Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Sponsorship of local events

Well, the Christmas Tree Festival in Scopwick was a success! I ended up decorating two trees, one for HS Language Services,and one for the Twinning Association. The church looked beautiful and the trees were all auctioned off successfully.
This is the second time that HSLS has sponsored an event in Scopwick, and I have also sponsored a local girl (see September's entry) for equipment.
I am more than happy to sponsor any local events and if there is something in your area, do not hesitate to get in touch. (Contact details)

Interim Report from Dearing Review

This report was published on 14th December. There is a recommendation that the earlier languages are introduced, the better. The Languages Ladder as a means of informal assessment at ks2 and ks3 is mentionned, as well as a review of the current GCSE format.
Whilst I am in complete agreement with the introduction of languages at primary level, I am not sure what measure can be taken to ensure a higher uptake at GCSE. Unfortunately the apathy shown towards language learning is just a reflection of the society we live in today. There are many hard-working, motivated students around, but numbers of those who do not wish to learn are on the increase. My experience in secondary comprehensives has shown me that teenagers are reluctant to take responsibility for their own learning, and expect to be spoonfed in lessons. There are relatively few who have a strong work ethic.
I'm not sure what the solution to this might be, but it certainly needs tackling.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Courses come to a close.....

...for this year, anyway! Both beginners courses have now finished, and we celebrated last night at the Royal Oak pub in Scopwick. Members of both courses came together to meet before we recommence in January on the post-beginners course.
I'm very pleased with the courses this year, and plan to put more on in September in various locations around the county. I am considering Bardney, Wragby and Welton for next September and plan to run the same 10 week beginners courses.

What's On in December

Monday 4th December 19.00 End of course meal for language classes. Royal Oak, Scopwick

Friday 15th December - Sunday 17th December Scopwick and Kirkby Green Festival of Christmas Trees. Auction of Christmas Trees. (HSLS is sponsoring a tree - photos to follow.)

Friday 22nd December - Tuesday 2nd January Closed for Christmas