'It brought me such joy': How an online community of practice supported practitioners to introduce creative, play-based pedagogies for teaching French in nursery and early primary settings

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


This individual paper presents an interdisciplinary professional learning partnership that ran January - May 2022. The partnership involved forty practitioners working in twenty early learning centres and early primary classrooms, two professional development officers from SCILT, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages and a Teaching Artist.

This presentation shows how we addressed the challenge of facilitating professional learning for educators across time, space and sector. Our objective was to collaboratively develop an innovative play-based pedagogy called creative puppetry and apply it to teaching French to children aged 3-6 in a range of settings. Our solution centred around communication and relationship-building. Prior to starting, we hosted an online information session that demystified creative puppetry. We shared expectations and negotiated roles with participating partners.

Before and after the project, practitioners completed an online questionnaire. Responses showed that the supported use of digital tools and the carefully cultivated community ethos, positively affected practitioners’ pedagogical and content knowledge as well as the engagement of children, across the ability and communication spectrum, in learning French through creative puppetry.
Period24 Nov 2023
Event titleSERA Conference 2023: Meeting global and local challenges through interdisciplinary partnerships and collaborations in education
Event typeConference
LocationMusselburgh, United KingdomShow on map