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Förderung des bilingualen Unterrichts in der HAK Liezen
Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Bundeshandelsakademie/Bundeshandelsschule (BHAK/BHAS) Liezen is a vocational business college and certified by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Women’s Affairs to award the distinguished „European Business Baccalaureate Diploma” to qualified students (also from other schools) beginning in academic year 2016/17. For this reason, and because of a recently created newcomers class for unaccompanied young refugees who communicate partly in English, it is essential to increase the number of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) hours and to raise the general level of English of teachers in these classes. The project “Promotion of Bilingual Teaching in the BHAK Liezen,” will provide participating teachers with the necessary knowledge and skills which they will then pass on to students in CLIL courses at the school. Through their expanded individual skills it will be possible for the participants on the one hand to handle teaching situations with more flexibility and more self-confidence. On the other hand, they will be able to put new teaching and learning methods into practice. Accordingly, the motivation of students should also increase. The participants will function as preceptors and will share the results of the language courses with their colleagues at conferences and section meetings, and they will incorporate these new skills in their daily teaching. The five selected educators have taught for many years and are dedicated faculty members from various subject areas covering most of curriculum taught in our school. These include commercial business classes, natural sciences, maths, geography, history, international economic and cultural regions.A two week language course for teachers at the secondary level has been booked for July 2016 at Bell Cambridge, UK. The course serves to improve individual skills and to impart principles of teaching and methodology for using English in CLIL courses.The opportunity to study abroad within the European Union will reinforce intercultural exchange on a day-to-day basis and in conversation with other teachers. The intended result of our proposed activities is two-fold. First, there is the possibility to expand the number of CLIL hours offered by qualified teachers, thereby ensuring a steady implementation of the distinguished EBBD in the school. Additionally, it will encourage communication with students who cannot (yet) follow courses taught in the German language.Moreover, students who choose to write a graduation thesis in English as part of the requirements for the Austrian leaving examination (Reife- and Diplomprüfung) can benefit if project supervisors are equally well-versed in their subjects in English. In this way, the quality of diploma theses can be guaranteed.
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