We have updated the Advice on Gaelic Education to reflect some recent changes to the 1+2 policy. This change enables children to continue with L3, as they move from primary to secondary, if schools are able to demonstrate that children’s achievements are “approaching the second level”. We have included challenge questions, matched to the quality indicators, to support self-evaluation for self-improvement.
2 – 5 July 2018, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
This national leadership programme is now open for registration. It is hosted by SCILT and Education Scotland. The programme is aimed at those who have, or aspire to have, a responsibility for leading languages and developing colleagues’ capacity to deliver the 1+2 approach to languages in their context. The programme is free of charge for educators in the public sector and begins with a summer school.
The programme themes include:
1+2 languages: the national picture and the position of languages within the National Improvement Framework and the Scottish Attainment Challenge
Strategic leadership in languages: planning and evaluation
Progression in language learning
Parental and wider engagement in language learning
Raising attainment: practical ways to develop literacy skills across languages
The Go!Gaelic resource is a distinct programme which provides training, support and resources to equip teachers with the necessary Gaelic language skills and teaching methodology to deliver Gaelic as L2 or L3 from early to second level at the primary stages.
The Go! Gaelic course provides teachers with 18 days of language learning and pedagogy practice. It is supported by the website (http://go-gaelic.scot) which hosts materials to support trainers, teachers and learners. The website is also supported by a Go! Gaelic app that enables teachers to access the vocabulary and audio through tablets and smartphones. For more information, please contact: Jonathan.email@example.com
Education Scotland invites you to a seminar at the Scottish Learning Festival on the role of Gaelic in a 1+2 Approach to languages. This session will give you an opportunity to hear of effective practice by a local authority which is increasing the number of young people that are learning Gaelic. Please register for this seminar at: http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/slf/index.asp
The modern languages team at Education Scotland will be delivering another series of Glow TV events to support the 1+2 approach to language learning. In the first session, we will give an overview of all the latest developments in the 1+2 approach across the country, offer further insight into how L3 might be delivered and the support available to local authorities and practitioners from the Education Scotland team. For more information on the event please read further:
Duolingo – https://www.duolingo.com/ - a free online tool which works via PC or mobile device (via browser or mobile-specific apps) and supports learners in learning a language of their choice from a range of languages available.
Duolingo combines game based learning with online rewards systems of points and milestones to encourage and chart progress with goal setting, and your choice of topics to suit your needs.
Text, images and audio are included with tasks, broken into small steps to make learning fun through manageable chunks of activity which build on learning as you progress. text which appears have clickable links to definitions and audio which helps reassure learners when they feel that need.
Learners can use the beginning activities in the system without creating an account. However by creating an account the progress can be recorded and development made to activities which build on previously learned words and phrases.
While individuals can work on this without needing to be grouped together as a class there is now the facility for a teacher of a class to support their learners and provide further feedback through being able to track progress using Duolingo for Schools https://schools.duolingo.com/ - this lets teachers either set up their class for their pupils from scratch, or collate existing accounts which learners may already have been using.