Project Summary

Why did you decide to make this project?  What are the reasons?

At the moment reducing early school leaving (ESL) is one of the five headline targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy and one of the benchmarks of the Strategic Framework for cooperation in education and training. The documents names high-quality early childhood education (ECE) and care among the effective measures in preventing early school leaving. An innovative aspect of the project is the inclusion of CLIL in Kindergartens of partners schools to foster excellence in education and early childhood care.
Motivation is the most important phase of learning and to achieve this level teachers should perform some techniques and methods to charm their students interests.
In a CLIL lesson, we open the windows of our classrooms and invite our amazing world inside. Students discover the world for themselves, using the tools of language in a meaningful way. For young learners, a successful CLIL lesson is meaningful, challenging, rewarding and requires them to think deeply and learn actively.
At the same time we feel that participation in a project such as this will give the whole school community a greater understanding and tolerance of differences, both in its home life and its contact with people from around Europe.

How did you find the partners?

We chose the project partners: using existing institutional links like the “West Wales European Centre” and “Lifelong Learning Programme project partner search tool”; using social media channels like eTwinning and Global Gateway; using partners already known by our organization, that means you can rely on pre-existing relationships to add commitment to a partnership.

What are the aims of the project?

The project aims at promoting the pupils’ language learning and intercultural awareness through the CLIL approach. Teachers from the 8 partner Institutes will share their expertise in order to create CLIL teaching sequences and materials best suited for teaching in the mother tongue and the target language (English), taking into consideration the age of the pupils (3 to 14), the choice of contents included in participant’s National curriculum, and the language proficiency of the learners. The school partners will foster the interest of pupils in the culture of other countries (as traditions, celebrations, stories, rhymes and songs, informative texts about real children lifestyles and customs) through CLIL lessons.
Our target groups are school teachers and students trying to implement CLIL in Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary school in order to plan a CLIL Vertical Curriculum.
The project therefore aims at enabling pre-school teachers, primary school teachers and secondary school teachers to collaborate more effectively, to improve educational continuity and thus facilitate the transition process of children and their families.
At the same time the project will try to involve the whole school community through the organization of meetings, conferences, exhibition, giving the opportunity of being effectively in touch with the European diversity, enlarging their knowledge on different social and cultural realities and creating a more pleasant place to learn, work and live.
Duration:  3 years