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One week course for European teachers of English at secondary level
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The 'atheneum Boom' belongs to the educational network of public schools. Our school has 612 pupils. We are a progressive and enterprising school with special interest in language acquisition and world citizenship. The course for European teachers of English at secondary level takes place in the old capital of Scotland and focusses on the integration of 'landeskunde' in the English lessons and the optimalisation of foreign language acquisition: how to motivate pupils, how to teach English as a foreign language and how to master English as well as possible. Our school is represented by a duo: Ellen Van Reeth and Dilys Vyncke. Ellen is an English teacher who is also responsible for the equal chances policy (GOK) and the language policy of our school and Dilys works as a pedagogical advisor for modern foreign languages and is also regional advisor for our school. Ellen and Dilys have been working together closely for two years to improve the school policy with regard to equal chances, language policy en internal quality assurance. The course consists of several workshops per day on teaching English as a foreign language and advanced language practice. It also contains an illustrated lecture on Scottish history & traditions, a walking tour of Dunfermline - acquaintance session with the other participants and an educational visit to Edinburgh (guided walking tour and visit of the National Museum of Scotland and the National Gallery of Scotland). Ellen and Dilys also plan on attending the “Edinburgh International Festival and Festival Fringe”, which has an enormous offer of literary and cultural activities, which would be a huge asset for their work as a teacher and an advisor. By attending this course we hope to be able to motivate our pupils better to study foreign languages, English in particular, and we expect to be able to offer them more authentic and better teaching materials. Our main purpose is to teach our pupils good English and to convince them of the importance of lifelong learning. We are planning on multiplying our knowledge and skills through meetings within the school and with the other schools belonging to the group of schools 'Rivierenland' and also through refresher courses for other teachers. It is our aim to reach as many teachers as possible.

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