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Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

“CUENCA WELCOMES EUROPE” CONTEXT OF THE PROJECT Alfonso VIII High School was created in 1844. Presently, it holds 934 students and 67 teachers in different educational courses. They are as follows: Compulsory Secondary Education (ESO), Bachillerato (a two-year optional course after secondary school), Intermediate and Advanced Vocational Training on Business, E-learning studies for this vocational training and ,finally, General Elementary Vocational training. MAIN OBJECTIVES The main objectives of the project “Cuenca Welcomes Europe” are follows. First, we would like to promote the mobility of Compulsory Secondary Education teachers to other member European countries so that they can improve their language competence in English , giving them confidence to use this language while achieving new strategies to use it as a vehicle for communication. Secondly, “Cuenca Welcomes Europe” offers members of the educational community the opportunity to get involved in a European project that allows them to achieve a higher dimension . This is done by projecting our school internationally as well as getting into contact with European cultural diversity and its language richness. BENEFICIARIES OF THE PROJECT All the members of the educational community may get benefited from it as the project will include a meaningful number of pupils from ESO, who will transmit their experiences to their peers. Besides, the four teachers from ESO may be the seed that will support our school in a near Plan on Bilingualism to introduce the new CLIL methodology on certain school subjects at some educational levels. DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES: The project is divided into three stages: A. Formation stage. A.1. It is centered in the organization and practice of the teacher mobility so that they can prepare adequately on CLIC (content and language integrated learning), TIC ( computers skills)and finally, coaching skills in the United kingdom. A.2. Collaboration groups for the planning, follow-up and assessment of classroom projects coordinated under the name of “Cuenca welcomes Europe”. B. Classroom project. They consist of workshops to make small products, record videos, create presentations, write articles, take photographs and develop other ideas, all of which based on the customs and heritage of our hometown, Cuenca. DISSEMINATION OF THE PROJECT The final outcome of the different workshops and the educative experience of having participated in this project will be shared in e-Twinning, in the web and through local information and dissemination sessions. METHODOLOGY On the one hand, we will be using the technique of the collaboration work group for all issues concerning the teacher formation phase and their preparation for mobility. On the other hand, we prefer the CLIC methodology and project work in the development of classroom workshops. EXPECTED IMPACT The number of teachers participating is good enough to set up a school Plan for Multilingualism in a near future. Their experience will encourage other teachers to participate in other calls of European programs. In addition, the number of pupils involved is quite significant and the personal richness they get when getting into contact with cultural and language diversity is a fundamental pillar in their integral development as humans. LONG-TERM BENEFITS First, to increase the interest of teachers and pupils, especially in European programmes. Secondly, to bring Europe and its institutions to Spanish population. Thirdly, to facilitate the Plan for Multilingualism regulated in the Order 7/2014, on 22/01/2014, by which it is regulated the multilingualism in non-university studies in Castilla- la –Mancha, our county.
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