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structurele implementatie en uitbreiding Early English in de basisschool
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

K. Project Summery (Please provide a short summery of your project) In our Verenigde Scholen Alberdick Thym (VSAT) we are realizing a Language Policy. In the Policy Plan of our school you can read: 1. Context and background of the project. 2. Aspirations till the year 2020. 3. The number and profile of those participating. 4. A definition of the objectives and activities. 5. Our curriculum. 6. A short summary of the results. 7. The long-term vision till 2020. Relevance: The Mariaschool Eemnes is a Primary School in the middle of the country and has 165 students aged 4-12 years old. There are 7 groups and 12 (part time or fulltime) teachers, and one director. Our 3 priority pilots are: 1. TEACHING (EARLY) ENGLISH to all our students. They learn a second language up to 15 % of the time of our schedule. 2. The second pilot: I.C.T., which incorporates IPads (& Apps), laptops and Smartbords. The children can use the computers or tablets when they want to search their information, the teachers use the Smartboards and programs such as Prowise.and TigTag for their instruction and explanation of the curriculum. 3. Thirdly we aim to provide an environment in which a child can develop and discover their own talent and brilliance. But in this context, there is also a need to be vigilant with regard to children with learning difficulties. We strive to anchor the internationalization in the Policy Plan of the Mariaschool for the next years. With our director, team, native speaker and coordinator English, we developed the Policy Plan Mariaschool till 2020. We will attach an example of this Policy Plan. This internationalization has to connect with all the other substances of educational programme and learning objectives and targets. For our students this is very important. Quality of the project plan and implementation: For the first pilot, teaching and learning a second language, we have chosen the Early English Training Programme. Almost all the teachers in our team are trained (or will be trained in the next year), in the ETTP course of the Verenigde Scholen Alberdinck Thym, the VSAT in Hilversum. Most of the teachers have taken already exams of Cambridge, FCE or CAE and have reached the level or diploma which enables them to teach in a second language. But to put the daily lessons into practice in the daily lessons the teachers need more experience, to improve and extend their own vocabulary and pronunciation, to discover new and other classroom activities, and teaching skills for: writing, storytelling, reading, listening, use of English, grammar. When they can visit a country, to follow a course in methods and approaches in English Language teaching, and meet other teachers, the internationalization will succeed more. Some teachers have already visited the United Kingdom for a CLIL or Teachers Training Programme the last few years, and after their return they could inspire the whole team and their own students in their class with the experiences in Canterbury (Pilgrims Institute) or Broadstairs (Language CLIL Programme) When our team of teachers want to make new steps forward in internationalization, like eTwinning, and virtual exchange, the teachers need more international education. We want to promote a course in a second language for the teachers, because we see the need and importance of: 1. CLIL teaching as an addition to the content 2. CLIL teaching to develop language skills (speaking, reading, writing, listening.) 3. CLIL teaching to improve cooperation-with other schools, students and their parents, and teachers and internationalization. 4. CLIL teaching to realize your own growth. 5. An IT course for our ICT pilot. With the new IT possibilities we can work out the international cooperation with other school, students, parents and teachers abroad. Impact . Of course we all hope that the result and impact for our school will be: 1. The teachers give all the team members information about the course after their return when they followed a CLIL or language course. 2. They give a demonstration and explanation of the language programme or they represent a workshop for their colleges. 3. The director and the teachers make a choice which of the skills are appropriate or convenient in the curriculum, the lessons program and schedule of the Mariaschool. 4. All the teachers in the team make a decision what (new) skills, lesson plans, and classroom activities will be used for a port folio of the students, or a report to be drawn up about the application of this teaching skills. 5. If possible, the teachers start eTwinning or virtual exchange with other schools, students and parents, or teachers abroad to stimulate international cooperation and globalization. 6. Mobility activities as a follow up of the ETTP course to keep the teachers “awake” and up to date!

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