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Teacher creates foreign language scheme

07/08/2009 Joanna
A Lancashire teacher has teamed-up with an Austrian friend to devise a new scheme to help pupils learn a foreign language.

Helen Bailey, one of the primary school staff at Wargrave Primary, has co-created a programme of intensive language training for teachers, claims the St Helens Reporter.

According to the paper, Ms Bailey met Lisa Rainer from Innsbruck, Austria when she worked as a foreign languages teaching assistant.

The pair are reported to have raised £38,000 of funding from the British Council and local sources.

Their work now means that primary school teachers can take part in exchanges offering them the chance to shadow their Austrian counterparts.

Last year saw the government launch new initiatives to create more enthusiasm for languages among UK teenagers.

Proposals from the Department for Children, Schools and Families include producing a series of adverts and television programmes showcasing French, Spanish and German youth culture.

A new Channel 4 series entitled Je Suis Un Rockstar followed a band on tour around Europe as young linguists were encouraged to take part.

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