Construyendo una nueva identidad de centro: tratam..
Construyendo una nueva identidad de centro: tratamiento integrado de las lenguas
en un centro plurilingüe.
Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2016
This project was born with a clear goal, as we can guess from its title: “Building a new school identity: integrated language teaching in a multilingual school”. Why a new identity? Because this is a new school, in a new neighbourhood, with mixed population , which forced us to review constantly our working plans. We were pioneers in cooperative and task-based work, to improve our students results, as they are from different socio-economical origins. They have lots of problems to find resource so we decided to change our methodology.
Last year, educational laws changed and we need to increase our school objectives. Since three years ago, all teachers are focused on integrated language teaching. We live in a bilingual region and in addition to that, English is becoming stronger at school. Thus, we have designed a new multilingual school in which then three languages can be used in specific moments, focusing on language use rather than language teaching. We want to improve our students communicative skills so we need to offer our students situations to use all languages. This is not a problem with official languages, but now we need to reinforce English language as an international communicative tool.
We must offer our pupils the possibility to use English at school, and this is only possible if it is the teaching language. Since year 2012/2013 we have been developing several CLIL experiences at different levels (pre-primary and primary) and in different areas (assembly, project, science, art, P.E. etc) The results were really good and we decided to continue the same system. So, this year we are teaching in English some P.E. And art classes, and we would like to go on with the programme next year. The main problem to develop this change at school is the English level of teachers. Most of them are not able to speak English in their classes with an appropriate quality level. For this reason, our lifelong learning project states that all teachers should improve our English level, as well as the use of different resources and strategies to integrate English in their classes in a natural way. Erasmus + offers us the opportunity to improve the quality of our education through teachers courses. For this reason, in this second edition, our K1 project is going to focus on improving communicative and teaching competences again.
Participants belong to different school levels, so the expected impact and diffusion will be wider. Also, they are active teachers who are cooperating with the project design from the first moment.
The activities have been selected according to the initial English level and to the different needs. Primary and pre-primary teachers have chosen courses focusing on speaking skills. We think it is very important because they need to feel comfortable and sure when using English at school, and they need to offer a good linguistic reference to their pupils to assure a quality education. We are also interested in getting closer to European countries through cooperative projects. If teachers improve their English level, they will feel better participating in this kind of projects, such as those in eTwinning platform. About our partners in this European adventure, we have chosen a company with a lot of experience in English teaching and teacher training. Selected 10 days courses, have been chosen according to their content and to the required English level .
We have also taken into account the location of the courses, Dublin, as travelling there is easier and they offer lots of possibilities to enjoy every moment during the stay.
As a conclusion, we would like to highlight that the main objective of this project is improving teachers communicative competence and, as a result of that, also the students one. We want to increase the quality of education, offering equal opportunities to students
with social difficulties. We want to show everybody that a new model of school is possible.
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