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Educational focus on language and the didactic process in a European perspective
Start date: Aug 1, 2014, End date: Jul 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Context/background: To reinforce the European perspective on vocational training schools and as a part of the process of lifelong learning and globalization. To strive to increase an interest in the learning and implementation of languages with the intention to enable students to reach a higher level of confidence and find new perspectives on the world around us. This will support the idea of active citizenship in Europe equipping learners with skills and attitudes necessary for personal fulfillment and vocational development also gathering the benefits of modern and inovative techniques. Objectives: We aim to decrease the number of students who terminate their studies before completion. By changing their attitude to education through internationalization, students would thereby be encouraged to fulfill their studies. This presupposes that in order to reach our goal an increasing number of teachers from the different national programmes should be given the opportunity of exchanging experience with colleagues from other countries. Also to extend their competence though participating in language courses and keep abreast of changes in life and society, educational systems and language development. To gain a variety of new teaching ideas and improve/perfect their language skills. Participants: Teachers will participate in international study programmes as well as job shadowing. We will reach our set goals when teachers increase their knowledge through recent research on education and exchanging ideas with colleagues from other countries. Description of activities and methodology: Our global world requires our students to find motivation to communicate in English as the labor market has been widely extended. Our teachers should provide the motivation and inspiration which will eventually lead to a more qualified education and better results for the students. Furthermore this will give our school a decidedly more powerful position in the competitive situation between schools today. Consequently the teachers need to be updated on the latest educational developments of the English language. Teachers should be provided with teaching ideas and be given the opportunity to practice designing activities for classroom activities relating to different aspects of Life in Britain Today (e.g. youth culture, popular culture, the media, politics). Impact and longer term benefits: To achieve a deeper knowledge regarding similarities and differences in educational issues, overall subjects and be given the opportunity of exchanging experience and ideas as well as to develop links with teachers from other European countries. Internationalization should permeate the intercultural education of our school through teachers sharing newly gained competence and learning skills with colleagues. This will benefit our school in a longer term perspective resulting in an enrichment through a greater understanding of different cultures. We strive to reach harmony in our goals for a sustainable development of our school and society in accordance with other learning institutions in Europe not only on the social level in reference to the multicultural school environment. Furthermore from an environemental perspective we should constantly take a stand to issues of climactic nature and take precautionary measure as to preserving our resources. Equality, social integration, human rights and a sustainable development will lead to a more widened EU-perspective.
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