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Aktiv inklusiv - moderner Englischunterricht mithilfe der Storyline Methode (Weitere Verbesserung der Unterrichtsqualität im Fach Englisch unserer inklusiven Schule im Sinne eines lebenslangen Lernens innerhalb unserer globalisierten Gesellschaft)
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our new one-year project aims to further improve the abilities of our teachers for English in the area of the storyline concept and to encourage them with regard to the school’s inclusion scheme to use this method in their daily classes on the basis of differentiated teaching material. Our head of the competencies team, Ms. Mirja Schulz, has been starting with this concept in her English classes already. Since the academic year 2013/2014 our primary school officially takes part in the so called “Regionales Integrationskonzept (RIK)“ (Regional Concept of Integration). Hereby our school also explicitly encourages children with special needs in the areas of learning, language and talking as well as in the areas of emotional and social development. Those children who have joined our school back then will for the first time participate in the English classes next year. Hence, the English lessons have to be reconsidered and modified. For this, we believe that a comprehensive training with a view on the scheme of inclusion is essential. From her own experiences with the storyline concept, Ms. Schulz is convinced that this concept will have a very positive impact on her English inclusion lessons next school year. She aims to support children with special needs in the areas of learning, language and talking as well as in the areas of emotional and social development by focused and individual encouragement. Her own teaching, therefore, has to be opened more and more. Last year we had planned a timeframe of one year for the project. Would have Ms. Schulz known at the time that another training with a focus on inclusion was to be held in Glasgow this year, we would have planned a timeframe for the project of two years from the beginning. Thus, another application is necessary. To realise our project we are therefore planning to send our head of the competencies team, Ms Schulz, once again to Strathclyde University in Glasgow for participation in the advanced training of "Storyline working towards inclusion”. With this participation we aim that Ms. Schulz extends her knowledge she received from her participation in previous years trainings and will get to know new materials and methods for her English inclusion lessons. During the next academic year she will then pass on her gained knowledge to her colleagues by giving presentations in different internal conferences and also by allowing them to audit in her own lectures. This has proven to work well in the past already. She will of course again also make available to her colleagues the received material. Ms. Schulz will also again take care of the practical and logistical aspects of the project by herself. Our school will support Ms. Schulz in any insurance matters required by law. There were no difficulties coming up in the past. With respect to a lifelong learning we expect a long-term improvement of our teaching quality by integrating this method in our inclusive language classes, and we also aim to apply this method in a differentiated way in our school internal curriculum. Ms. Schulz is to be suited very well to participate in the training because of her experiences and her constantly growing interest. Furthermore, our head of the competencies team expects an intensive language training in dialogue with excellent authentic language speakers (such as, for example, Hannelore Tait and Gisela Ehlers). With respect to modern and evolving English inclusion lessons we consider this essential. Also, we expect that by using the modern teaching style of "Storyline" our students will be stimulated even more to talk, will realize with joy their improvements in this area, and will participate with high enthusiasm in our English classes. With respect to inclusion we want to have all children actively and kreatively participate in the teaching process and with it profit from an improved teaching. We are also open and interested for any further exchange or development of other international projects together with colleagues from other countries. A regular exchange of know-how already exists with Ms. Annett Kolz-Bieshaar from the Ritzebuetteler School in Cuxhaven and is also imaginable with colleagues from other countries, not least to increase the own knowledge on the school education in Europe. We would like to give our colleague the opportunity to participate in an European project and with it strengthen the European dimension in our teaching. This can be achieved only when highly active colleagues are willing to participate in different special trainings (at times during holiday breaks as well). Ms. Schulz is highly motivated to participate on such another special training and aims for passing on her enthusiasm for the storyline concept to her students and colleagues.
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