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PEACE-E : Pratiques et échanges académiques de culture et d'éducation en langues vivantes en Europe
Start date: Jul 1, 2016, End date: Jun 30, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The PEACE-E project focuses on the professional development of school education staff who are specialized in the training of primary school teachers in a large area of Normandy which concerns 192,000 pupils. The inspectors who initiated the project relied on data that show the need to improve foreign language teaching practices in elementary schools. It aims at improving pupil outcomes and enhancing the knowledge of international projects so as to develop a European citizenship. The main objectives are, on the one hand, to think practical teaching methods up in order to develop pupils’ abilities to communicate, be responsible and use IT technology, and, on the other hand, to improve practice assessment.An Academic consortium has been set up in order to enable about fifty teacher trainers to specialize in foreign language teaching so that they may become resource persons for the " Académie ". The coordinator is an organization of the " Rectorat de Rouen ", the " GIP FCIP ", which will manage the administrative and financial aspects in close collaboration with the European and international relations and cooperation division (Dareic). Two schools participate in the projet, one school per county.The participants have been selected according to their involvement and ability to take part in teacher training for both inexperienced or seasoned primary school teachers. Inspectors, educational advisers, teacher trainers, school principals, ICT leaders, primary teachers are involved in the project, The presence of secondary school teachers and teacher trainers strengthens professional relationships and ensures continuity in the curriculum of initial training.The project takes place over two years in order to guarantee a strong involvement of the participants who will work in teams. A timetable for regular meetings will enable them to prepare the actions and disseminate the results throughout the educational community.It is based on two axes :- structured courses in Great Britain so as to strengthen language capability and cultural knowledge ;- job shadowing in partner schools in Europe in order to identify good teaching practices and learn about other educational systems. We expect an impact on several levels : - as regards the participants, linguistic and cultural skills will be strengthened. Moreover, they will disseminate innovative practices to enhance the teaching of foreign languages, mainly English, in the initial or continuing training of primary school teachers ;- schools are expected to develop European citizenship actions, with an increase of international projects, particularly thanks to the eTwinning platform ;- as for the pupils, we expect improved foreign language abilities, as well as a stronger feeling of belonging to the European Union.In the long term, this project will enable a better link between the training teams of the two countries involved. Professional skills will be improved and the pupils concerned by this project should find it easier to validate the A1, or even A2 level at the end of elementary school.

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