New Training Opportunities for Primary Teachers in Wales

30 Apr 2010

Language teachers in primary schools across Wales will soon be benefitting from enhanced opportunities to boost their linguistic knowledge and confidence, and to improve their foreign language-teaching skills, thanks to the partnership between the British Council and the National Centre for Languages in Wales (CILT Cymru).

PRIMARY teachers are being given the opportunity to take advantage of training and job shadowing opportunities in France and Germany in April of this year with the 2-Week Primary Teachers' Project delivered by CILT Cymru in partnership with the British Council. The Project includes a tailor-made week-long intensive language and methodology course in Wales delivered by CILT Cymru Advisors (during the Easter break) followed by a week's job shadowing/active participation in a local primary school in the country of the language they wish to teach. Teachers will stay with a host family to improve their language skills.

Participation in the Project is partly funded by the EU's Comenius programme, which is delivered in Wales by the British Council Wales, with additional funding provided by the Welsh Assembly Government to contribute towards supply cover costs for participants.

This partnership builds on the Assembly's desire to support schools wishing to include a modern foreign language in their primary curriculum, many of whom include this as part of School Development / Transition plans.

26 primary teachers will take part in the Project this Easter, 23 to France and 3 to Germany. The Comenius Programme aims to build greater cooperation within Europe and improve educational standards. Each year the Programme provides funding to enable 1,000 schools and up to 50 local authorities across the UK to collaborate with European partners, and up to 1,000 teachers to take part in personal professional development activities in other European countries from the UK as a whole.

Ceri James, Director of CILT Cymru: "We are delighted to be working with the British Council on this exciting project. Not only does it offer excellent opportunities for primary teachers to benefit from training and work shadowing abroad that will be invaluable to them in their subsequent work in schools but will provide them with a partner school with whom the pupils can correspond, thus enhancing their language work in the classroom"

To show an expression of interest in a possible Primary Teachers' Project 2011, contact Nia Jones or Sian Holleran at CILT Cymru on 02920 480137.

To read teacher reviews and comments on their return from this year's trip (April 2010) visit our website: (to be posted in May 2010)


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