On 24th March, at the University of Greenwich’s site in the old Royal Naval College in Maritime Greenwich, Lydd King (DCSF), Michel Soussan (Directeur de l’academie de Paris), Paul Robinson (chair of LGfL) and Edouard Rosselet (IA-DSDEN de Paris) signed a formal agreement acknowledging the work done so in linking schools between the two world cities and setting up a joint steering group to support and extend the links project.
So far 24 of London’s 33 local authorities have schools involved in the project. Most of the links are there to support the teaching and learning of French at KS2 or, in the case of Paris, to support the teaching of English in their Langues Vivantes programme for Parisian primary schools.
Teachers in both cities use the LGfL VLE or MLE to link their classes, using the communications devices in both to ensure an e-safe environment for collaborative learning. Pupils have been blogging and podcasting, sharing photos and videos, not merely to learn the language but to develop an awareness of the differences and similarities between our two cultures, brought closer together by Eurostar.