A PET in Scottish Schools: a Portuguese as a Foreign/Heritage Language Strategy

Gomes, L. and Ferreira, S. (2019) A PET in Scottish Schools: a Portuguese as a Foreign/Heritage Language Strategy. 8th International Conference of the Association of British and Irish Lusitanists (ABIL), Edinburgh, 6-7 September 2019. (Unpublished)

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The PET programme, or ‘Portuguese Educational Trainee’, aims to stimulate the teaching of Portuguese as a Foreign Language and Portuguese as a Heritage Language in Scottish schools. Its ultimate goal is to bring Portuguese into the fold of curricular foreign languages currently in place in Scotland, under the aegis of the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA). To achieve this we work with local schools in delivering the innovative ‘1 + 2’ language teaching approach within the Scottish Education ‘Curriculum for Excellence’. It is a collaborative initiative of the Camões Institute, SCILT, Erasmus+, University of Glasgow, and Local Authorities. Since 2015 over 1000 pupils have participated in our programme in various degrees and experiences, with tangible results and wider community impact. As we enter its fourth year of activity, we will see Portuguese already being included in a SQA module as an ‘official’ Foreign Language in Scotland, on course to becoming a mainstream FL in Scottish schools. In this session we aim to present the programme, its challenges from the onset, and report on progress of our goals. O futuro promete.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Keywords:Curriculum for Excellence; CfE; Global Citizenship; Portuguese as a Foreign Language; Portuguese as a Heritage Language; curriculum development
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gomes, Dr Luis
Authors: Gomes, L., and Ferreira, S.
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LF Individual institutions (Europe)
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > Hispanic Studies
Research Group:Scholarship of Learning and Teaching, SMLC

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