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Повишаване на качеството на преподаване на английски език на възрастни чрез въвеждане на нови информационни и комуникационни технологии и оптимизиране на академичния мениджмънт
Start date: Jul 1, 2015, End date: Jun 30, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project RAISING QUALITY AWARENESS IN TEACHING ENGLISH TO ADULTS THROUGH INTRODUCTION OF NEW INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND OPTIMIZATION OF ACADEMIC MANAGEMENT is focused on two main areas for improvement: - The active introduction and integration of the latest IT in the overall teaching activity of the Centre, optimization of the teaching process in technological aspect and raising teachers’ IT competence. - Updating and improving the styles of academic management and acquiring new management competences in compliance with the dynamic development of foreign language teaching (FLT) sector, and teaching English to adults, in particular. The first objective of this project refers to raising the IT competence of the participants through acquisition of specific skills needed for the efficient use of contemporary IT and its enormous potential. This, in turn, will make it possible to meet the priority objective of our Centre – the gradual transition from paper-based coursebooks and teaching materials to multimedia materials, using the respective technical equipment, both for classwork and individual work. The successful implementation of IT presupposes not only certain technical literacy, but first and foremost, a new type of communication skills, the number of which is increasing parallel with the increase in the capacity and properties of the latest IT. The second objective refers to the process of gaining new managerial competences and techniques that are essential for the modern academic management, as well as learning new good European practices and innovative strategies in this respect. This fact is of particular importance nowadays, when many traditional methods need careful reconsideration, maintaining at the same time the expected high quality level. The project will be carried out in the form of staff training in the UK and Ireland (participation in structured courses) over a period of 24 months (starting on 1 July 2015). There are eight participants included in the project. Five of them will attend IT training courses. All participants teach English to adults. The other three participants (the Director of studies, the Senior teacher and course coordinator, and another course coordinator) will attend training courses in academic management. The successful realization of the project involves the completion of the following stages: 1. Choice of the course and detailed study of the programme and the main points in it; 2. Individual preparation in compliance with the course foci; 3. Participation in preparatory online sessions and completion of pre-course questionnaires; 4. Participation in the training activity itself; 5. Dissemination of the knowledge and experience acquired during the training activity. 6. Implementation of all innovative teaching and organizational strategies and good practices in the long-term academic activities of the centre. We are confident that as a result of the participation in the project, the efficient use of IT will contribute to raising the quality of teaching English through increased activity and involvement both by teachers and students, thus boosting significantly their motivation and commitment. The integration of IT in teaching will also contribute to considerable individualization of the educational process. This point constitutes an essential part of the European development plan of our institution. The participation in the project will further stimulate the teamwork and international activities of our centre in long-term perspective and will make our institution a preferred partner for future project work in European context. The project will also make it possible for the participants to update their teaching, organizational, interpersonal, intercultural and language competences in a long-term perspective. This project is an invaluable benchmark against which our centre will adjust its future activities so that we can adopt a more relevant approach both in our academic and organizational work, making it more flexible, result-oriented and precise in terms of goal setting. Absolutely essential to us is the fact that the participants will meet working professionals, willing to share their hands-on experience and practices we could incorporate in our centre. We are strongly convinced that this project will be a powerful means of injecting a European dimension into the life and work of our language centre, promoting an increase in the interest of staff in European issues (not only educational) and giving the institution as a whole a more European outlook. The implementation of innovative concepts and solutions will raise its competitiveness, making it a preferred and reliable business-partner. We also hope to broaden the scope of our services to new categories of adult learners thus maintaining the image of an institution which stimulates the social and professional interest in languages and promotes the European standards and values in FLT.
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