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Profesní rozvoj pedagogů Gymnázia Šumperk v oblasti cizích jazyků = zkvalitnění poskytovaného vzdělávání
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The applying organization, Gymnázium Šumperk, provides its teachers and educators with opportunities for further education, including the support of teachers' participation in international educational European programmes. The school, as an institution, and both the participating teachers and their students all benefit from these activities. Mobility programmes fit in the school's development concept, which views the school as a modern and respected educational institution with active teachers, efficient teaching methodology, motivated students and ongoing international contacts. The project's aim is to deepen foreign language teachers' knowledge of their subjects and for non-language teachers to improve their practical language skills. Teachers of foreign languages will be participating in methodology courses. Non-language teachers will participate in language courses to be able to explore and use foreign information sources and to be able to take part in international projects and competitions. The participation of one of the school administration members is expected to result in reinforcement of the administration language skills important for co-operation with our partner schools abroad, to support the attendance of foreign students at our school and other such exposures. All the project activities aim to have a positive effect on a maximum number of our 550 students. The applicant organization emphasizes the importance of the high quality language skills the students acquire within their studies. The school's concept, number of lessons dedicated to foreign languages and the school policy of further teacher education are all adjusted to achieve this goal. Eight teachers are involved in this project. There are six qualified teachers of foreign languages (English, Spanish, Russian and German), experienced teachers with an active approach to their profession - including further self-education. They actively participate in school life, organizing competitions, field trips and other activities, encouraging their students. Of the other two teachers, one works, in part, as an environmental education co-ordinator, taking part, with her students, in international competitions and projects. The other is a deputy head-teacher of the school and a teacher of modern history - where language skills are crucial in the area of international partnerships with other schools, the presence of foreign students at school or fulfilment of research projects with international purpose. The contact person is going to provide the participants with consultations regarding the organization of travel and related logistics. The teachers themselves, based on their planned needs and expectations, are to choose particular courses and inform the school administration of their choices. Prior to their departure, the teachers will be instructed in OHS. Following their arrivals, they will devise reports and financial statements. All the teachers will obtain certificates confirming their participation in the programmes and they will have their Europass-mobility confirmed. The applicant organization will be officially informed about the process and results of the programmes. The course organizers will also be provided with feedback. In addition, information and materials will be passed on to the project contact person who will ensure the Erasmus+ programme publicity. Apart from implementing the newly acquired knowledge in lessons, a campaign informing the public about the project fulfilment will follow. All the participants will also present their Erasmus+ experience to other teachers and students. The expected outcome of the project, upon its completion, is the participants' increased expertise in the areas of teaching foreign languages and modern methodology, with newly obtained knowledge implemented in lessons. This will result in enhancing language education at Gymnázium Šumperk, encouraging higher student motivation for foreign language study. As for the participating teachers who do not teach foreign languages, the improvement of foreign language practical knowledge is expected - thus, primarily, benefitting their students. For the long term, the project will contribute to fulfilling the school's policy emphasizing foreign language learning. It will help the students achieve better results at their school-leaving or university entrance exams and also support their life-long positive approach to language learning. The project should encourage larger use of foreign language materials in lessons of other subjects and, also, increase the participation of students in international projects. It will support the development of partnerships with the partner-schools abroad and it will contribute to a positive public image of the school. We also believe that, by taking part in the Erasmus+ programme, the students of Gymnázium Šumperk will be further encouraged in finding their place in the Czech and European labour market.
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