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

Paidos is a Primary and Secondary School located in the town of Denia, north of the province of Alicante. 596 students are currently studying at the school and the teaching staff consists of 35 teachers. One of our priorities nowadays is the need to continually improve English teaching and classroom integration of new methodologies that support the development of basic skills.In order to improve the communicative competence in English language, the school belongs to the Plurilingual Schools Network since 2011 and has a plan for the gradual incorporation of sessions in English for non-linguistic subjects. At the moment, the school offers teachers English speaking workshops with native speakers and there are also many teachers who undertake private English lessons in order to improve their proficiency of the language. The effective incorporation of this program certainly requires qualified teaching staff and hence the need for training in this area. In this sense, the CLIL training courses will contribute in a very positive way to improve our teachers' English skills, directly affecting the implementation of our Multilingual Program.Our school has also coordinated two consecutive Comenius projects COMIC (2011-2013) and (2013-2014) and has participated in Individual Student Mobilities (2013-2014), which has helped bring the entire educational community closer to other European cultures, as well as raising awareness of the importance of improving language skills in the new Europe in which the coexistence of all members is a reality both at an academic and a professional level.With regard to the introduction of new methodologies in the classroom, INNOVA Group, coordinated by the school management team, was created in 2011. The main task of this group is to introduce innovative classroom methodologies such as cooperative work or project work in order to promote the development of key competences and multiple intelligences and thus achieve a significant and real learning, based on research, observation and manipulation, ultimately learning to prepare students for a globalized world where languages and new technologies are of vital importance to access the job market.For this reason it is a priority for us to observe how they work in other schools with proven experience in the use of this methodology, like Gistrup Skole, since it will certainly allow us to learn from its actual implementation in the classroom, new evaluation tools or new technologies and how to use them in the classroom and thus incorporate or enhance those aspects which may be optimal for improving the quality of teaching. The competences and knowledge that are intended to be improved are the entrepreneurial competence, providing quality teaching-learning process from innovative and creative actions, and language proficiency in English, from new techniques, tools and resources for teaching English on the one hand, and knowledge of techniques of cooperative work or project work and the use of new technologies in the classroom on the other hand.The training will be aimed at the INNOVA group coordinators, English teachers and those who teach in English, teachers with e-twinning projects and teachers taking part in European projects. The staff will be informed in the INNOVA sessions.The project will be spread using the school web page, e-twinning and the social networks. Parents, students and the education community will be able to get access to all the information through these informative publications or meetings. Other schools administrations and the educational inspection will be invited to join the meetings. We will also inform the local and regional media, CEFIRE (training, innovation and other resources Center in the Valencian Community) and we will notify our community schools and the Headmasters meeting of the Educational Authorities.The project's impact will be assessed in an objective way through an initial, intermediate and final evaluation, considering three main indicators: level of English, using new methodologies in the classroom and development of interdisciplinary projects. The evaluation will be addressed to teachers and students and will be essential in order to know the real impact of the project in the classroom.The evaluation of this project will allow us to analyze the impact troughout the two-year working period, however, the effort does not end here. Progress, the frantic pace of social transformation require education to evolve. European citizenship, foreign language teaching, new methodologies that support the development of skills, new technologies... all these different aspects are needed nowadays for a student to confront successfully the hard task of entering the labor market. We intend these to be our trademark.
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