French blogging is a hit

7th March 2008 at 00:00

It began with eight pupils - but the blogging and podcasting initiative at a Scottish primary has been so successful at improving language skills this session that there are now plans to involve all P6 and 7 pupils, and even local secondary schools.

Woodhill Primary in Bishopbriggs has been piloting an innovative approach to language learning that aims to develop pupils' French through communication with native speakers via the internet. Schools in East Dunbartonshire, Coventry and Nancy are involved in the project.

Podcasts are used to practise French vocabulary and record songs, and weblogs to allow Woodhill pupils to correspond with their partner school in France - Nancy-Metz Primary - about healthy lifestyles and citizenship. The children explore topics such as family, where they live, pets and lifestyle, the environment and hobbies.

Bishopbriggs Academy and St Ninian's High are now hoping to take the project into secondary level.

Aileen Spence, depute headteacher and international co-ordinator at Woodhill, said: "This is Curriculum for Excellence in action. It is real, meaningful and challenging. Through evaluation and review, it is clear that this project is proving to be most popular and highly motivating with pupils, staff and parents alike."

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