The Ambassadors project at Glasgow Academy Prep School was a fresh way of getting the older pupils to think about language learning, investigate and teach their younger peers in a real and exciting way.
Ambassadors volunteered to promote and represent languages and culture from a wide range of different countries including Spain, Germany, France, Italy, China, Greece and Russia, They were very committed and after some lunchtime training sessions, the Ambassadors went out on playground duty, teaching, listening, communicating and having fun. There was such a buzz as the Ambassadors moved around, shouting, laughing and cajoling their fellow pupils. The other children, the learners, thought it was hilarious. It was like a big game for the P1s and P2s while the P4s thought it was very exciting.
As well as completing in depth evaluations of the experience, afterwards there was a reception and photoshoot for the Ambassadors.
It was a novel way of bringing languages into the spotlight and Ambassadorship is an ideal forum for promoting the four CfE capacities. Judges of SCILT's EDL2012 competition agreed, awarding the Ambassadors 1st prize in the primary category.