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Jakez Riou (Diwan school)

 

 

Skolaj Diwan ar Releg

 

 

Skolaj Intron Varia an Espera˝s

Jakez Riou (Diwan school)

 


 

Contact person

Padrig an Habask

E-mail

melskolaj-k(a)wanadoo.fr

Website

Total number of teachers

17

Total number of pupils

115

Languages of instruction

Breton, French

Teaching material

The availability of Breton teaching material is bad, the quality is reasonable.

Remarks

The Skolaj Diwan Jakez Riou makes use of the immersion-method when it comes to education in the minority language. During 65% till 70 % of the lessons the medium of instruction is Breton, the rest is left for French or foreign languages. One of the biggest problems concerning the minority language is, according to An Habask, that the pupils do not often use the language in their daily speech. That is why at the Skolaj Diwan Jakez Riou, Breton is taught in an as attractive and open way as possible.

 

Skolaj Diwan ar Releg

 


Contact person

Morwenna Jenkin

E-mail

 

 

Website


Total number of teachers

20

Total number of pupils

170

Languages taught as subject

French, Breton (3.5 hrs), English (3.5 hrs), Spanish (3 hrs), German (3 hrs)

Languages of instruction

Breton all subjects except French and other languages mostly in that language

Languages used outside formal lessons

Breton, French

Skills trained in the minority language

Reading, listening, speaking, writing and mediation (= all sorts of communication in which a language user acts as an intermediate, e.g. translation, paraphrase, summary)

Availability of the teaching material

Reasonable; some text books are translated into Breton but teachers have to prepare a lot of their own material

Quality of the teaching material

Reasonable; now similar to quality in French as mainly translations, at beginning the schools prepared textbooks ( black and white)

Developers of the teaching material

Teachers in the school or colleagues;
Translations or adaptations from other languages;
Publishing houses.

Remarks

At beginning of school we aimed to teach some subjects in English (biology was taught in past but no longer (no teacher available)). One history lesson now is taught in English a week for one level.

We organize exchanges with schools in Basque Country (Tolosa) and Sorbs in Germany (Ostro), and a school trip to Cornwall for one level. In the past we participated in Celtic festivals (music and dance) in Cornwall, Ireland, Isle of Man.
 
A problem is the small number of pupils who use the language at home and difficulty to persuade them to speak outside the lessons
 
We're looking forward to student exchanges, especially for for our 13,14 and 15 year old pupils. Also we are looking for possibilities for correspondence in English (or Spanish or German) with other schools, with the possibility to choose themes according to interest of pupils.

Teacher exchange on language teaching methods, study visits and training is also very much appreciated.


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Skolaj Intron Varia an Espera˝

 


Contact person

Frank NomenoŰ Cocaign

E-mail

 

 

Website

www.nde-cleder.fr

Total number of teachers

30

Total number of pupils

155

Languages taught as subject

Frecn 4/5 hours in each class per week;
Breton 3 hours per week for groups who use it to learn;
English 3 hours per class per week;
German or Spanish 3 hours per group per week in the two last years.

Languages of instruction

100% in french for 140 pupils;
11 hours in Berton and 21 in French for two groups only.

Languages used outside formal lessons

Breton, French

Skills trained in the minority language

Reading, listening, speaking, writing and mediation (=all sorts of communication in which a language user acts as an intermediate, e.g. translation, paraphrase, summary)

Availability of the teaching material

Reasonable.

Quality of the teaching material

Bad! because there is no material or we have all to invent. Only traductions of school's book exist

Developers of the teaching material

Teachers in the school or colleagues;
Translations or adaptations from other languages.

In britanny there is a publishing house but it's only traduction of french school's books. Otherwise, we exchange materials between teachers through internet.

Remarks

We use Breton language to teach classic lessons as history, geography, mathematics, sport... We try to save our regional language and develop it in the modern time.
 
We have contact with Sweden, Finland and Sicily (Italy) but not on the language. It's a Comenius partnership without language project.
 
Our main problem is motivation! Parents want their children speak regional language, but pupils do not agree every time! We would like to know how other schools (try to) to improve children's interest for regional language.

Also government doesn't give enough money, or the number of working teachers' hours delivered by education ministry is not enough. Sometimes we don't get teachers to use Breton language.


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