At Neilston we continue to explore new ways to strengthen and support our language learning. We are the proud holders of the 2019 Languages and Internationalism Award, and we are delighted to have been shortlisted once again as finalists in the Scottish Education Awards Internationalism and Languages category.
Languages have very much become part of our curriculum. We have developed a strong ethos of Internationalism and Language Learning. Engagement in eTwinning and Erasmus+ projects has created opportunities for learning across cultures, with the focus on adopting a collaborative, interest-based IDL approach to language learning across the partner schools. Across the campus, we plan a rich range of interdisciplinary lessons in order to deliver the highest quality experiences for all learners. We want to enable our pupils to create, manipulate and use language for themselves rather than merely learning by rote.
In the Family Centre, playful pedagogy based activities incorporating rhymes, songs, games, outdoor learning and snack time enable learners to engage with the language in a meaningful way.
We have two live Erasmus+ projects:
KA1 (eight teachers attending immersion courses in France) to increase language skills is in its second year.
KA2 Erasmus+ IDL Projects are underway with partners in France and Italy to further develop linguistic and cultural awareness. This will culminate in exchange visits to participate in a range of IDL projects, which will extend their knowledge and reinforce what they already know in a meaningful, rich and diverse way.
To prepare our pupils, ‘lunchtime linguists' focus is on Italian. Mandarin, Spanish and French are offered in rotation. BSL is one of our Skills Academy pathways. An Internationalism and Languages pathway is planned for next session.
We have links with Glasgow University and Instituto Camoes, and welcome a Portuguese Language Assistant to deliver taster sessions.
Language Ambassadors promote Languages, look after displays, play French games, and read stories with the younger children.
We maintain an ongoing commitment to making Languages an integral part of daily routines. IDL planning allows for a variety of learning styles and differentiation in outcomes, for example, oral, written, and digital technologies are all implicit in success criteria. This approach is accessible to all learners, regardless of gender, background, ethnicity, disabilities or barriers to learning. Disengaged pupils are enthusiastic as the topics are interest-based and relevant, with pupil voice at the planning stage.
We are leading moderation across the cluster. Secondary staff are involved in the process to ensure effective transitions. Secondary colleagues observe teaching so that they have a clear understanding of primary pedagogy.
We have developed a robust tracking and transition record to inform secondary colleagues where our pupils are in their learning.
We attended Parliament to celebrate Languages Week Scotland 2020, performing a role-play in French and singing our 1+2 song.
We presented a 1+2 Languages innovation station at West Partnership’s primary conference where pupils talked confidently to delegates about their language learning.
We presented a workshop on IDL planning at the SALT annual conference in 2019.
Our approach directly incorporates the Scottish Government’s lifelong skills strategies. A variety of assessment approaches demonstrates pupils’ knowledge and understanding, skills, attributes and capabilities in different contexts. Outcomes for pupils are improving by embedding progression in language skills as part of narrative and summative assessment. Benchmarks inform planning and next steps in learning. This approach addresses all priorities across the four contexts for learning, with experiential learning forming a deeper understanding.
Our learners are equipped with valuable life-skills and broadened cultural horizons. We are committed to developing global citizenship and developing the young workforce – positive concepts ensuring excellence and equity in languages and internationalism.