SCUOLA CLIL ONLINE
Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2017
The project “CLIL School Online” consists in carrying out CLIL modules using ICT to find learning resources on the Net as well as devising multimedia materials in English to be used and shared both within the school and with partner schools abroad. Our school boasts an excellent technological equipment (34 Interactive White Boards in 40 classrooms) and has been assigned a Class 2.0. Therefore training teachers to an efficient use of ICT is a strategic priority for us. Morevoer, as a consequence of a teacher training about the CLIL approach which has been carried out within a network of schools, some of our teachers, both primary and secondary, are planning and experimenting teaching non-linguistic subjects in English.
As a preparation for the project, which will involve all fifteen classes of lower secondary school and ten primary classes, our school is going to send ten teachers, one administrative assistant, the Headteacher and the Administrative Director for a training in the United Kingdom as well as six teachers to Belgium and two teachers to Finland.
The selected staff are primary and lower secondary teachers who teach Art, Music, Science, Geography, History and Foreign Languages and they are all involved in digital teaching innovation and/or in teaching subjects in English.
The staff taking part in international mobility will attend the following training:
- Using ICT in the classroom (6 courses in Belgium and 2 courses in Finland): teachers will learn new uses of ICT in teaching and innovative ways of approaching subjects in an interdisciplinary perspective
- the CLIL approach (6 courses in UK): teachers will look into the CLIL approach applied to the specific subjects they teach in their specific level of school and will improve their knowledge of English technical language of their teaching areas .
- Quality and management of innovation in schools (2 courses in UK): the Headteacher and the Administrative Director will have the opportunity to develop links with Headteachers from other European countries, to gain insight into the British education system and to exchange ideas and experiences with Headteachers and Ofsted inspectors about management problems in dealing with innovation.
- Language courses (5 courses in UK): 4 language improvement courses for teachers and 1 language course for the administrative assistant to improve her English language competence from level A2 to B1 in order to be able to manage contacts with foreign partner schools in eTwinning and school exchanges.
Two teachers will take part in job shadowing in a partner school in Greece which is developing computer-aided CLIL experiences.
While in training, staff members will keep a digital "logbook " and will document what they have produced during the training. After their return, such documentation will be shared with other members of staff during workshops they will conduct, both within our school and in other schools belonging to the area network. The staff attending training couses abroad will also play the role of coordinators and tutors for colleagues in experimenting the new practices of CLIL online.
The long term result of international mobility will be the implementation of the project "CLIL School Online" in the ten classes of fourth and fifth year of primary school and in all the classes of lower secondary school.
The project will deal with Science, Art and Music in Primary School and Science, Geography and History in Lower-secondary School and will use a collaborative teaching-learning approach which will involve analysis of authentic English texts and of interactive material from the Internet, cooperative writing of multimedia texts in the subjects and sharing lessons in English with students of eTwinning partner classes abroad.
CLIL modules will be designed through an action-research aimed at finding out new techniques and at devising new relevant and motivating "texts". Interdisciplinary work will be promoted.
The multimedia lessons carried out by students in the CLIL project will provide a school data bank which will be published in the school website and wiki and will be used as an e-book for other classes in the following schoolyears.
Dissemination will take place as one to one and group training, workshops, peer-teaching, organisation of the "Teaching CLIL with ICT" week", counseling forum on the school website and a final conference open to schools of the area.
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