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OCA: observar, compartir, aprender
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The "Escuela Oficial de Idiomas" (EOI) is a State-run Language School with about 7000 students and 100 teachers in11 language departments which certify lthe A2, B1, B2 y C1 levels of the CEFR. The EOI is also a teacher training school through CALC and CEFOR courses.After having analized the staff training necessities, the main reason to apply for this project is to offer the 10% of the EOI teachers the possibility of updating their knowledge and methodology in order to improve their motivation in the classroom and their professional competences. This will lead to a shared experience with their colleagues at the EOI, which will undoubtedly help improve the outcomes in the students' performance. As for the participants' profile we would like to point out that they are specialists in foreign languages who are aware of their responsibility for updating their knowledge and sharing it with their peers. For the training courses: - Teachers interested in upgrading their methodological and linguistic competences to improve their teaching and with the commitment of sharing their experience with the other teachers.- Teachers interested in producing exam-oriented tasks for the levels of thr CEFR, who are willing to train the rest of the staff. As for the Jobshadow:-Teachers interested in peer observation in similar institutions in order to share best practices.Activities to be developed Teacher training courses. Topic:- Foreign language update, especially expert levels.- Teaching methodology.- Finding resources and writing exam-oriented tasks for their certificates.Jobshadow (10-day agreement between partners )Activities- Class observation- Best practice exchange- Videoconferences among institutions - Video presentations- Future cooperation.The expected results are an upgrade in the teaching practice along with the motivation and participation of the students through authentic materials or situations. There will be also an updating in the linguistic competences that will guarantee the best quality in the certificates.Regarding the impact, the improvement in the skills and knowledge of the participants will benefit the whole learning community, as it will be perceived in the school management, teaching practice and further collaborations with other European institutions. The dissemination of the outcomes will be shown in several training conferences as well as through online tools, which will multipy the impact of this project from local to regional, national and eventulaly internationally.
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