teachers with an array of ready made teaching resources suitable for their pupils; provide an opportunity to share good practice and evaluate own teaching practice and provide an opportunity to work collaboratively in developing their own teaching materials to use in the classroom. Following the course we were able to devise a scheme of work, plan lessons accordingly and create engaging resources. Staff were confident in their own language acquisition and were inspired to deliver a new subject. The children were, therefore, given the opportunity to access a new language. The language delivery will be embedded in the school's curriculum as part of the school's improvement plan. The teaching of Spanish in the primary year groups is a long-term commitment in line with new national guidelines. The outcomes of the project will be shared with staff in the language department as well as other schools in the area who will also be introducing a new language for the first time.
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