14th July 2000

 

LANGUAGE LEARNING STARTS EARLY IN COUNTY

 

Hull academics have been helping implement a scheme to expand language learning at East Riding primary schools by teaching the teachers how to deliver languages in the classroom.

 

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside lecturers have played a major part in the county council’s project which also involves the national Centre of Information, Learning, Teaching and Research (CILT).

 

Ian Scott and his colleagues from the Department of International Business, Marketing and Languages were visited by CILT representative Catherine Cheeter to hear news of the project’s success.

 

“Catherine was assessing the project for the Department of Education and Employment to see how language learning can be encouraged more widely at the primary school level,” said Mr Scott.

 

The role of ULH language lecturers was to prepare a teacher training package to update the language skills of the primary school teachers and deliver it through workshop sessions on campus.

 

“The feedback we’ve had from the teachers who have attended the workshops has been very positive,” he added.

 

It is hoped the tremendous popularity of the scheme with the schools taking part, who were from South Hunsley, near Hull, will lead to it being introduced to Withernsea schools.

 

Only 25% of schools in England and Wales have any language provision. Eighteen similar projects are being run nationwide.

 

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Press Officer Sam Hendley. Tel: 01522 886042