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Innovation in teaching English in Catalonia
The Catalan language
About 11 million speakers.
What is scaffolding? Scaffolding is supporting learners in various ways , enabling them to do what they cannot yet do without support. When learners achieve independence, the scaffolding is removed, and a higher goal is set.
TEACHER TRAINING AND INNOVATION IN CATALONIA
Innovative projects = PELE (Projecte Experimental de Llengües Estrangeres )
A----- English in the kindergarten
B -----Improvement of Oral Skills
D -----Learning a second foreign language
A -----Improvement of Oral Skills
B -----Projects in English
Foreign language school projects in Catalonia
PELE – secondary education
2007: 52 schools
2008: 65 schools
2009: 45 schools
2010: 33 schools
PELE - primary education
2007: 240 schools
2008: 179 schools
2009: 152 schools
2010: 241 schools
In 2002 the European Council in Barcelona called for “further action ... to improve the mastery of basic skills, in particular by teaching at least two foreign languages from a very early age ”.
But how to find more hours for languages in an already crowded curriculum? And how to go about teaching languages successfully to relatively new target groups? - Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) can provide an answer.
In 2003 the European Commission brought out an Action Plan for language learning and linguistic diversity, where CLIL is listed as one of the innovative methods to improve the quality of language teaching.
2005-06: 2 (primary) and 7 (secondary)
2006-07: 9 (primary) and 10 (secondary)
2007-08: 20 (primary) and 24 (secondary)
2008-09: 20 (primary) and 8 (secondary)
2009-10: 15 (primary) and 18 (secondary)
To train CLIL teachers & have CLIL materials there are: 10-week paid leaves for teachers in the UK and France
The Institutes of Science Education (ICE)
These are institutions depending directly on Catalan Universities. Their aims are:
Training the trainers
Research and educative innovation
In Catalonia there are 6 ICEs: Barcelona (UB, UAB, UPC), Lleida (UdL), Girona (UdG) and Tarragona (URV)