Bonjour Aberdeen, Au Revoir Vichy!
A French training course for teachers in the historic province of Bourbonnais
This summer saw the first group of six teachers from Aberdeen City Council attend the language immersion course at the CAVILAM language school in Vichy, France. The purpose of the study visit was to build up the teachers’ French language skills and to help them to gain confidence in teaching French. This is to support the implementation of the 1+2 Modern Languages Scottish Government initiative which is aimed at ensuring that every child has the opportunity to learn a first modern language from P1 onwards and a second from P5 onwards.
The group included teachers from schools across the city such as Manor Park, Sunnybank, Oldmachar, Heathryburn, Ashley Road and Kaimhill Primary School. The trip was entirely funded by the EU ERASMUS+ programme.
It was an intensive two week course at the CAVILAM Language School which is affiliated to the Universities of Clermont-Ferrand (Aberdeen’s twin city) and the Alliance Française. The teachers were all living with French host families to help immerse them in the French language and culture and all six felt that their French skills had improved significantly by the end of the two weeks.
To find out more about opportunities like this for improving your French or other modern language skills for teaching, please contact the ACC development officers Marie Claire Lyon email@example.com , Lara Freeman LFreeman@aberdeencity.gov.uk or Lynnette Martin firstname.lastname@example.org