Spanish Put on the Menu; Innovative Teaching Sees Primary Pupils Becoming Emersed in Learning about the Language and Culture of Spain by Using Hi-Tech Vocal Aids and the Setting Up of a Fun Cafe

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Spanish Put on the Menu; Innovative Teaching Sees Primary Pupils Becoming Emersed in Learning about the Language and Culture of Spain by Using Hi-Tech Vocal Aids and the Setting Up of a Fun Cafe


Byline: vivienne aitken v.aitken@dailyrecord.co.uk

CHILDREN at one primary school are making languages come alive with a combination of technology and the fun of a Spanish cafe.

All pupils at Corseford School in Milliken Park, Renfrewshire, are learning Spanish and the school has introduced a range of methods to help them.

All the children use alternative and augmentative communications such as voice output communication aids (VOCAs), symbols or objects of reference.

VOCAs are widely used to supplement or replace speech or writing for an individual with severe speech impediments. Sir Stephen Hawking uses a type of VOCA to help him communicate.

sees pupils. And the forwardthinking staff at Corseford in have adapted the system to give the pupils extra confidence in learning a foreign language.

about language of using All children have had a Spanish folder programmed into their VOCA and they are supported by a variety of sensory and active activities to bring learning to life and make Spanish fun. The achievements they have made in Spanish, given that it is completely new to them, have been outstanding.

vocal the up of cafe Because the children have all the language they will need programmed into their VOCAs, they are able to use the vocabulary in an unrestricted manner.

They have made significant progress, using the language appropriately and voluntarily, even outwith their Spanish lessons, and have been involved in the planning, designing and implementation of a Spanish cafe for the whole school and some mainstream partners.

The children have been praised and recognised for their impressive learning and use of Spanish through a variety of mediums such as assembly, head teacher awards and the Capability Scotland newsletter. …

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