Teaching with CLIL methodology
Start date: Aug 31, 2016,
End date: Aug 30, 2018
1) BackgroundOur project was created in order to meet the needs of a very complex School, composed of four different kinds of Liceo. Liceo Tenca has always been at the forefront of turning proposals from the new Reform promoted by the Ministry of Education into reality (i.e. the setting up of Liceo Musicale and Coreutico and of Liceo Socio Economico).Taking into account the complexity of our school and being aware of the fundamental role of the Liceo Linguistico, Liceo Tenca has been involved with the CLIL project right from the very start, ever since the Ministry proposed it. Since the school year 2012/2013 subjects teachers, some of who hold a C1 CEFR, have started teaching their subjects using CLIL methodology in English, French and Spanish.The school year 2013/2014 saw CLIL methodology introduced in all eight classes (of Years Three and Four) of Liceo Linguistico. The current school year 2014/2015 CLIL has been introduced in the last classes (Year five) of all four Licei, according to the indications of the Ministry of Education.2) ObjectivesThe teachers are aware that while teaching with CLIL approach has many advantages, it also presents many difficulties. More importantly, it involves masterful preparation and a solid commitment from its participants, which can’t be fulfilled without specific organizational support. The project aims at strengthening the collaboration between the CLIL teachers and the foreign language teachers, in order to create a CLIL-team. Experiences abroad can further enrich the teachers involved from a methodological and linguistic point of view providing the participants with the possibility of meeting teachers from other Countries, having a full-immersion in the language and getting in contact with original material used in the English schools. These experiences can then be shared in the workplace during the meetings of the CLIL-team. 3) Number and profile of participants and description of activitiesThe staff involved is composed of subject teachers, English teachers and the Headmaster. Our Headmaster, who has long supported the teachers using CLIL methodology, is heavily involved in the project, as he is aware of just how beneficial this teaching approach is to the students, the teachers and the whole school in an international environment. These participants are expected to have an experience of jobshadowing/teaching in Spain and to attend the selected language and methodology courses, in UK, as well as to take part in CLIL team meetings during which teachers will be able to provide feedback on their experiences teaching with CLIL methodology and input received from the attended courses will be shared. 4) Methodology to be used in carrying out the projectAll the teachers involved in the project will be requested to participate in periodic meetings, which will be recorded, in order to share with colleagues their improvements or difficulties . At the end of every course they will also be asked to write a report to be presented in front of the CLIL-team at the next meeting. 5) Short description of the results and impact envisaged and finally the potential longer term benefits.The expected results concern: - improvement in teachers’ language proficiency;- acquisition and development of indispensable methodological tools to enable better teaching according to the CLIL methodology;- strengthening cooperative skills between the teachers of our school and teachers from other schools and countries, either by meeting during courses abroad or through e-twinning.Short term will see positive results from a personal, methodological and didactic point of view and, also, of the "Offerta formativa" of our Liceo. Long term we would like to see our Liceo create a network of either Italian or foreign schools who wish to collaborate, culminating in a partnership. We also hope that the foreign language teachers, involved in the project, will become language trainers for new teachers who decide to undertake CLIL training.
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