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Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2016
Virgen de la Peña School, belonging to Educere Foundation, is located in Bembibre (province of León). At present, there are 485 students , 44 teachers and98 administrative and service staff.
A bilingual project has been held in our school for the last four years, which is currently implementedfrom 1st to 5th Grade of Primary Education. Aditionally we have been applying the Co-operative Learning methodology and Multiple Intelligences for the last two years. This is the main focus of our teacher training activities.
There is a lack of correlation between both subject and language contents in the bilingual section. Very few European dimension boosting activities can be properly devoloped in the classroom. There is no clear agreement on how to lift up students’ linguistic intelligence through all the curricular subjects. To solve that, we need create a document with an effective strategy for linguistic intelligence improvement: the School Linguistic Project. This document will unify and provide consistency to all the linguistic standards to be applied in every subject.
NUMBER AND PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS
Training for twelve teachers who teach or will be teaching content subjects in the bilingual section, Foreign Languages and Communicative Skills is requested .
Selected teachers' profile and training needs:
- Primary teachers who currently teach in the bilingual section (CLIL training , improving their language skills).
- Primary teachers who will be teaching content subjects subjects in the bilingual section from 2015-16 on (CLIL training , improving their language skills).
- Secondary teachers who will be teaching content subjects subjects in the bilingual section from 2016-17 on (CLIL training , improving their language skills).
- Teachers who currently teach English or French (language training methodology , improving their language skills).
- Teachers who currently teach Spanish Language -mother tongue- (methodology to develop communicative skills and linguistic intelligence).
- Members of the Bilingualism Department (acquisition of organisational strategies).
- Members of the Foreign Languages Department (acquisition of organisational strategies).
- Members of the Spanish Language Department (acquisition of organisational strategies).
- Other staff (methodology to develop communicative skills and linguistic intelligence).
Teachers will participate in training activities within the mobility action staff education. The courses, taking place in the UK, France and Malta for two weeks, will address the topics of CLIL methodology , Foreign Language subjects methodology and linguistic skills development.
METHODOLOGY USED TO CARRY OUT THE PROJECT
This project is focused on a two-tier methodology: theoretical and practical. Firstly, by participating in the training activities, we pursue the acquisition of notions and theoretical concepts that let teachers reflect on the learning process in the different subjects. On the other hand, teachers will participate in hands-on activities.
We will also follow this dual-focus approach in the activities developed after the training activities, as a reflection process followed by its implementation in the classroom is required.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE OUTCOME AND IMPACT EXPECTED
After participating in these activities, methodological changes in both content and language subjects will arise.
Additionally, documents such as the Bilingual Section Project will be revised and modified, being possible the inclusion of new documents as well (e.g. School English and French Literacy Plan) and the School Linguistic Project.
A three-point impact is expected :
- Participating teachers will improve their communication skills as well as their teaching competence.
- This project will boost the school's status as a bilingual and innovative methodology-focused school, which will enhance significantly improve the quality of its educative offer. Its internal operations will also be improved. Opportunity to collaborate and participate in other cooperative projects will be provided.
- The learning process will be more consistent and students will benefit from this, and consequently they will be more motivated and improve their academic results.
POSSIBLE LONG TERM BENEFITS
As a reflection of the improvement in quality and internal operations, our students will be better trained, and they will benefit from better opportunities in their future educative and working perspectives.
Aadditionally, the school will be strengthened as an innovative, bilingual center, which will be valued by families and will revert to an increase in enrollment of new students.
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