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English Language Teaching Methology for Non-Native English Language Teachers
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

At the Märkische Grundschule, Staatliche Europaschule Berlin (State Europe-School Berlin), the students aged about 6 to 12 are taught bilingually in German and French by native speakers. In contrast to the usual primary schools in Berlin the teaching of English doesn't start until the 5th year, but after six school years, at the end of primary school, the students ought to be at the same level like the other primary schools, which started their English lessons at the 3rd year. This special aspect requires optimal teaching methods with a high quality, and it represents a special professional challenge. For this task there is a teacher available at our institution, who concentrates exclusively on the teaching of English, its methology and contents. This teacher is trying to optimize her professional qualification by continued and consequent training activities. We expect that the English lessons are held on a high level of language competence, as our students have high expectations due to their bilingualism. A foreign language must be trained and used constantly, therefore we consider it indispensable that appropriate training courses are carried out recurrently. Therefore we'd like her to attend a special "Teacher Training Course", where linguistic as well as didactic, methodical aspects will be focused. Also the use of elctronic media should be one topic. This measure is expected to enable us to continue the English lessons on a high level despite the delayed start of the teaching of English. It is expected that the results of this training course are documented or taken into account in the intern school curriculum to approach the specific features of the English lessons at our school. By the interaction and the contact with teachers of English from other European countries the European dimension, our school's guiding principle, can be extended.

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