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

We are a primary school in the city of Guadalajara, which has been developing a bilingual project for over 20 years. Currently our school is very prestigious and it is the public school in the highest demand in our area. The parents have a lot of trust in the school but at the same time demand the education to be of the highest quality for their children. This ensures that the faculty feels the need for constant training and actively participates in everything different administrations offer for this purpose. We have eight teachers interested in this project: two of whom are English teachers who will attend a training course to improve their linguistic competencies in English. To this end, we will contact the company that provides these courses and sign up for one which fits in with the areas the teachers wish to improve. Another 3 of the teachers work in infant’s education, some of whom have English qualifications and will visit Parson Primary school in Bristol to observe how they teach reading in English. In our school we teach reading in English, and students from four years old learn the sounds. We consider it important to see how to apply the synthetic phonological method in England. Two teachers wish to learn more about how to use TIC in the areas of Science and Arts. We know that Parson Primary school in Bristol uses a lot of programs in these areas and we see an opportunity to observe which materials and methodologies they use to improve areas such as the organisation of our school. These teachers are part of the management team and are also English teachers. The faculty will develop some objectives about what they want to achieve. During the stay they will keep records of their experiences, especially the most impactful ones. Upon finishing, they will make a report and have meetings with the rest of the teaching team with the aid of a presentation of what they have learnt, and the colleagues will fill in a poll to assess their learning and to discuss how to use the findings in the day to day running of the school. Also the teachers who take part in the project will request a meeting with the multilingual services of our education delegation to present their experiences and to give a favourable or unfavourable judgement. At the same time, the management team will carry out a report and will spread word of the project to AMPA, the local media; including radio and the press, and will facilitate the organisation of the school and the mobility of the teachers. It will select the teachers who follow the criteria clearly and fairly, known by everyone. The impact of the project will be great because we hope to improve linguistic competency, and give our teaching a higher quality by applying what we have learnt. We also hope to have the opportunity to improve our educational materials with new computer software. Recognition of the educational community will definitely enrich us culturally through the visit to another European country. To compare our educative systems and curriculums will give us a positive lesson, and give a European dimension to our school, and to our work.
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