Cameras bring classes together

21st May 2004 at 01:00
As a result of a collaboration between the Alliance Francaise (Glasgow) and Learning and Teaching Scotland, French teachers in all parts of Scotland, especially those in more remote areas, can now join professional development sessions by videoconferencing.

An invitation to participate in two pilot sessions was issued by Alliance Francaise to modern languages advisers and by LT Scotland to its network of schools with videoconferencing facilities. Such was the interest that within days all of the available places had been booked and an additional two workshops had to be organised.

Workshops given by qualified native French teachers are normally held at the Alliance Francaise's premises in Glasgow and are popular with both secondary and primary teachers. These include a range of workshops with seasonal and festival themes, such as autumn, Christmas, spring and Easter.

Now groups of primary teachers in Argyll and Bute, Shetland, Orkney and Clackmannanshire will meet virtually for workshops on the themes of animals and outdoor games.

If the pilot is successful, LT Scotland hopes to offer a comprehensive range of workshops by videoconferencing in the new session, not only for secondary and primary teachers of French, but also other subjects in partnership with other CPD course providers.

Contact Gwenola Canonici, Course Director, Alliance Francaise de Glasgow, 7 Bowmont Gardens, Glasgow G12 9LR, tel 0141 339 4281 e-mail or Stuart Oliphant, videoconferencing specialist, Learning and Teaching Scotland, 74 Victoria Crescent Road, Glasgow G12 9JN, tel 0141 337 5084 e-mail

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