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Proffesional Development for teachers
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our school, ObsPassePartout, has been a VVTO15% school for the past 10 years and since 2015 we have been taking part in the TPO Pilot. Our teachers now need to teach in English for at least 30% of the time. They need to enhance their English teaching skills, their fluency in speaking the language and better their level of English. T ihese are a few of the many reasons wee chose to go to Canterbury for the Pilgrim courses. 20 teachers of our staff of 38 decided to go. 7 Teachers (B2-level teachers) attended the level 2 course with a focus on CLIL. Here they learned all about what CLIL is, the requirements of CLIL, how to adapt authentic materials for teaching Dutch into English, how to research topics on-line, how to create their own materials and lessons and they obtained more insight in Blended-learning. All of this is very important, because to do TPO, the teachers must be able to CLIL an existing Dutch lesson. The other 13 teachers attended the level 1 course with a focus on Methodology and Language for Primary Teachers. Here they were provided with state of the art theories and practice in teaching young learners. A strong language element was embedded which resulted in the participants development of their language skills. They learned how to teach the four skills (listening, reading, writing, speaking), they did creative activities for young learners, they bettered their management skills, learned rhymes, chants, songs, story-telling, drama and music. They also worked on grammar and vocabulary and they built up their confidence in teaching in and through English, particularly through drama activities. Fourteen teachers attended the courses from the 19th - 23rd of October 2015 and 6 teachers attended the courses from 2nd - 6th of May 2016. All teachers affirmed that they could bring a lot of what they had learned into practice immediately. They had more confidence, ideas and fluency to teach. We shared our ideas and experiences with all the personnel and with each other after we came back, during workshops and study days. In the long term, we benefitted from this experience because we plan to become a TPO school and all teachers need to give English lessons.

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