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Developing Skills for Language Teachers at secondary level
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Jul 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

As this application is about refreshing and renewing teaching methodology for secondary teachers and is NOT about a partnership project with another country, then the summary must be read with this in mind. Background - Why should our member of staff take this course?Lille Egede Friskole is in a period of growth and improvement. The school has gained many new students over the past few years, expanding the classrooms and areas for pedagogical development, and the academic standard of the school is being constantly assessed and lifted, as never before. There is an increased focus on pupils with special needs, where new teaching methods and digital tools can aid in the learning process. The demands of the new national curriculum to integrate and encourage physical activities into the classroom are putting pressure on our teachers to learn ways and methods of teaching. There is also an increased pressure to use modern technology in our curriculum, and this course gives new and inspiring ways of using digital technology in the classroom. There are many students who have trouble learning new languages, and our staff needs to find new and better ways to reach these students. The demands on young people in Denmark to find an education to follow and complete are enormous. It is important to get them ready to take on these demands from primary and secondary school level, and learning the English language is an extremely important part of their education. This needs to be done in the best possible way. The objectives of the course, in relation to the school - the nominated member of the staff will gain: -To enable a better understanding of Language Teaching and expand & build on previous knowledge, using a range of practical methodologies-To introduce new areas of teaching methodologies and accompanying techniques, using hands-on experiential methods-To help teachers reflect on their own teaching methods & contexts & develop teaching skills-To introduce an awareness of technology and ICT in the classroom today-To exchange pedagogical information & knowledge in a multi-cultural context-To further develop participants’ own language skills-To experience the cultural heritage of Malta with its bilingual linguistic environment-The course draws on the EU-funded METHODS project, which resulted from the original project: BP-BLTM Best Practice –Best Language Teaching Methods Project (BP–BLTM).A summary of the course:A highly practical one-week training programme, which covers a broad span of teaching ideas and activities to enliven lessons and make them more motivating. This course addresses language teachers and educators in secondary, vocational and adult education sectors.The metodology used on the course:Sessions demonstrate current EFL approaches, methodologies & techniques.An interactive communicative approach is applied, which provides participants with their own experiential learning of the activities & methodologies.Input sessions are in the form of hands-on workshops and involve brainstorming, analysis, problem-solving, and role-play, both in pair work & group work.Teachers are asked to reflect on the activities, inviting discussion with regard to their own pedagogical knowledge & skills, teaching methods & contexts, and on adaptation of activities to their teaching & learning situations.Both teaching & learning are explored, analysed and discussed, further enabling the participants’ use of their communication skills in English.Participants are actively involved in the sessions to maximize their learning and to experience activities from their learners’ point of view.Participants are also introduced to key websites related to the further development of their teaching skills & personal professional developmentEnvisaged results and long term benefits of the dissemination of the course:Lille Egede Friskole is a growing Primary/Secondary school with high standards for education and specialised teachers in all academic areas. There is an intense interest in evolving in all areas, including IT programmes that will support the teaching of children with special needs. There is a great interest and investment in sending our teachers to courses that will help our school continue to become stronger and better. The envisaged impact of the dissemination of the methodology course which our member of staff, Amy Vigen is participating in, will give a huge boost to both teachers and students. The new ideas will be a motivation factor and increase the quality of communication between the project schools in other countries. Amy Vigen would very much like to be a part of disseminating teaching practices and upgrading the teaching profession. This course would give her the perfect opportunity to disseminate good and new ideas. Lille Egede Friskole will immediately feel the advantages of Amy Vigen's participation in the Methodology course at ETI Malta.

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