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Zlepšenie kvality výučby cudzích jazykov a príprava na zmenu maturitnej skúšky úrovne C1
Start date: Jul 1, 2014, End date: Jun 30, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The partners of the project are Bell and International Study organizations, which provide courses for teachers in the UK on one side and Spojená škola Novohradská, which provides 5-year bilingual programe in English in Slovakia on the other side. The main aims of the project include improvement of teachers’ qualification in intercultural knowledge, the intergration of new knowledge and skills into the educational process, creating of study materials, new syllabus and school leaving examination assessment sheets for C1 level. Last but not least, one of the aims is to make new contacts with schools abroad for future projects. The participants of this project are four teachers allumni with a Master degree in the English language and Literature. They are contracted for various studying programmes such as 5-year Slovak-English bilingual programme, 4-year national programme, and 8-year national programme, all of which end in national school leaving examination on C1 level. The main activity involves further professional development on the following courses: -Language Development and Britain Today: this course develops linguistic skills and intercultural awareness, including vocabulary development, conversation and listening skills, pronunciation improvement and grammar. - Bringing British Culture to Life: This course focuses on improving the knowledge of British language and culture. - Focus on Scotland and Focus on Ireland: attendants of these courses will gain plenty of new teaching ideas and motivational material ready for class usage. The main focus will be on how to motivate students with creative activities. These courses include Scottish and Irish history and tradition, literature and education as well as Edinburgh and Dublin sightseeing tours. When carrying out the project we made a detailed analysis of the school’s needs, then we chose the appropriate courses meeting the school’s needs. After the arrival we will carry out the second implementation phase which means applying new knowledge and skills into the teaching process, updating the syllabus and creating new school leaving assessment sheets. New knowledge and skills will be shared in the form of in-school presentations and lectures. The selected courses will improve the language skills of the appointed teachers, will make the organising and methodical leadership of the students more efficient, improve and update the teacher’s knowledge of the language, culture and life in the UK. These courses will enable the teachers to get in touch with colleagues from other countries, thus extending the knowledge acquired on the courses. Long term benefits of the project will bring about improvement of the teaching process quality of the course attendants as well as other teaching staff, improvement of the syllabus and new school-leaving assessment sheets for C1 level. This will lead to better student motivation to learn English language and become successful in the learning process as well as in the European labour market. The acquired knowledge will be shared within the school community in the form of lectures and in-school workshops. Information and materials from the courses will be available for all the teachers on the school’s internal website in the form of PowerPoint presentations and Word documents. Out-of –school community will be provided with the course outcomes as a lecture at the national English language teachers conference.
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