In preparation for the introduction of International Languages in the new National Curriculum for Wales, Vale Languages also provides a consultancy service.
In-school training for KS 2 pupils can be arranged on a weekly or fortnightly basis.
From 2016 in liaison with Y Pant Comprehensive, Spanish and French intensive courses were offered to all feeder schools: Dolau, Llanharan, Brynna, Pontyclun, Llanhari, Tonysguboriau, Llantrisant, Penygawsi and Llansannor primaries.
Using material developed by qualified linguists, meeting QCA guidelines, children were given an introduction to both languages over a nine week period.
At the end of each academic year, all 9 schools were invited to Y Pant for a celebration of languages. Children attended workshops in Spanish, French, German, Italian & Mandarin and older secondary pupils acted as language ambassadors introducing the youngsters to the department. Each year, primary schools won awards for Language Champions and Use of IT in MFL.
Since 2008, I have taught French to Year 6 at Pendoylan Church in Wales Primary School. Children are taught for 45 minutes per week and given a thorough introduction to the language before starting at secondary school.
In April 2019, the school won funding for MFL provision and I offered Year 5 the opportunity to start learning French for the rest of the academic year. Those children entering Y6 in the autumn term had already benefitted from 16 weeks of French tuition, where I had the opportunity to establish a sound foundation, including use of IT and the introduction of French phonics plus a taster of French culture, covering topics like the Tour de France & Bastille Day.
Both Primary schools won funding for the introduction of languages in April 2019. It was a great chance to create bespoke courses for each school.
In St. David's Colwinston, I delivered 6 weeks of playground games, working with children in KS1 during their lunch break. A further 45 minutes were spent with Y3: 15 minutes group session followed by half an hour with small groups of five children. This offered the opportunity for lots of repetition and confidence building.
In Llanfair, I ran a lunch-time club for Year 2 pupils and then spent an hour a week with Y6 as an introduction before starting at Cowbridge Comprehensive. As a result of this, Autumn Term 2019 sees the start of two lunch-time clubs which are both full.
Bespoke training for staff is also available, offering teachers the chance to improve their own language competence to assist with the long term and sustainable delivery of languages.
Vale Languages is also able to recommend and advise on SOWs and suitable digital language resources which can be used by non- language specialists.