The contribution of languages to Curriculum for Excellence

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Presented by Bill Maxwell, HMIE, at Unlocking the Potential (May 2010)

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  • The contribution of languages to Curriculum for Excellence

    1. 1. <ul><li>The contribution of Modern Languages to </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum for Excellence </li></ul><ul><li>Bill Maxwell, Senior Chief Inspector </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation to SCILT, 25.5.10 </li></ul>
    2. 2. The Language Baccalaureate <ul><li>Recognising progress in MLs in the upper school </li></ul><ul><li>Raising the status of S6 </li></ul><ul><li>Easing transitions from school and beyond </li></ul>
    3. 3. In the most effective ML departments we see : <ul><li>Teachers building on ML experience in primary </li></ul><ul><li>High quality learning and teaching which help YP to learn through direct teaching & collaborative working </li></ul><ul><li>High expectations of what all YP can achieve </li></ul><ul><li>Effective use of ICT to facilitate communication </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant activities that also develop generic skills </li></ul><ul><li>Many opportunities for wider achievement </li></ul>
    4. 4. However….. <ul><li>Secondary teachers not building on the primary experience </li></ul><ul><li>Limited use of the spoken language </li></ul><ul><li>Over-reliance on the text book </li></ul><ul><li>Too few opportunities to work together using the language </li></ul><ul><li>Activities that lack challenge and relevance & do not motivate YP </li></ul><ul><li>Limited range of courses to meet YP’s needs </li></ul>
    5. 5. HMIE expectations?
    6. 6. Forging ahead with purpose …….

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