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Continuing Professional Development for Upper Secondary School Teachers
Start date: 01 Jul 2016, End date: 30 Jun 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Two teachers started to talk about how they could develop their school and at the same time their own teaching qualifications. Two other teachers joined them since they had the same thoughts. All four teachers saw a need in developing the school towards working in projects in the European dimension as well as developing their interdisciplinary work. Thus, there is a need to meet in understanding the use of new pedagogical approaches and tools as well as there is a need to understand how to implement these in the school. Moreover, the teachers also saw a need in further linguistic development in the English language since there is a need at the school to develop the education towards an international market that also contains young people working "on the floor”. Even more, the teachers saw possibilities of a more international transparency when working towards a more modern education with expanded pedagogical approaches and tools. In addition, they saw a need targeted towards an understanding between the education and an internationalisation. In this case networking and creating international contacts personally would be a focal point.The teachers found that to be able to develop and to acquire a new pedagogical foundation they need to develop the linguistic knowledge in the English language. They also need to acquire pedagogical approaches and tools to be able to work interdisciplinary as well as to work within the European dimension. This would improve their teaching qualities, benefit the value of attractiveness of their school and other schools. Furthermore, acquiring new competences will also lead to a more qualified work for a higher learning ability amongst the students. All this can be seen as a wish to develop the teachers' teaching competences, which can be achieved through a continuing professional development in another European country. The teachers agreed on that such development would occur when participating in international courses. Therefore the teachers found an experienced language school, which provides courses that would help them fulfilling their needs. Anglolang provides courses in LMT (Language & Methodology for Teachers in English) and CLIL (Content & Language Integrated Learning) courses, which would help the teachers to reach new objectives in which the European dimension would be a part.The objectives in the project are:- to develop the participants' professional competences through a linguistic development of the English language- to acquire new pedagogical approaches and tools and how to work with these interdisciplinary and internationally..- to develop the teachers' teaching qualifications, which will benefit the value of attraction of an education, primarily at the school and in the municipality but also to affect other schools in the country and internationally.- to find new ways of working within the European dimension, which will result in a more international perception.- to construct a mainstay for new perspectives of how to work interdisciplinary and internationally amongst all the teachers at Tegelbruksskolan.- to find partners from other European countries to work in international projects. - to encourage a higher learning ability amongst the students and to serve as a tool to prepare them for the international labour market.The project will be divided into three phases. 1) attendance at an interactive 4 weeks' pre-course, which Anglolang provides. 2) attending the courses in LMT and CLIL. During the two phases, colleagues and other stakeholders will be able to follow the teachers work via a blog and Facebook. 3) post-work with evaluating the courses and compiling all the material and information about new pedagogical approaches and tools. This will be disseminated to colleagues at the school during work-based meetings as a work placement training as well as to schools in the municipality. Finally, there will other teachers in Sweden and internationally, who will receive information via the blog and in EST. The expected impact on the participants will be developed linguistic knowledge in the English language, new pedagogical tools and new pedagogical approaches, both individually and interdisciplinary. Moreover, the expected impact will be new international contacts since networking will be acchieved during the courses. There will be an expected impact on colleagues at the school/in the municipality when receiving knowledge about new aspects of how we can use new pedagogical approaches and tools and collaborate in an international context. Furthermore, there will be an expected impact on other stakeholders, nationally and internationally, in form of the results given on the blog and in EST. Finally, a future expected impact will be higher learning abilities amongst the students because of developed teaching qualities amongst the teachers. This impact will also affect the value of attraction of an education at the school in a positive way.
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