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Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

BACKGROUND The "Maria Regina" school - had participated in bi- and multilateral mobility projects with EU countries since 2011; - had positively assessed the impact of these projects on the organization and on end users, in particular on students presenting with social disadvantage, who would not otherwise have had access to similar educational opportunities outside the school; - had noted that the number of staff members who have the necessary skills to support such projects was limited; - considered it crucial to increase digital competences and specific teaching skills related to CLIL methodology in its staff in order to promote its educational offer and include the largest number of students in training opportunities. SHORT-TERM GOALS - To improve the number of international projects and CLIL lessons offered by the school, and promote the use of digital tools in its staff's teaching; - To increase its staff's communication competence in English with specific training in the foreign language, its digital competence, its CLIL-specific skills. PARTICIPANTS - N. 2 teachers of Literature, with respectively 25 and 10 years of teaching experience + N. 1 teacher of Technology with 10 years of teaching experience, interested in participating in future international projects, who participated in training activities for the development of their communicative competence in English. - N. 2 teachers of Mathematics and Science, with respectively 30 and 10 years of teaching experience, who already had an Intermediate communicative competence in English, who had already participated in international projects in the school, observed and applied CLIL methodology in simple lessons, who participated in specific training for CLIL. - No. 1 teacher of Foreign Languages, with 10 years of teaching experience, who had an Advanced communicative competence in English, who had already participated in the organization and implementation of international projects in the school, with a good digital competence, who participated in specific training for the application of digital tools in teaching. ACTIVITY Teacher training structured courses 1) Provided by E.L.I., ST JULIAN (MALTA): A.1) Fluency and English Language Development 17th to 21st August 2015; A.2) Practical Methodology for Teachers Working with CLIL 17th to 21st August 2015; 2) Provided by PILGRIMS, CANTERBURY (UK) A.3) Teaching languages ​​using technology 2nd to 8th August, 2015. METHODOLOGY Teacher training structured coursed abroad, including traditional lessons, workshops, group work. RESULTS AND IMPACT - Improvement of communicative competence in English, observed during the school year, when the participants met teachers and foreign students during visits in three cultural exchanges with Germany. - Increase in the mobilities abroad offered to the students, thanks to the direct participation of four out of six participants. The participants said they felt more confident in communication after participating in the project. - Acquisition and sharing of knowledge and skills related to CLIL methodology, with colleagues through multimedia presentations, with the students through the design of at least four CLIL lessons per class by the participants, and two lessons of Geography in English by a colleague who employed the knowledge / skills shared. - Acquisition and sharing of knowledge and skills related to the use of digital tools in teaching, with colleagues through multimedia presentations, with students through the integration of these tools into lessons. - Visibility of the opportunities offered by programs such as Erasmus + through articles published on the website of the school, the local press, and local authorities. LONG-TERM BENEFITS The skills acquired by the participants enriched the staff's pedagogical know-how and have improved the quality of the educational offer by the school, including its European dimension, enhanced with three cultural exchange projects with another EU country, Germany, which have allowed a large number of students (all those who have shown interest, without limitations given by any personal or social problem) to experience a mobility abroad and the achievement of valuable personal skills. It is expected that such projects could be replicated and even increased in the future thanks to the training.

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