Start date: Jul 1, 2015,
End date: Jun 30, 2017
The Secondary College (HTL) for Food Technology supports language training for teachers for the following reasons:
1. Cooperation with companies and partner organisations within Europe
By improving language skills the HTL for Food Technology will be able to intensify the cooperation with foreign partners. The organisation of field trips to foreign countries will bring technical background and knowledge of cultural differences to the students. Closer contact to other European companies of the specific industrial sector will improve the chances of our students on the labour market in the European Union.
2. Participation in international expert conferences and symposia
The HTL for Food Technology strives to bring its educational aims in line with the needs of the specific industry. To meet these requirements it is necessary to be well informed about the state of the art and if required to adapt the curricula in an appropriate way. Good language skills are essential for the comprehension of terminology and communication at conferences and symposia.
3. Professionalisation of CLIL
Since the school year 2014/15 teachers at the HTL have had to teach some parts of their lessons in English (CLIL =content and language integrated learning). Language training for teachers will certainly affect the quality of teaching immediately. Teaching in English will no longer be a burden, but an enrichment for teachers and students alike.
Altogether, 7 teachers will participate in staff trainings:
Mr Karl Lengauer teaches milling, food technology and process engineering. He is going to attend an expert conference in St. Petersburg in autumn 2015. He will take part in an English course in Malta. Basic knowledge of English and confident usage of spoken English will be helpful when teaching CLIL.
Ms Ursula Führer teaches inorganic and organic chemistry, biochemistry and gives lessons in chemical laboratory. She will take part in an “30+“-English course in London. The course serves as refreshment of basic knowledge of English. From next year on she will give CLIL-lessons in her subjects. She is also going to organise a field trip to Scotland with her students in the school year 2016/17
Ms Gisela Wenger teaches product engineering in biotechnology, both in theory and practice. She will participate in the business-English course “Communicating Effectively 1“ in London. This intensive training course also comprises presentation techniques, which are indispensable for school or work presentations at international conferences.
Mr Johann Kapplmüller teaches technology of baking, food technology and food processing. He is an expert in baking technology and is responsible for our cooperation with Italian companies. He will participate in a 2-week intensive course of Italian in Perugia.
Ms. Barbara Blauensteiner teaches chemistry and microbiology, both in theory and practice. She will take part in the English course “Better English for Teachers“ in Exeter. This course will support her in teaching CLIL. She is also going to organise a field trip to Ireland with her students next year.
Mr. Joseph Anderle teaches food technology and microbiology. He will attend the English course “Content and language integrated learning for secondary teachers“ in Exeter. With this training he will be well prepared for the CLIL-lessons concerning his subjects.
Ms Christine Stolz teaches Economics and Law. She will participate in the business-English course “Communicating Effectively 1“ in London. With this training she will be well prepared for the CLIL-lessons concerning her subjects.
The mentioned training courses will take place in summer 2015 and 2016. In terms of sustainability and dissemination the participants are supposed to write a report about the relevant course regarding organisation and effectivity, which they hand over to the projekt board.
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