David Henderson reports on the recommendations of the ministerial action group
FRENCH Fever has hit Lainshaw primary, Stewarton, and could spread to East Ayrshire's 45 other primaries.
The language programme, devised by Carol Nisbet, an enterprise leader at Kilmarnock College, has been piloted successfully with P5-P7s, and uses different techniques to capture the imagination of children, including a video, work booklets and audio tapes.
Mrs Nisbet said: "All the graphics in the booklets were deigned by my own two kids and the pupils from Lainshaw helped make the video. The programme has been designed to teach the children using words as building blocks and they all learn at their own pace. The next step is to develop the programme for nursery infants. I have been teaching the nursery pupils colours in French using a poem about the colours of the rainbow."
She added: "The only drawback is that when pupils reach P1 and they are asked to name the colour red, the reply is often rouge."