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Interkulturelle Begegnungen mit Hilfe neuer Technologien am Abendgymnasium Stuttgart
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The "Abendgymnasium Stuttgart" is a private secondary school for adult education with currently about 450 scholars. It enables working adults to take the "Fachhochschulreife" and the "Abitur" (equivalent to A-levels or baccalaureat or Matura). For many of our scholars this is not only an essential opportunity to clearly improve their career perspective but also for social participation and integration. About 70% of our scholars have a so-called migration background, whereby the majority originates from (Eastern) Europe. By applying for this EU-grant our school would like to support ten English language teachers who wish to advance their foreign language, intercultural and IT competences and are prepared to utilize them to the betterment of the school. Moreover, by attending teacher training courses with international participation abroad (Canterbury, England), at a school accredited by the British Council ("Pilgrims") which is renowned for high quality courses and a mix of teachers attending from all over Europe, we hope to get new contacts for our school. In addition to the participation in training events new contacts with teachers from other European countries can be made with the aim of creating a (digital) school partnership, from which our students could directly benefit. Increased training needs arise from the specific curricular requirements in the face of a very diverse student body, made up of adults of different ages, different backgrounds, educational background and professional orientation. In particular the subject English plays a key role in our school not only due to its relevance to the career prospects of the scholars, but also because it opens up prospects to the scholars in a globalized world. To match up to the task, teachers must be additionally trained not only in their traditional department but also to make use of opportunities to use new media for teaching. With the introduction of partially internet-based learning ("Abitur online") and by reducing face-to-face teaching times to new groups of students, the "Abendgymnasium Stuttgart" would like to respond to the changing conditions in the workplace that demands an increasing time and spacial flexibility of many employees which made school attendance impossible in the past. The planned training activities in the field of computer-aided learning and cultural studies (three one or two week courses within the next two years) at a recognized English training institution should enable the participating colleagues to get new impulses for (computer-/ internet-based) instruction and to create new teaching material designed for our specific needs, whereby these colleagues will be supported linguistically and contentiously by native speakers. The participating teachers will have a multiplying function, i.e. to distribute their knowhow within the school, because in addition to the project leader, the deputy school director and the head of the English department will participate in the training.

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