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Lernmobilität der Englischfachlehrerin und Fachleiterin für Englisch in der Grundschule
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Background for applying for the project grant is the need for life-long learning as part of the profession of a foreign language teacher. Despite the possibilities that the use of new media like the Internet offers, a stay in the home of English is of utmost importance for succeeding in the job. Only in a birthplace of a language one can experience intercultural learning and gain the most from connecting with other European foreign language teachers. Personal contact with the participants of a language course is an important instrument of continuous professional development, especially in the age of new media. Communication and authenticity thrives of personal encounters and commitment over at least a timeframe of two weeks. Therefore a language course, as offered by the Edinburgh School of Language, is the perfect place for an intercultural exchange. Staying in a host family further strengthens the effectiveness, as the language is used in a real life context. The applicant can draw from two experiences gained from language courses in the United Kingdom. Edinburgh as a destination however, is new to the applicant, as is Scotland, an important part of the United Kingdom. For delivering a high standard of education in Germany a thorough knowledge Scotland is necessary, as it forms a very important and distinguished part of the United Kingdom. For the applicant a distinct knowledge of this part of the United Kingdom is necessary, both for her teaching of a foreign language with authenticity at a German primary school, as well as training foreign language teachers in Thuringia. In both her roles as subject teacher and head of subject teachers Anja Stitz has a high need of on-going professional education, which can only be addressed with training in an English speaking country. Anja will organise the course by her own means, making sure that any leanings and results from the course will be effectively circulated within the school and beyond after the language course. To achieve that, she will effectively use the resources in-house, the knowledgeable staff and her access to a foreign languages assistant. It is envisaged that the project will be of long-term use.

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