Fogazzaro for Europe
Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2017
The secondary school, Liceo Fogazzaro, situated in Vicenza, Italy, boasts a population of 1632 students and a staff of 168 teaching and non-teaching staff.
The Erasmus + project developed by the school has as its main object the in-service training in languages and/or in methodology of teaching and non-teaching staff with the aim of creating a school which is orientated towards a European prospective. The competences we hope to achieve will allow administrative staff to introduce informed innovative practices and to better manage contacts with institutions abroad. Competences gained by teaching staff will instead feed back into the system, through improved teaching methods and classroom management, and ensure higher quality preparation of our students for their lives beyond the classroom – work and study both at home and abroad – as well as stimulating and reinforcing curricular activities and projects such as CLIL (content and language integrated learning), ESABAC syllabuses, cultural exchanges and study holidays.
The project has been studied from a ‘whole-school’, inclusive prospective – 13 staff from a variety of positions and roles will participate including the Head Teacher, CLIL and ESABAC teachers who are not language specialists, language teachers of different European languages who collaborate in CLIL and ESABAC projects, a special needs teacher and administrative personnel.
The main activities proposed are structured courses abroad which offer training in the areas of interest:
- Head teacher: language refresher course, observation and sharing of good managerial practices, exchange of ideas / strategies with European colleagues.
- CLIL and ESABAC teachers (non-language specialists): language skills development, CLIL methodology, observation and sharing of good teaching practices, exchange of ideas / strategies with European colleagues, establishing longer-term contacts with other schools and staff.
- Language teachers: language refresher courses, CLIL and language teaching methodology, observation and sharing of good teaching practices, exchange of ideas / strategies with European colleagues, establishing longer-term contacts with other schools and staff.
- Special needs teacher: language refresher courses, teaching methodology and strategies for special needs students, observation and sharing of good teaching practices, exchange of ideas / strategies with European colleagues.
- Administrative staff: language development courses, observation and sharing of administrative good practices.
Quality control of the project in all its phases will be achieved through monitoring mechanisms: an initial examination of the institution’s needs, selection of the personnel who will participate, choice of courses, contact with schools /training centres abroad, pre-course training / information, organisation of travel, accommodation, etc., evaluation of the impact on the school and its procedures, analysis and publication of results.
The expected outcomes include improved language skills, improved classroom methodology and improved administrative practices. The spreading and sharing of results will occur through conferences, publication on the school website and other appropriate media, in-service training meetings between colleagues and with colleagues from other schools.
Since the main training activities respond directly to perceived needs and since they involve a number of staff in key positions, the outcomes are expected to have a very positive effect on school procedures. We expect to see improvement in teaching skills, language skills and administrative skills and that this will have a backwash effect on our students’ learning skills and strategies, and consequently on the level and quality of competences achieved. It is expected that the CLIL and ESABAC projects will be those most deeply affected as they should improve in terms of quality and in terms of the quantity of students who can be involved in the projects. Other long-term benefits include all-round improvements in managerial and administrative skills, particularly regarding European projects and links.
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