Innellan Primary School has been providing opportunities for family learning through an after-school French club. Gina Nitschke, a teacher at the school, runs this club with the assistance of her daughter, Lucy, who is studying French. This popular club is attended by pupils, siblings, parents and grand-parents. In fact, the club has proved so popular that it has sparked national interest and you can read more in an article published in the latest edition of the SCILT Newsletter
Pupils at St. Andrew’s Primary School using BSL
BSL at Apple Tree Nursery
The links above show children at St. Andrew’s Primary School and Apple Tree Nursery developing their language skills through BSL. Liam Dunnachie, a local resident, has kindly volunteered to help develop BSL skills on the island.
Dunoon Grammar School celebrated Languages Week Scotland by creating a video of pupils and staff sharing their favourite words every day of the week. Click on the links below to see each day.
As part of Languages Week Scotland, the Pupils of P5-7 at Dalmally Primary School created a word cloud of their favourite words in different languages including French, Gaelic, Spanish, Croatian and Japanese.
During Languages Week Scotland use the hashtag #ScotlandLovesLanguages to share your favourite word in any language.
My favourite French word is pamplemousse In Gaelic it is damhan-allaidh
I just love the sound of those words! What’s yours? Also find out your pupils’ favourite words and share with the nation.
During Languages week you could find out how many languages are spoken in your school community and celebrate this. For example, make a poster representing all the languages spoken by pupils and their families.
Why not use technology in languages- For example, try out Duolingo for schools in your class.
Learn a song in another language
Most importantly enjoy language learning during this special week and use the hashtag #ScotlandLovesLanguages to share what is happening in your school. Alternatively, send anything you would like to be shared to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you think you could sing or rap in French? Do you have the skills to make a video clip for your song? If so, this competition is for you!
To find out more about this exciting competition for primary and secondary schools click HERE
The current Argyll & Bute primary school menu is available in French and Gaelic and has been sent to all schools. This is a useful resource to help embed your L2 into classroom routines. Click below for a copy of the menu.
Jackie Mullen, one of the tutors for the national Gaelic Language in the Primary School (GLPS) course, will provide two taster sessions for beginners on Tuesday the 29th October and Tuesday the 5th November, from 4.05-5.30pm. These sessions will provide a fun introduction to simple Gaelic phrases that you can use with your learners in class. You can access the sessions from your classroom using Google Meet. If you are interested in attending please contact email@example.com
Click Here to find out about all the available French follow-on courses taking place, next term. These courses are suitable for those who consider themselves to be post beginners or have already completed the French beginners course.
GLPS is coming to you
Jan Kersel, one of the tutors for the national GLPS course will provide GLPS training in Inveraray.
2 days beginners’ training- 18th Sept 2019 & 2nd Oct 2019
2 days follow-on training- 15th and 29th January 2020
This is a fantastic opportunity to access GLPS without traveling to Stirling for 18 days training. This training provides an accessible alternative. This condensed version will provide an introduction to Gaelic in the primary. Contact Gwen McCrossan- firstname.lastname@example.org to enrol on this course.
Oban High School- Wednesday 28th August, 1600-1730
Lochgilphead Joint Campus- Thursday 29th August, 1600-1730
Education Scotland will deliver sessions which focus on progression from first to second level in languages with reference to the recently published guidance on the National Improvement Hub: https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/modern-languages-progression-framework This resource brings together all the national documentation practitioners need to plan and deliver language learning. Please contact Gwen McCrossan email@example.com to register for these events.
6 week block of beginners’ and follow-on French training being delivered by a language specialist in your area. Courses starting in August 2019. Click HERE for more details.
Well done to Melody Elizabeth Clark-Want from Port Charlotte Primary School. Melody’s poem was highly recommended in the ‘Other Tongue’ category of this national multi-lingual poetry competition.
For this poem I used Gaelic and English. I used English because it is the first language I ever learned and is what I use to write in all the time and feel most easy writing in. The reason I wrote in Gaelic is because it is one of the the languages people use on the place I live in and love. I also wrote in Gaelic because it was the first language of my grandfather who used to teach me Gaelic, I wrote in Gaelic to thank him for teaching me. Click here to read Melody’s poem. Click here to read the full Anthology.
Click HERE to see Strachur Primary School’s fantastic performance.
Every year, the French Institute of Scotland organises ‘le concours de la francophonie’: a national French drama competition for learners across Scotland. This competition is designed to value creativity in French and allow a large participation of all primary and secondary schools. Learners are invited to film a short piece, dialogue, song, or play in French. The competition is organised in two phases: local authorities choose their local champions and then a national jury selects the winners.
A group of 15 pupils from Kirn Primary School have recently returned from a successful exchange trip to Germany.
Kirn was paired with Hardenberg Gymnasium in Fürth as a result of a long standing exchange programme that’s been in place between the German school and Dunoon Grammar, for more than 30 years.
The exchange was an opportunity to strengthen the link between the two areas, and the Kirn youngsters were partnered with German students the same age as them.
Continue reading Kirn pupils help to strengthen German links
To discover the latest edition of the Argyll & Bute 1+2 Languages Newsletter click HERE.
This contains all the most recent updates on resources, training and innovative language projects.