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TS Aalen: Interkulturelle und mediale Öffnung des Fremdsprachenunterrichts
Start date: Jul 31, 2016, End date: Jul 30, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

As part of the developing program Erasmus plus, Key Action 1, the project planned is entitled: TS Aalen, intercultural and medial opening of foreign language teaching. The central themes of the project are teaching foreign languages, intercultural / intergenerational education and (life-long) learning, as well as the competent use of new technologies in the classroom. As a professional school with scientific-technical profile, the Technical School Aalen is one of the largest schools in the country Baden-Wuerttemberg. The equipment of classrooms, laboratories and workshops is constantly renewed and thus satisfies the requirements of the modern working world. The project initiated at our school in December 2015, "Use of Tablets in the Classroom" aims at enabling both teachers and students to work successfully with the new medium tablet and effectively integrate it into the classroom, led us to the consideration to do a European project. As a professionally orientated school, at the Technical School Aalen the European thought is omnipresent. Language teaching is carried out in accordance with European principles, the certification in the foreign language is realized according to the standards of the Council of Europe. It is intended by the use of tablets in the classroom to increase the intercultural competence of our students. Virtual partnerships, which can be formed with schools in the European linguistic area, are helpful to this. We intend to change these virtual partnerships, into strategic ones. As soon as this turns out well, we plan to get in into the conducting action 2 of Erasmus+. Furthermore, the foreign language teachers shall be familiarized with the latest educational and methodological developments in language learning and win more safety in dealing with modern media to hold step with the increasingly technically experienced pupils. They act as multipliers in their own staff and encourage the productive use of the materials and programs they get to know during training in the classroom. They make a decisive contribution in the successful implementation of the European Development Plan at our school. The teachers who are tied into this application teach the subjects English, Spanish and French at our school. Four teachers participate in a 10 days of CLIL - training course in the UK, two more log on to Alpha College of English in Malta for a combined course (each 5 days) with the emphasis on the creative use of technology in the classroom and an APP Teacher Training Course. A Spanish teaching colleague takes part in a 10-day course CLIL in Spain, while another colleague who teaches French improves her language and methodological skills in a 10-day Cours de français langue étrangère professeurs in France. Moreover a course with an emphasis on the use of digital media in education in Malta and in Liverpool is planned . The project is completed by 2 teachers who attend classes for 10 days at an English school, with the aim of establishing more contacts with schools and teachers, which are deepened later on eTwinning and strategic school partnerships. Together with the participants the objectives of the project are elaborated. Before starting the project, the arrangements are made to monitor the participant. Logistic handling of their stay abroad is probably handled by “Sprachenmarkt”, a proven provider of language courses. Written agreements are concluded with the offshore facilities. Each participant will receive a confirmation of participation from the organization abroad, documenting the contents, the duration and the final goal of the event. The findings are documented and made available upon their return to the teaching staff. The coordination team takes over the responsibility for organizing and implementing the project.Main results of the project are the cross-cultural and media development of the participants. The data collected during their stay abroad - the contact with people of different cultures, their improved communication and language skills, the exploration of modern teaching concepts – is transferred to their specialist colleagues, and also applied successfully in the classroom.In the long run teaching is revived, the students are motivated, a lot of room for good conversation and promising projects within the EU is opened. The exchange with colleagues increases their interest in European issues and encourages them to participate in other European educational programs. The school as a whole benefits from this project. The planned training activities contribute especially to the training of competent teachers who do a good, goal-oriented teaching. The intensive exchange with newfound school partnerships abroad increases the European dimension of the work of our school.
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