Towards a high-quality multilingual school with an..
Towards a high-quality multilingual school with an entrepreneurial culture
Start date: 01 Jun 2016,
End date: 31 May 2018
Our school is in a rural area where agriculture (like wine-growing and olive oil) employs a high percentage of the population. Our school is an Educational Institution in Batea (Tarragona) which is currently undertaking a pilot program that offers Kindergarden, Primary and Secondary Education to children and teenagers (from 3 to 16). The objectives of this project are:• To improve the capacities and skills of the participants while increasing opportunities for mobility in order to foster professional development. • To improve the participants’ linguistic skills in foreign languages in order to offer a high quality education.• To introduce the CLIL methodology and other new learning techniques to increase the students’ motivation. • To engage our students to carry out projects with other European schools. • To watch and learn various management strategies and methodologies implemented in foreign educational institutions so as to improve the quality of our own teaching system. • To learn new methods and strategies to foster entrepreneurial spirit and business awareness among our students in order to inspire young people to invent their own careers.We want to create an environment to encourage students to cope with the reality of a multilingual and multicultural Europe, implementing new learning strategies while engaging the families and the whole community in this project. After having done a SWOT analysis to evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, we have detected some needs that are essential to achieve the objectives. The number of participants directly involved in this project is 12, but the number of teachers and people involved at the end will be higher because of the dissemination inside the institution and outside. • The participants profile for the CLIL training sessions is: teachers with level B2 of the CEFR who wish to deliver their curriculum through English and wish to get acquainted with this new methodology. • The participants for the English course is: teachers who wish to obtain the B2 level in English. • The participants for the leadership and management training is: people involved in the management team and/or coordinators in any of the various areas. • The participants profile for the Entrepreneurship training sessions is: teachers who wish to learn new trends and methodologies related to this subject while sharing practices and experiences with other participants throughout all Europe.These are the activities: • CLIL training to enable our staff to teach subjects in English by the use of innovative methodologies (it is, project work or by tasks, the use of ICT, portfolios…). • English courses to acquire the B2 level in English. • Leadership and project management for the coordinators and management team in order to fix the methodological reforms in our school. •Training in Entrepreneurship for the participants who teach this subject.Before starting the project, we planned some steps. The first step was to introduce the objectives of the project to all staff to motivate them and create different groups for the various purposes. The next step was training teachers in English to increase their fluency in the target language. The following step was the preparation of the project and staff mobility. During the training period, the participants will be responsible for acquiring new skills and methodologies in order to transmit them to their colleagues when they come back. Afterwards, all these experiences will be applied in our school routines and will be spread all around through seminars, workshops, news articles… The results will be very useful. First of all, it will help our students to cope with an ever-changing society. Our pupils will be capable of acquiring essential skills in English, entrepreneurship, ICT, and they will become aware of the European diversity. Secondly, this project will encourage our team to create and develop useful activities based on collaborative work and to create well adapted and authentic didactic materials in English for our students. Along the process, a continuous assessment of the actions, the results and the impact will be conducted. Sampling will be collected through interviews, rubrics, questionnaires… Besides, external and internal evaluations will be a tool to measure the results now and in the future. The final impact expected will also have effects on the population and the economy of the area. We believe the new methodology will inspire young people to create companies that will provide long-lasting employment for the people living in this region. In a low-income area such as Terra Alta, Entrepreneurship Education will benefit our students and the whole community by developing their critical-thinking, communication in several languages and collaboration skills. It will promote economic opportunities by helping the students invent their own careers focusing on learning in a cooperative and international environment.
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