Teaching CLIL with ICT tools
Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2016
Our school, Lemhényi Dezső Primary School, District XVI, Budapest, Hungary, is in a fortunate position so that our students have mostly good social background, a nurturing attitude which makes them open to the learning environment and they are also surrounded by modern technological devices at home. Many of them have advanced skills in using electronic tools so it is crucial for the teachers to be able to use them with ease during the teaching-training process inside and outside of the classroom to make the educational occasions more entertaining and eye-opening for the students. Luckily our school has more and more classrooms equipped with a computer and projector or interactive whiteboard for educational purposes. According to the institutional improvement in the infrastructure an urgent need has been arising in the staff to develop their digital competences so the main aim of participating in the mobility was to pass on the gained experience to the motivated members of the faculty during internal workshops. Hereby we could broaden the teaching aids not only in teaching a foreign language but in other specialities, too. Using the online surfaces provides great opportunity for methodology displays and for advertising our achievements towards the parents, the professionals near and far, towards our partner school in Hungary at Velence and outside the borders towards our future partners from Poland who we have met at the mobilities. We have been working with the bilingual programme for seven years now and since we introduced the Skill Developing Chess method into our teaching practice the school is even more attractive for foreign teaching institutions. In order to get and keep in touch with our partners in a would-be Cooperation of Strategic Partnerships (KA2) we could use the online media elements which we have acquired in the Learning Mobility of Individuals (KA1) project. During the preparation and implementation phase we checked out the recommended readings, we got familiar with the structure, design and classroom-related use of different softwares and their effects on educational processes and we also had a look into the ways of everyday life and cultural inheritage of Malta. Having ourselves boarded at host families provided us to depict the similarities and differences amongst Maltese, English and Hungarian traditions and culture, with which we can transmit a multicultural attitude towards our students. In the follow-up stage our main principal was to disseminate the project’s outcomes widely for example by advertising it by articles in the local media and on websites (the school website and on tanartovabbkepzes.hu) which are available to the public. One of our basic principles in school is the pursuit of continuous self-development and professional rejuvenation which can be transmitted by the news of our successful project. Due to the type of the courses the acquired practical methods could have been disseminated in real life situations to colleagues, students and professionals as we have used them in the classrooms. The successful project provided immediate positive effects on the means, the renewal of the methods and tools of the school staff, therefore we estimate a rising degree of motivation and higher results of our students in the coming year.
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