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Verbesserung der Unterrichtsqualität des Fremdsprachen- und fremdsprachlichen Fachunterrichts
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The BBS Buxtehude is currently involved in the revision of its mission statement and the school program. New emphases in the strategic orientation of the school are internationalization and the European orientation, both of which are anchored in the scholastic work process and educational quality management. This means that our school is starting to integrate the European idea into everyday school life. As a first step, we considered it important to develop the European thought process with the foreign language and professional subject teachers. An overall goal of this project was to strengthen the technical and didactic skills of the teaching staff, whereby the teaching quality was to be improved and the teaching and training program opened for the process of internationalization. Strengthening the skills of the teaching staff was facilitated by means of foreign mobilities. The project included 6 mobilities in the personnel area. Four of the participating teachers are language teachers with a professional first teaching subject. One teacher (US American) received further education in the UK in the field of technical language teaching - "Using Technology for Teaching English". Here didactics and methodology were the focus. Two English teachers participated in a course in Malta to improve their foreign language teaching: "Methodology Revisited, Revised & Re-Energized". Another teacher trained in Spain for "Intensification and Reactivation of Spanish as a Foreign Language". Another teacher, a theory teacher in the commercial department, took part in training for planning and conducting bilingual subject teaching: "Technology Enhanced Learning". The European representative completed an English language course, "Fluency & English Language Development for Teachers" in Malta to better serve the European projects. The participants received new inspiration for the respective subjects through the project. New teaching methods / approaches were demonstrated using good examples, and are to be implemented in a modified form in their own classes. Among other things, new perspectives for teaching in the various subjects were identified, which should lead to better motivation of the learners in their classes. Among the participating teachers, a greater intercultural awareness was created as well as a better understanding of other European cultures and intercultural learning and teaching. Additionally, further knowledge of the British, Spanish and Maltese educational systems was acquired. Regarding the use of computers in the classroom, examples were shown as to how a targeted and adequate use of modern technology may be helpful in foreign language teaching. Together, all these measures will lead to more effective classes for all participating teachers and their colleagues, and consequently to the improvement of teaching quality. The mobilities have also contributed to the fact that contacts have been established for the initiation of mobilities for learners at our school. Starting with the next school year, ETI or ESE Malta will be a partner for our planned international mobilities for learners, and will assist us in the organization and provision of internships abroad. In the intermediate term, the participating teachers, together with the European representative, will spread the project to the various subject committees, thereby motivating further teachers (through assessment reports) to also participate in an upcoming Erasmus Plus project, thus expanding the internationalization process at the BBS Buxtehude. For the school organization, this means that it not only employs motivated and better-trained teachers, but also that the staff of the BBS Buxtehude is cosmopolitan and participates in continuous education studies throughout Europe. In the long term, our school is striving to modularize education segments with selected European partner institutions. To achieve this, the qualification content from the teaching staff mobilities in this project are to be introduced.
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