KS1/2 MFL – Training

A focus on training techniques for MFL teaching in Scotland As England rolls MFL out across the primary sector, The Scottish Experience takes advantage of a decade of piloting, trialling and implementing training strategies north of the border.

We eavesdrop on training sessions for teachers in two very different local authorities. Aberdeenshire staff have the luxury of day-release, immersion training in French with Senior Lecturer Alison Hurrell of Aberdeen University School of Education, while teachers in Edinburgh cross town after a day’s work for ‘twilight training’ in French with sympathetic, but equally demanding, tutor David McAlpine.

Aberdeenshire advisor Anne Moncur and Edinburgh development officer Bethan Owen explain these arrangements and the problems of including MFL in initial training, while self-professed ‘geek’ Ewan McIntosh of Scottish CILT demonstrates website resources for follow-up support, especially useful for rural teachers in small communities.

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