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Edinburgh City Council French immersion weekend

Author: Sarah Spiller, Edinburgh City Council

In March, 45 primary school teachers from across Edinburgh took part in City of Edinburgh’s first ever French immersion weekend hosted at the Institut Français d’Ecosse. This exciting partnership event run by City of Edinburgh 1+2 team, Institut Français d’Ecosse and Le Français en Ecosse included a number of language and culture workshops all delivered in French. As well as improving their own language skills, the event gave teachers practical ideas for delivering French back in their schools. The teachers showed great enthusiasm throughout the Friday afternoon and Saturday morning course and it was fantastic to see another example of Edinburgh primary school teachers’ commitment to language learning and the implementation of the 1+2 approach. One teacher said in their evaluation, ‘What a fantastic boost for my French teaching! Merci beaucoup!’ After reviewing the feedback, a similar model has been used to help deliver French immersion days within other local authorities in Scotland. We hope to repeat this event in Edinburgh in the new year and extend it to other languages such as Spanish and German in the near future.

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