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Retrouvailles et Echanges Novateurs de Culture Organisés par Nîmes vers Tolède et sa Région Environnante
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The target students for the Erasmus + mobility project at Frederic Mistral vocational school were in their final year of training in the European section with Spanish. Sixteen of them were studying to be electro-technicians and four to be HVAC technicians. The goal was to have the students do their internship in Spain. During the school year, they had a one-hour Content and Language Integrated Learning lesson and two one-hour Spanish lessons per week. The students did their internship in Toledo, Spain because we have close links with our two partner schools (I.E.S Universidad Laboral and l’I.E.S. Azarquiel) there. We have managed to build a long-term relationship with them since 2008 and to continue the project in spite of the Spanish economic crisis. In addition, Toledo city council was willing to work with us. The students stayed at the IES Universidad Laboral boarding school during the week and in a university residence at weekends. As we had done in the past, some members of staff from our school stayed in Toledo with our students: Mrs. TESTUT and Mrs. ARHOUNE, chief education advisers and Mr Delmas, a new teacher who join us this year, interested for European projects. One of our Spanish partners, Mrs. María Angeles Gonzalez and Chario Rubio who works at I.E.S Universidad Laboral organised day trips to Madrid and other cultural activities. The other members of the teaching staff who took part in the project were the same as those who had taken part in 2013. Mr. Rouy teaches CLIL in electro-technology and renewable energies, Mr. CEREZO teaches CLIL in painting and decorating and Mrs. CALLIS teaches Spanish as a second language. The project was led by Mrs. JEANNEST, the head of the school, Mr. CERDAN, the deputy head, Mr. THOMAS, the accountant and M. MELAN, the person in charge of the school workshops. The main goals of our vocational school were: o To improve the number of students who pass the vocational high-school examination. o To create an awareness of other countries in order to attract more students to our vocational high-school as we are planning to open a European class with English in 2015. o To open a new English European section in electro-technology preparing students for the Aeronautics Initiation certificate and another one in construction work. Mr. DELMAS who teaches construction would like to start CLIL with Spanish and English in construction work. o To improve our reputation among future parents and educational organisations. o To develop new ways of teaching through exchanges with Spanish teachers who are our partners in the Erasmus + project. o As always, we wanted the students to do their entire internship i.e. six weeks in Toledo, Spain. It was best to do the internship in November and December as some students’ knowledge was assessed from January to June. We needed the first two months of the school year to prepare the students for their internship in Spain, to carry out administrative tasks and of course to organise their stay in Spain (booking of cultural visits, lessons to learn Spanish). We anticipated that this mobility project would impact the students in a number of ways. On a vocational level, we are certain that they have acquired new ways of working and on a personal level that they are more mature, more self-confident, and more open-minded and of course have knowledge of Spanish.

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