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Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our project is a Program for the Improvement of Language and Teaching Skills, aimed at the training of Institute Fray Pedro de Urbina Bilingual Section teachers. This section is composed of 12 teachers from 6 departments offering both English and three other CLIL subjects for course to students from seven groups and four years of Secondary Education (120 students this year). Based on a previous analysis by members of the Bilingual Section of training requirements, they are scheduled two basic lines of activity: 1) Those which are integrated into a Continuing Training Seminar that develops throughout the course , with meetings on a weekly basis (one hour) in which all the members of the Bilingual Section participate and are preferably carried out in English (supported by the assistant of language teacher or native personnel). This seminar activities fit different kind: RPGs , little lectures, discussions, viewing of audiovisual material... but all aimed at strengthening communication skills of teachers in English. Also lectures and workshops on specific topics we consider necessary to improve our training (phonetics, e- twinning) are programmed. The titles of the seminars held so far and this year being developed are: - Brushing up our English methodology. - Updating methodology and resources. - Updating our English competence. 2) Those which are provided as training courses in several foreign institutions, where the teachers of the Section will go outside the academic year (late June to mid-September). We have followed contrasting and pooled criteria to select among all institutions to which we will go, based on our previous experience with them, their career, the information collected and the type of courses we need. Specifically for this period we have selected, in a first approach, several courses from the following institutions: - PILGRIMS (Teacher training), Canterbury, UK. - BELL, Cambridge, UK. - INTERNATIONAL STUDY PROGRAMMES, Cheltenham, UK - MARLBOROUGH COLLEGE SUMMER SCHOOL, Marlborough, UK. The results we expect are two-fold , both intangible (more knowledge, better language skills) as more apprehended, such as reports, training materials, e -learning tools or new contacts. No doubt this will benefit our teaching and, therefore, our students , although secondarily we will offer the results to other colleagues through the Center for Teachers (CFIE) or from our website or our blog. In any event, it must have analytical tools that tell us the medium to long term real impact of the program and we plan to use this type indicators as follows: - Number of participating teachers. - Training certified hours . - Final evaluation reports prepared by the participants. - Pooling and evaluation of materials or new methods, by the permanent training seminar integrating Bilingual Section teachers. - Increased participation of our school (teachers and students) in European programs and competitions (CERN, European Parliament, Euroscola...).
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