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Enseigner l'anglais et s'ouvrir sur l'Europe grâce aux activités sportives
Start date: 01 Jul 2016, End date: 30 Jun 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Although our pupils are taught five years of English in elementary school, results of official A1 level tests aren't as good as we would like. Pupils are unable to use vocabulary and phrases they have been taught. Thus, our teaching seems ineffective.Students aren't very interested in learning English and don't get involved in lessons. We absolutely need to update our teaching techniques, using new tools and organizing European exchanges to see how pupils live elsewhere. We have chosen a workshop in Ireland called "Teaching English and interdisciplinarity". We think interdisciplinarity will make our language teaching more interesting. We could use English in daily situations such as weather forecasts, dates, school menus, etc... A training program in a foreign country will help us speak more fluently. We will learn new didactic tools using both the internet and traditional documents. European exchanges will help reach our goal of having pupils who are real European citizens. In our school, there are ten classes, two classes of each level. Teachers will work in pairs to choose one country to correspond with. So there could be five different countries to work with. The website eTwinning will help us find partners. For example, the youngest pupils (6 to 8 years old) may exchange with a French school in a close foreign country like Italy, Spain and the Netherlands in order to speak in French. The oldest students (8 to 10) may try to speak a little English. Some of them could correspond with pupils in Ireland to use what the teachers will have learnt during the European training. Others could work with German pupils to prepare for a future class at the secondary school. Our school has chosen an overall exchange topic to facilitate discussion within our school about each country : "sport activities at school". A school choir will learn five foreign songs. Pupils would then compare and contrast the different countries involved in the exchange to understand how different people can be. They will become more conscious of being European citizens. They'll better understand their own country and all they are learning about their language, traditions and lifestyle both in and out of school. At the end of the year, pupils and teachers will organize an exhibition and a musical show to share their work with parents. This great European experience will bring new teaching methods to our school. After several years, we'll be able to see whether students get better results on A1 level tests. We also hope learning about other countries will help our pupils feel more and more like European citizens.
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