Ja mówię, Ty mówisz...We speak
Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2016
As part of the project, "I say, you say ... We speak" five teachers employed in Public Primary School in Dobieszyn travelled to Ireland to participate in English language courses.
Four of the teachers: Aneta Menducka, Dorota Wasek, Elżbieta Piasek and Sławomira Jędrych, participated in the general English language course. Their goal was to gain knowledge of basics of English, which they could use during lessons.
The English teacher , p . Gaca Katarzyna took part in the training "A methodological course for non -native teachers ," the main objective was to promote the interaction of the participants , which is why classes took the form of teamwork stimulating creative thinking and exchange of experience . During the course, participants compared traditional and most commonly used methods for teachers to methods and alternative theories . During the various sessions there was an opportunity to learn innovative methods, approaches, techniques, and a bank of multimedia materials , which are used in a modern education.
During the courses the teachers had an opportunity to learn about modern working methods. It improved their teaching workshop which was a benefit for students of the school. This led to the improvement of a standard of teaching and the school educational offer, which is important because school is located in a small village, where access to valuable school education is difficult.
The realization of the project was divided into three stages. During the initial stage there was created the communication base as a part of the project. On the school website there was announcement about the task, relevant notifications were sent to the partner institutions and IT teacher created an online communication platform for the purposes of the project. The participants of the course were prepared for the trip paying special attention to a content, cultural and linguistic aspects. At the same time, the hired company took care of the appropriate travel logistics.
The second stage was the period of staying of the teachers in Ireland, where they participated in the course and established contacts with potential partners in international projects planned for implementation in the future. At the same time the teachers collected teaching materials and monitor their progress, using previously prepared questionnaire. When the course finishes, the teachers returned to Poland and they got an European certificate - Europass Language Passport.
When the teachers returned to Poland, project entered into the evaluation and dissemination stage. Teachers systematized collected teaching materials and prepared a multimedia presentation that was available to whom it may concern during informational meetings organized by the school. Teachers made self-assessment, using prepared questionnaire and they prepared a report for the head teacher about the trip. There also was carried out an exam that verified language skills acquired by participants during the course. Teachers used techniques learned during the course in everyday teaching process and they monitored their effectiveness.
As part of the dissemination of the results of the project, school hold a summative meeting for teachers and other interested people. There were methodological workshops for teachers conducted by the participants, the presentation about the project and methods of teaching, an open class and discussions with the participants. Teachers also prepared a brochure about planning and realization of the project. It was distribute to the partner institutions. The last stage of the task was preparing a final report and accounting expenses.
Apart from the obvious advantages of improving qualifications of teaching staff, the project also brought long-term profits to school. A valuable aspect of the task was the opportunity to establish international contacts. Participants met teachers from other countries, from who they didn’t only draw knowledge and ideas possible to use in everyday practice, but also they may become partners in various educational projects. A participation in such international projects will provide the opportunity to improve our students’ language skills, eg. by participating in foreign exchanges.
Thanks to the project students, teachers and parents could find out about the opportunities of development and education offered by European Union. Other school workers found that each of them has the opportunity to participate in courses funded by European Union. What is more our school is seen as an institution open to cooperate and fully benefiting from the experience of others. The project contributed to the growth of prestige in the local community, as a school where teachers care about their development and self-improvement.
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