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Dynamiser l'enseignement de l'anglais et s'ouvrir sur l'Europe à l'école élémentaire
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The two teachers selected for this program currently teach CP and CE1 (7 and 8 years old) in a public school in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France (50 000 inhabitants. They already have a few years of experience teaching English in their classrooms. As one of their colleagues did in October 2014, they participated in a training course held in Great Britain and designed for European teachers from elementary schools. They feel that being immersed in an English speaking country and in direct contact with other European colleagues allowed them both to improve their language skills and discover different teaching methods used in other European countries. Their stay in the UK also provided them with genuine English documents that will be great additions to their school’s teaching material supply. They set objectives in line with the direction their school wishes to go in for linguistics: provide students with more tools to enrich their vocabulary through the creation of an interactive English dictionary over the 5 years of elementary school. From a cultural standpoint, they hope to further connect their school with European culture by creating a choir and learn traditional English and European songs. Finally, they will use the school’s Numerical Working Space as a database for English-language resources, as well as a communication network to exchange with European partners. The teaching staff is now well equipped to build a coherent and efficient program in order to allow all students to achieve the CECRL level A1, and initiate them to European citizenship. Before their trip, they refreshed their English skills, read specific English material and coordinated the logistics required for such a program, listing objectives and needs. During the training program, they took intensive English classes to improve their linguistics skills, collected many documents that will be used in their classrooms (photos, videos…) and visited many cultural sites. Of course, all that time was also used to exchange with and learn from other European teachers. Especially important and relevant were the three days of lectures they attended, where they could experience and understand the teaching style of British professors. After the trip, they organized and mutualized the documents they brought back and shared their impressions with both colleagues that participated in the trip and others from their school. They started using the new material in class and feel more confident when teaching English to their students. Their created the aforementioned choir and started a thematic dictionary in each class. One of the topics they now address is how school works in other countries, and use this as a starting point to discover their cultures. They began corresponding via email with colleagues they met during the trip, from Estonia and Italy. They hope to be able to organize a written correspondence between students starting in Fall 2016, potentially through the online platform eTwinning.
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