Comenius Multilateral Partnership: Natural Sciences, Natural EnglishReport of the first teachers’ meetingKungalv, Sweden 22nd -25th September 2011Mobility No. 1Host Organisation:Receiving Country: SwedenReceiving Location: KungalvStart date: 22-09-2011End date: 25-09-2011Duration (days): 4Participants: 1. Amparo Cantò (English teacher, Spain) 2. Fina Pons Candel (Literature teacher, Spain) 3. Julie Santer (Science Teacher, Luxembourg) 4. Lars Johan Janson (History teacher, Sweden) 5. Mario Di Carlo (Headmaster, Italy) 6. Natalia Mauro Nicolino (English teacher, Italy) 7. Patrick Hobbs (English Teacher, Luxembourg) 8. Patrizia Mauri (Science Teacher, Italy) 9. Per Andreasson (English teacher, Sweden) 10.Rebecca Ivarsson (Phisics Teacher, Sweden)Description of the activities:The activities of the meeting started informally at dinner on 22nd September, when allthe participants met at the Italian restaurant “Il Trullo” in Kungalv and gotacquainted.The official meeting started at 9.00 a.m. on Friday, 23rd September at “Nordiska iKungalv” conference centre and it went on until dinner.The coordinator of the project, teacher Mauro Nicolino, briefly explained the mainaims of the partnership and gave the group some information dealing with the coming
activities and with the planned deadlines. The coordinator informed the participants ofthe reasons for the absence of the Polish group and she also asked the colleagues tocheck the planned timetable and to change it because two of the applicant schoolshadn’t received project approval from their National Agencies.For this reason the group, comparing the school activities of all the involved countries,changed the planned mobilities, keeping their number, as follows:1. Second teachers meeting in Italy from 18th to 20th November 2011;2. First students meeting in Luxembourg from 18th to 21st April 2012;3. 3rd teachers meeting in Poland in September 2012 (well set the dates for it inApril 2012);4. 2nd students meeting in Spain from 18th to 21st October 2012;5. Final meeting in Italy in April 2013 (well set the dates for it in September 2012).Then the teachers of the different countries were asked to present conciselythemselves, their schools and their national school systems, with particular referenceto the use of CLIL strategies.After the introductory presentations, a discussion started on the topic of thepartnership: teaching other subjects in English.The Spanish and the Italian teachers pointed out that in their schools it’s difficult tofind teachers who are really qualified to teach their subjects in English and theSpanish colleagues stated that in their school there is an increasing number ofimmigrants who find it difficult even to learn Spanish, the language in which all theother subjects are taught in Spain. The question arose: would these people gain fromthe CLIL teaching?Another important matter of discussion was based on the question: what does theCLIL teaching focus on? Should it improve the communication skills in English orshould it develop the knowledge of the specific contents of the interested schoolsubjects?After an animated discussion, the meaning of the word CLIL was highlighted: CLILaims at integrating the knowledge and the use of another language (in our case,English) and the content of a subject. It’s not possible to separate the two things,since there cannot be true learning without effective communication.
The second part of the debate dealt with the possible teaching strategies and we triedtogether to answer the question: are there any teaching methods that can help theteachers to achieve the planned objectives both in the communication skills in Englishand in the content of the school subjects?Some proposals were made by the English teachers, who noted the fundamentalimportance of a long term strategy to improve the pupils’ mastery both in English andin Sciences. The English teachers talked about their successful experiences in L2teaching using peer tutoring, the discussions, the interactive lessons and newtechnologies to create attractive and motivating lessons and learning environments.After that, we examined together our Science programs and, comparing them, wechose one didactic unit to be developed by the biology teachers and one unit to beelaborated by the Physics teachers in the course of this school-year. (See theenclosed document n. 1).After the meeting, all the teachers went to visit the host school.The second day of the meeting was in part used to visit some of the hostorganization’s representative places.We spent the morning in Marstrand, a small island in the county of Västra Götaland,a place to love for its cultural history, its buildings, its stories and legends. There wevisited the centre of the town, the harbour and Carlstens Fort, a giant grey guardthat has watched over the little wooden city for centuries .In the afternoon the activities continued in the conference centre; initially we fixedsome important deadlines: the didactic units ought to be finished and evaluated by14th February 2012.We have to decide if the Social Sciences can be part of our project by 15th October2011 and, in this case, we ought to find the teachers and the classes that will takepart in the project, before the meeting in Italy.After that, we started our debate on the evaluation and we asked ourselves thefollowing question: what form(s) should the evaluation of the didactic unit take?After a long and animated discussion, we produced a document (enclosed documentn.2) that will be used by all the teachers to maintain common evaluation criteria bothof the curricular outcomes and of that of the project itself.We also agreed on the creation of a Twinspace where information and materials can
be shared.The coordinator invited all the participants to join eTwinning as soon as possible.Outcomes: 1. New schedule of the planned mobilities; 2. Choice of the subjects and of the didactic units; 3. Cross-curricular evaluation document. 4. Final report of the 1st meeting.Date of the outcome: 24-09-2011Languages of the outcome: EnglishCreator: All the participantsMedias used: Pc