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Welcome to this month’s round up!
I want to wish you all the best for the rest of the year 2019. If you want help to get organised for 2020, do keep reading! I have 2 new blogs to help you tell your children about Epiphany in France, on 6th January (see pictures below).
I hope I can help you and your pupils further next calendar year through my emails, and may be more. You know where I am if you need support.
I will be back in touch next year! In the meantime, I hope you all enjoy a well-deserved break from school.
A bientôt!

L’âne Trotro is back to help you explain Epiphany in France to your children!
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Click here for a story about the “galette des rois” for older children.
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I have indulged this month and am mostly talking about how my languages mobile library came into existence. I hope you find it interesting!
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  • The ALL’s Language World 2020 conference, ALL working together, 
    will be in Manchester (Renaissance Manchester City Centre) on 13th and 14th March 2020 at delegate rates reduced from last year. This is great news! Click here for more details. I will be there and talking about developing intercultural understanding through picture books. The full programme will be availbale soon – look out for it!
  • UK Lingua, the languages conference in Durham, will take place on 2nd and 3rd May 2020. Please save the date and consider submitting an abstract by 31st January: the theme this time is “Learning gain”. Click here for more details!
  • Théâtre Sans Frontières are back with a brand new show available in French and in Spanish: The Animal Olympics Tokyo 2020. Their shows are always fab and I hope I will get to see this one too! Click here for more details.
ERASMUS+ with ClaroGB – before it is too late! Iwent to Santander with them in October 2017 and loved it!
EU Funded Week Long Spanish and French Immersion Courses for Primary and Secondary Staff
Over the past six years, hundreds of UK schools have accessed European Erasmus+ funding to send school staff (teachers, TAs, Head Teachers, and other staff) to Spain or France on ClaroGB one week intensive language learning, language teaching methodology, teaching ideas and cultural activity courses.
Many have also spent time in French or Spanish schools allowing them to build lasting links with European colleagues.
This exciting opportunity is open to primary and secondary school staff with any level of language from absolute beginners to confident speakers as participants are grouped for language lessons according to ability.
ClaroGB supports schools to apply for the grant and accompanies each group when in Europe. Where schools apply for funding for courses in France and Spain we also support the application for funding for German and Italian courses too.
There is just one application form per school and the application can cover ‘up to 100’ people from one school.
Courses take place throughout the year, most half terms, Easter and some term time dates.
The grant covers the following:

  • Course fees and activities
  •  Hotel accommodation
  • Meals
  • Travel

ClaroGB is a training provider run by Alison McGregor. Alison is a qualified teacher and language advisor, experienced in running these EU funded training programmes in Europe.
If you or anyone in your school might be interested, please email us before 30th November 2020 for more information.
ClaroGB courses get consistently great reviews from participants, who come back from our courses with more skills, more confidence, and more enthusiasm for language development in their schools:
“I would definitely recommend this course to others as I now feel more confident in my own ability to speak and teach the language, and I understand the culture better. The week has been very well organised with a variety of activities to suit everyone”. JP
“It has been a fantastic experience that I have thoroughly enjoyed. I feel I have come a long way this week and feel I can build on what I have learned. The cultural experiences have been wonderful, a good variety of activities. A well organised week. I have gained so much from it and would certainly recommend it to others”. CB