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Kilwinning Academy is a mixed six year non-denominational school, serving the needs of all young people in Kilwinning from the ages of 11 to 18 (S1-6). At Kilwinning Academy, learners study French during the broad general education (BGE). However, this session learners in S2 have been given a block of Italian or German lessons in addition to the time they have allocated to learning French, depending upon which language the class teacher can offer. Learners also have the opportunity of choosing Spanish at the end of S2, as part of the electives on offer, which they can continue to study into the senior phase if they wish to do so.
For more information about the school visit the Kilwinning Academy website.
The project gives the young people in S3 a real and engaging context for their learning of French and provides learners with an insight into the world of work. It shows them how the learning of a modern language can enhance their career prospects and develops their skills for learning, life and work.
SCILT and the Modern Languages staff at Kilwinning Academy worked in partnership with The Scottish Football Association, The Scottish Football Museum, North Ayrshire Council, and the University of Strathclyde.
The Scottish Football Association (also known as the SFA and The Scottish FA), or Comann Ball-coise na h-Alba in Scottish Gaelic, is the governing body of football in Scotland and has the ultimate responsibility for the control and development of football in Scotland. It was formed in 1873, making it the second oldest national football association in the world, and it is based at Hampden Park in Glasgow, where the Scottish Football Museum is also located.
The Scottish Football Association is responsible for the operation of the national football team, the annual Scottish Cup and several other duties important to the functioning of the game in Scotland.
The SFA also offers coaching qualifications, such as the esteemed UEFA Pro Licence two year coaching qualification, in which candidates are required to learn a second language as part of their studies. This course is run by Jim Fleeting, Head of Football Development at the SFA, who realised that candidates needed to broaden their horizons by learning another language:
We felt that we could forge a link with the SFA, as it showed that languages are necessary in all walks of life.
The Scottish Football Museum exists to promote the unique football heritage of Scotland. It is home to the world’s most impressive national collection of football related objects, memorabilia and ephemera with over 2,500 exhibits on display. The fourteen galleries take visitors through the development of the modern game in Scotland, from the nineteenth century to the present day. Visitors get the chance to see some of football’s most exciting and unique objects, including the world’s oldest national trophy, the Scottish Cup. One of Glasgow’s leading attractions, the Scottish Football Museum attracts visitors from all over Europe and beyond.
Students studying French at the University of Strathclyde took on the role of language ambassadors by supporting the learners and helping to facilitate the language workshops.
For more information about language ambassadors please contact the team at SCILT.
The partners worked together to devise an exciting programme of presentations, visits, and workshops culminating in a project in which the young people created an advertisement to promote the Scottish Football Museum to visitors from French-speaking countries using the Commonwealth games as a context.
To launch the project staff from the SFA and the Scottish Football Museum went to Kilwinning Academy to speak about why language skills are important, and to participate in a series of five workshops which required learners to use their knowledge of French. Learners had to read the Scottish Football Museum’s French leaflets, and match up key phrases in English; they had the opportunity to speak in French to William Gros, one of the players at Kilmarnock Football Club; they had to listen to a French advert about the use of Fairtrade products as the catering company at Hampden, Sodexo, is a French multi-national company.
Learners also had the opportunity to look at Sodexo’s application forms in French and pick out relevant details. The final workshop looked at the need to eat healthily to perform well in sport. Learners had to work out the French for certain foodstuffs using images of food and then decide which ones were the healthy options.
Jim Fleeting, Head of Football Development at the SFA, who launched the project stated:
After the SFA visit, all pupils from S3 went to the Scottish Football Museum in groups of thirty where they got the opportunity to see the exhibits in the museum and to tour the stadium.
The young people took part in a French treasure hunt, enabling them to transfer their knowledge of French into a different context, using materials created by SCILT. In this way, they learned new vocabulary and reinforced their reading skills.
Back at school, learners got more opportunities to work on the resources provided by SCILT.
It was decided that to conclude the project the young people would create and present an advertisement to promote the Scottish Football Museum to foreign visitors to the museum curator.
The advertisements were then judged by staff from The Scottish Football Museum who chose the winning advertisement based on the the use of the target language and the advertisement itself.
The winning group was taken to a French restaurant in Glasgow where they enjoyed ordering their food from a menu in French and chatting to the owner and SCILT staff in French.
Most of the learners enjoyed the experience. They were engaged in the different activities offered. They liked to learn French in a different way and in a different setting. They also liked to work on resources that were completely different from what they use in French on a daily basis. The project resulted in a huge improvement in the up-take of French in S4. Learners who had previously decided not to continue studying French realised that languages could be very useful to them in the future.
The staff at Kilwinning Academy also found the whole project very exciting. They thought it was a great opportunity for the learners to see the relevance of learning French. They all agreed that the BLC project was very worthwhile.
One teacher said:
The staff at Kilwinning Academy would like to continue to promote languages to learners in this way. They want to keep contacts with the SFA and the Scottish Football Museum to develop the project further in the future
As part of the Scottish Learning Festival in September 2014 SCILT delivered a presentation to demonstrate how links with the business community can foster meaningful learning in a vocational context. The partnership between the Scottish Football Association and Kilwinning Academy was used to demonstrate how a partnership can be developed and the impact it had on the learners' experience.
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