S4-S6 Language Experience - Stripy Tails
An exciting opportunity for senior students studying French and/or Mandarin to take part in this programme and to put their language skills into practice. Two groups will be chosen, one studying French and one studying Mandarin to create sound files and new resources for a programme called 'Stripy Tails'. Stripy Tails compares two different animals from two different countries and looks at two different languages. The ring-tailed lemurs from Madagascar and the red panda from China, linking French and Mandarin.
Musselburgh Grammar School took part in the 'Giants' programme over 2021-2022 which compared Spanish and Mandarin, looking at the giant anteater from South America and the giant panda from China. The students created sound files which are in 'Giants'
section. In addition, they designed a fantastic game about a tour around Edinburgh Zoo - also available to download. They won Silver in the Scottish Languages Employability Award for their work on 'Beyond the Panda - Giants'!
“This was a highly valuable and enjoyable experience for our Senior pupils. It was fantastic to give them an opportunity to put their language skills into practice and see how languages can benefit them in the world of work. Pupils loved using their language skills to learn about other countries, cultures and animals across the globe. This opportunity gave pupils the chance to work together as a team, gain experience of the world of work and combine what they are doing across a range of subjects. I have seen how much my pupils' confidence has increased from doing this, which has consequently increased in uptake as pupils who didn't think about a career in languages have found that it opens other doors.” Ms Coats, Musselburgh Grammar.
Excellent opportunity for an employability group. If you have a French or Mandarin group of students who would like to take part in this over 2022-2023, ask them to think of innovative ways to complete the following sentence: "We would like to take part in this opportunity because..."
Any questions and replies to firstname.lastname@example.org by end August 2022. Please state which language. For this year, only French and Mandarin considered. Judges will decide on the best answers and the chosen classes will be contacted in September 2022 with further details.
Anyone interested, please take a look at the 'Giants' programme as an example. The students would be expected to create the individual sound files (just as mp3 or mp4) and design one game resource. Design of all the games and activities incorporating the sound files along with the other resource materials are created by Sandie Robb, RZSS Language Project Coordinator.