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Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Have you already heard about the European cross section? The Wijnpers is a secondary school of the province of Vlaams-Brabant, with professional, technical and artistic training modules and it accommodates 600 students between the ages of 12 and 20. The school stands out with education in specific areas as biotechnology, zoology, environmental and horticultural studies, a specialized refrigeration/cooling and heating division and applied arts and art education. The Wijnpers chooses for quality education starting from the abilities and talents of the students. Over the last couple of years we ensured a strong expansion of project work, a thorough induction of the workplace, internships and possibilities to connect with the labour market. The aim is to let our students graduate with success, reduce school dropouts as much as possible and offer them opportunities within their future career. The foundation of a seventh grade (vocational education) and the Se-n-Se-year on the one hand agricultural and green management and on the other in graphic design (additional seventh years after technical and artistic secondary education) fit within this framework. Based on their recent policy choices, the Wijnpers wants to profile itself as an international, multicultural and open-minded institution and with those aims in mind, we want to extend the internal workings of the school. Our strategic aim is that students need to encounter at least two years of international experiences and succeed to use foreign languages in a functional way. It is an ambitious goal since the Wijnpers’ population has a lot of socially vulnerable students and students with learning disabilities. Therefore, the school will start with a CLIL-course, language exchange and e-twinning and they will continue their ongoing tradition of multi-day study tours and project weeks to European cultural capitals abroad. This project situates itself within three different areas, all in line with the major objectives of the school’s vision: a training of the starting CLIL-tea, long internships abroad for students of the 7th grade (preceded by intensive training) and a targeted training of all the specialist teachers involved. The aim of foreign training and internships is to offer the students enough broad experience and to motivate them for a course and employment in engineering, science and multimedia. It is expected that the project will provide a significant increase in motivation, practical language skills, learning and working abilities and choice ability of young adults so that their chances of further study or work career will rise significantly. The training of teachers has to cause a multiplying effect, both in terms of teaching abilities and as the internationalization of the school. The specific training of the CLIL-team, concerning the teaching methodology and the active language skills will result in strong professional results of all the teachers involved, an essential condition for the success of the CLIL-trajectory and the school’s general stand on the (foreign) language policy. For the school and their foreign partners this project will function as a learning curve, within which knowledge, contacts and experience will be exchanged. This addition can be, after positive evaluation and corrections by the quality caretakers, extended in the future and will lead to more extensive collaborations and new projects.
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