The Project “Educational Kaleidoscope” is directed at the implementation of the goals underlying the school’s European Development Plan reflecting the school’s needs as the only institution in the region with priorities in the systematic study of foreign languages leading to harmonious personality development and knowledge accumulation on behalf of the students. The goals facing the institution envisage the working collaboration between the pedagogical staff being the conductor on the one side, and the student community being the receiver on the other, of the range of contemporary teaching innovations and acquisitions awaiting their proper demonstration before and adoption by the teachers in order to inspire new teaching approaches to practically each subject on the curriculum. Namely the aspirations of this process are:
1. Stimulation of foreign language teaching as a key element of the school’s curriculum through enhancement of the professional qualification of FL and CLIL teachers focused on the acquirement and application of contemporary teaching methods and approaches;
2. Adoption and sharing of good teaching practices and innovations highlighting the utilization of modern information and communication technologies as a universal teaching tool in addition to the techniques of modern methodology leading to creation of prerequisites for the development of the students’ creative nature and potential;
3. Development of the school in an international aspect through its participation in international projects, trainings and other kinds of interaction directed at the acquirement of European quality dimensions of the teaching service it offers.
The proposed two mobilities starting on July 20th, 2015, and ending on July 31st, 2015, are designed to strengthen and update foreign language and CLIL teaching methods. Both training events take place in International House London, UK. Having in mind the participants’ profiles featuring a senior English teacher and a young CLIL teacher in physics, we have concentrated on these activities:
1. Overbuilding the existing amount of knowledge and skills pertaining to secondary school English language teaching by taking part in:
a) Course for Practical Teachers of English at secondary level with focus on practical approaching to teaching and directed at updating the information about modern methodological developments highlighting the task-based learning approach and the integration of computer assisted language learning, fun and thought provoking methods and traditional teaching basics leading to better performance on behalf of both teachers and students in everyday class activities and in examinations;
2. Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), which is aimed at developing an awareness and understanding of the key principles of CLIL and exploring ways of integrating subject and language learning. The candidate will also be introduced to ways of teaching the functional language necessary for the subject matter and to techniques for correcting oral and written learner errors. Last but not least, the young CLIL teacher will learn how to use technology to enhance learning and will also explore different approaches to testing and the opportunities of project work to develop practical applications of the subject matter in and outside the classroom.
The participants in both courses will be able to design and develop their own subject matter to use back in their classrooms.
The project will be implemented under the monitoring of both school head and training institutions after due participant registration, acquaintance with course programmes and conduction of preparation. The communication within the project will be held via e-mails and on the telephone. The training institutions issue certificates to each course participant and endorse Europass for validation of participants’ competences.
The expected results from the project envisage general strengthening of the overall pedagogical staff’s potential for involved and devoted teaching and ensuing heightened motivation for action both in class and in creative extracurricular activities on the part of the students leading to higher levels of knowledge and subsequent successful realisation after school graduation. The enlargement of the outlook on other national cultures and models of behaviour of both teachers and students in result of the shared international experience and the touch to the acquisitions of long-standing democracies and education systems can ensure the development of active citizens with modern attitudes to educational and cultural values. The expected longer term benefits involve the creation of future international partnerships and the establishment of the school as an important foreign language school in the region.
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