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Going deeper: Taking our competences and confidence in teaching in English to the next level
Start date: 17 Aug 2016, End date: 16 Aug 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Two of the main tenents of our school's mission are early English and internationalisation. We take every measure possible to work toward helping our school team develop competences and skills to be equipped to carry out these objectives. Nearly all of our teachers have taken part in the English Teachers Training Programme, and most would like to hone their skills even further and continue their professional development for the benefit of themselves and their students. This project will enable a core group of 9 team members to be immersed in a week long cultural and educational exchange where they'll obtain new insight, first hand experience with internationalisation, hands on activities to be implemented in their classrooms and through immersion in an English speaking environment, improve their own level and confidence in communicating in English. Methodology to be used in this course is a combination of theory, which is the basis for good practice, principles behind content based learning, and classroom didactics with a focus on age-appropriate lesson ideas geared toward achieving specific communication goals. The method for imporving English speaking skills is immersion in an English environment the whole week, in and outside of the classroom. Results of the course will be refreshed and inspired teachers who will be eager to apply their new skills and activties in the classroom. We will have the teachers who participated in the program work with a group of other teachers in our school so they can share their newly acquired skills, allowing more teachers and children to benefit from the project. This support of staff will lead to fulfilling our vision of having a confident, competent and internationally minded school team who can comfortably teach 15% (or 30%) of their lessons in English. It is our belief that the positive attitudes and advanced abilities of our teachers will help develop students with a strong English foundation, who at the end of their primary school time are able to communcate confidently and effortlessly in English, which will open many doors for their future in Holland, throughout Europe and the rest of the world.
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