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  • 1. This project is being carried out with the assistance of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2009-1-GB-COM13-03816 Promoting Language Capacity (Castilla-La Mancha/ Northern Ireland) PLC COMENIUS REGIO PARTNERSHIPS: Promoting Language Capacity (Castilla-La Mancha/Irlanda del Norte) PLC
  • 2. This project is being carried out with the assistance of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2009-1-GB-COM13-03816 Promoting Language Capacity (Castilla-La Mancha/ Northern Ireland) PLC Northern Ireland South Eastern Education and Library Board, (SEELB) on behalf of the 5 Education and Library Boards in Northern Ireland International House, Belfast Castilla-La Mancha Consejería de Educación, Ciencia y Cultura de Castilla-La Mancha CEP de Azuqueca de Henares CEP de Toledo CEP de Belmonte CEP de Tomelloso CEP de Alcázar de San Juan CEP de Hellín CEIP Martínez Parras, Hellín CEIP Nº 8, Alcázar de San Juan CEIP Gerardo Martínez, Socuéllamos CEIP Maestra Plácida Herranz Azuqueca de Henares, CEIP La Fuente, Nambroca Partner regions PARTNERS Partner institutions Teacher training insitutions Schools Ballynure House,Ballynure
  • 3. This project is being carried out with the assistance of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2009-1-GB-cOM13-03816 Promoting Language Capacity (Castilla-La Mancha/ Northern Ireland) PLC Context
    • Priorities of the Consejería de Educación, Ciencia y Cultura de Castilla-La Mancha
      • consolidation and ampliation of bilingual sections based on CLIL in English
      • to promote the knowledge, exchange and dissemination of methodological strategies and teacher training in connection with the teaching of and in English CLIL/AICLE
    • Priorities of the Northern Ireland Education and Library Boards, following the initiative of the Department of Education
      • to promote languages in Primary Schools, including Spanish.
      • to incentivate teachers’ learning of languages, Spanish among it
    • At the same time, knowledge of culture and society of the associated regions
  • 4. This project is being carried out with the assistance of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2009-1-GB-COM13-03816 Promoting Language Capacity (Castilla-La Mancha/ Northern Ireland) PLC Specific Objectives
    • To promote exchanges, cooperation and mobility among teachers of infant and primary schools through jobshadowing activities in host schools
      • 71 Northern Ireland teachers, from 68 schools participating in the programme promoting modern language learning in some schools in Northern Ireland
      • 64 Castilla-La Mancha bilingual schools, out of a total 77 schools, have taken part in this activity
    • To promote awareness and dissemination of social, cultural and linguistic diversity of our two regions
      • Examples: presentation about Castilla-La Mancha by some Northern Ireland teachers
  • 5. This project is being carried out with the assistance of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2009-1-GB-COM13-03816 Promoting Language Capacity (Castilla-La Mancha/ Northern Ireland) PLC Objetivos específicos
    • To support the achievement of a European area of lifelong learning to promote contacts between schools, and compare and share teaching ways and materials
      • The evaluations written by participating teachers emphasiza the positive aspect of taking part in daily life of host schoos
    • To encourage CLM students to expand their knowledge of English speaking regions, especially NI, thanks to visiting teachers in their classrooms
      • Example: celebration of St Patrick’s Day in some schools
  • 6. This project is being carried out with the assistance of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2009-1-GB-COM13-03816 Promoting Language Capacity (Castilla-La Mancha/ Northern Ireland) PLC Specific Objetives
    • To increase the knowledge of Spanish language and culture by NI teachers and students of schools where Spanish is taught
      • Through courses and seminars organised in Northern Ireland
      • Jobshadowing activities
      • Deepening this knowledge after jobshadowing in CLM
    • To promote contacts between students of partner schools, by using ICT (videoconferences, emails)
      • Nearly resolved the initial difficulties for the use of videoconference in Northern Irlenad schools
  • 7. This project is being carried out with the assistance of the Lifelong Learning Programme 009-1-GB-COM13-03816-2 Promoting Language Capacity (Castilla-La Mancha/ Northern Ireland) PLC Specific Objetives
    • To exchange materials for teaching Spanish as a foreign language and for the teaching of subjects through English in primary schools of CLM
      • Through the Regio project web page
      • During jobshadowing activities at the schools
    • To establish permanent contacts and new projects among the schools taking part in the Regio
      • Participation of some teachers in contact seminars in NI
      • Applying for Comenius school projcts together
      • Work and common activities
    • To promote the exchange of good practice
  • 8. PRODUCTS AND RESULTS Regio project web page http :// edu.jccm.es /proyectos/ regioplc Exchange of good practice Picture gallery Jobshadowing activities Links Promoting Language Capacity (Castilla-La Mancha/ Northern Ireland) PLC This project is being carried out with the assistance of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2009-1-GB-COM13-03816 Files School links and partnerships Videoconferences Common projects
  • 9. This project is being carried out with the assistance of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2009-1-GB-COM13-03816 Promoting Language Capacity (Castilla-La Mancha/ Northern Ireland) PLC ACTIVITIES : Project meetings
    • Toledo. 23 – 26 September 2009: Project meeting
    • Toledo. 12-18 diciembre 2009: Project meeting and accompanying teachers on jobshadowing activity
    • Belfast. 22-26 marzo 2010: Project meeting
    • Toledo. 8-12 mayo 2010: Project meeting and accompanying teachers on jobshadowing activity
    • Belfast. 16-19 mayo 2010: Project meeting and accompanying teachers on jobshadowing activity
  • 10. This project is being carried out with the assistance of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2009-1-GB-COM13-03816 Promoting Language Capacity (Castilla-La Mancha/ Northern Ireland) PLC
    • Toledo. 17-23 octubre 2010. Project meeting and accompanying teachers on jobshadowing activity
    • Belfast. 22-25 noviembre 2010. Project meeting
    • Toledo. 20-26 marzo 2011. Project meeting and accompanying teachers on jobshadowing activity
    • Belfast. 7-10 mayo 2011. Project meeting and accompanying teachers on jobshadowing activity
    • Toledo. 31 mayo-3 junio 2011. Evaluation meeting
  • 11. This project is being carried out with the assistance of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2009-1-GB-COM13-03816 Promoting Language Capacity (Castilla-La Mancha/ Northern Ireland) PLC
    • Difficulties encountered:
      • During the first year, some change of dates had to be agreed due to financial regulations in Spain
      • Changes in NI, necessitated by the recent review of educational administration :
        • Staff movement and changes of responsibility. This impacted directly on the co-ordination of this project as one of the joint co-ordinators effectively left the team before the end of the programme
        • Workloads increased for others as a result making it impossible to achieve everything outlined in the original application in relation to the fliers for the website .
  • 12. This project is being carried out with the assistance of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2009-1-GB-COM13-03816 Promoting Language Capacity (Castilla-La Mancha/ Northern Ireland) PLC ACTIVITIES : Teacher training
    • Language training for Northern Ireland teachers, organised by the Northern Ireland Education and Library Boards and International House
      • Weekend seminars prior to jobshadowing actitivities
    • Training sessions about Spanish language and cultura as preparation for jobshadowing activities
      • This knowledge was deepened and reinforced with a training sesssion at the Consejería de Educación, Ciencia y Cultura, Toledo, as first phase of the jobshadowing activity in CLM
  • 13. This project is being carried out with the assistance of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2009-1-GB-COM13-03816 Promoting Language Capacity (Castilla-La Mancha/ Northern Ireland) PLC ACTIVIDADES : jobshadowing
    • Jobshadowing activities of Northern Ireland teachers in Castilla-La Mancha
    • 78 NI teachers in 61 CLM infant and primary schools. Six groups:
      • 19 teachers, 12-18 December 2009
      • 19 teachers, 14-20 March 2010
      • 6 teachers, 8-14 May 2010
      • 11 teachers, 18-22 October 2010
      • 17 teachers, 20-26 March 2011
      • 6 Principals, 31 May - 3 June 2011
  • 14. This project is being carried out with the assistance of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2009-1-GB-COM13-03816 Promoting Language Capacity (Castilla-La Mancha/ Northern Ireland) PLC
      • Guided visits around Toledo for Northern Ireland teachers
      • Training sessions on the history and culture of Spain and the education system, for NI teachers at the Consejería de Educación, Ciencia y Cultura, Toledo
      • 6 Principals of Northern Ireland schools took part in a visit to CEIP La Fuente in Nambroca y CEIP Alfonso VI in Toledo, and to a training session organised by Toledo Teacher Training Centre
  • 15. This project is being carried out with the assistance of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2009-1-GB-COM13-03816 Promoting Language Capacity (Castilla-La Mancha/ Northern Ireland) PLC
      • Previous regular contacts between education authorities and host schools to arrange the jobshadowing activity
      • Previous contacts between host schools and visiting teachers
      • Principals or coordinators of host schools took part in the sessions about contact activities at the Consejería and lunch
      • Evaluation of all jobshadowing activities
          • Both, host schools and visiting teachers
  • 16. This project is being carried out with the assistance of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2009-1-GB-COM13-03816 Promoting Language Capacity (Castilla-La Mancha/ Northern Ireland) PLC
      • Problems encountered: During the jobshadowing visit to CLM by NI teachers in December 2009, heavy snow prevented some teachers reaching their intended host school. Replacement of host schools had to be found very quickly. All visiting teachers completed their visit successfully
      • Extra group of NI teachers visiting CLM in May 2010. CLM staff accommodated this group willingly
  • 17. This project is being carried out with the assistance of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2009-1-GB-COM13-03816 Promoting Language Capacity (Castilla-La Mancha/ Northern Ireland) PLC
    • Jobshadowing activities for Castilla-La Mancha teachers in Northern Ireland
      • 58 CLM teachers took part in this activity and visited 48 schools
            • 24 teachers, 15-22 May 2010
            • 22 teachers, 8-14 May 2011
            • 7 teachers from CLM completed four-week jobshadowing activities with regional funds. October 2009 and 2010
        • Seminars delivered on the education systems in both jobshadowing activities on Northern Irish culture and history for CLM teachers
  • 18. This project is being carried out with the assistance of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2009-1-GB-COM13-03816 Promoting Language Capacity (Castilla-La Mancha/ Northern Ireland) PLC
      • Previous regular contacts between education authorities and host schools to arrange the jobshadowing activity
      • Previous contacts between host schools and visiting teachers
      • Principals or coordinators of host schools met the visiting teachers at Antrim (May 2010) and Belfast (May 2011): lunch together
      • Evaluation of jobshadowing activities
          • Visiting teachers
    • 5 teachers from CLM partner schools attended project visits (March 2010 and November 2010) and spent time in NI schools
  • 19. This project is being carried out with the assistance of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2009-1-GB-COM13-03816 Promoting Language Capacity (Castilla-La Mancha/ Northern Ireland) PLC
    • Summer course about CLIL for 7 Castilla-La Mancha teachers. Organised by International House, 5-16 July 2010
    • The Vice Consejero and senior officers from CLM attended and addressed the Regional Principals Conference in NI in November 2010 outlining support and enthusiasm for the partnership
    • All teachers from both regions prepared Powerpoint presentations for their host schools as well as lessons and materials in the target language
    FURTHER ACTIVITIES
  • 20. This project is being carried out with the assistance of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2009-1-GB-COM13-03816 Promoting Language Capacity (Castilla-La Mancha/ Northern Ireland) PLC
    • Session about the use of digital whiteboards for Castilla-La Mancha delegation, project meeting, Dundonald, 25th March 2010
    • Session about the use of European Portfolio in CLM; Principal of Ballynure PS y coordinators of CEIP Martínez Parras, Hellín and CEIP N. Sra de la Salud, Yunclillos. Toledo, 10th May 2010
    • Exchange of good practice throughout the project
    • Creation of a teachers group in CLM. They have worked on specific material for the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language for young students. (Teacher training centres at Tomelloso and Azuqueca de Henares)
  • 21. This projct is being carried out with the assitance of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2009-1-GB-COM13-03816 Promoting Language Capacity (Castilla-La Mancha/ Northern Ireland) PLC
    • http :// edu.jccm.es /proyectos/ regioplc
    • It will be active once the project has finished
    • Design, build and maintenance of the project website: Consejería de Educación, Ciencia y Cultura y CEP de Belmonte y Tomelloso
    • Contents
        • Information about activites organised
        • Bank of resources and links useful for teachers
        • Presentations made by participant teachers
        • Picture gallery and graphic materials
        • Files
    REGIO PROJECT WEB PAGE
  • 22. This project is being carried out with the assistance of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2009-1-GB-COM13-03816 Promoting Language Capacity (Castilla-La Mancha/ Northern Ireland) PLC
    • Videoconferences between the schools participating in job shadowing activities, at those moments and afterwards
      • Technical problems, as Nothern Ireland schools do not use Skipe, but Marratech
      • Security problems, as Northern Ireland parents do not always authorise this activity
      • Videoconferences between schools taking part in jobshadowing activities and afterwards
      • Very satisfying and enriching activity
      • Instructions to carry out videoconferences can be found on http :// edu.jccm.es /proyectos/ regioplc . Tomelloso teacher training centre provides assistance
    CONTACTS: VIDEOCONFERENCES
  • 23. This project is being carried out with the assistance of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2009-1-GB-COM13-03816 Promoting Language Capacity (Castilla-La Mancha/ Northern Ireland) PLC
    • On the PLC project web site http://edu.jccm.es/proyectos/regioplc . There is also access to it through the official website page of the Consejería de Educación, Ciencia y Cultura, section making reference to Life Long Learning programmes
    • Invitation to attend Comenius Regio Contact Seminar: Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. Toledo, 27-30 September 2010
    • Invitation to attend Comenius Regio Conference – Creating European networks of regions , 11-12 May 2011, Bordeaux, France
    • Information about the project provided to some other education authorities from other countries visiting the Consejería de Educación
    DISSEMINATION ACTIVITIES
  • 24. This project is being carried out with the assistance of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2009-1-GB-COM13-03816 Promoting Language Capacity (Castilla-La Mancha/ Northern Ireland) PLC
    • Interim evaluation
    • Information and assistance has been given to schools about the project, language materials, school links of funding opportunities
    • Press notes on the Portal de Educación de CLM about jobshadowing activities
    • Sessions to disseminate Long Learning Programmes, organised by the Consejería de Educación in every province of the Autonomous Community organiza en cada una de las provincias de la Comunidad Autónoma (5 en December 2008/January 2010 and 5 en December 2010/January2011)
    • Información and assistance provided to schools and teachers by the advisers of partner teacher training centres
  • 25. This project is being carried out with the assistance of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2009-1-GB-COM13-03816 Promoting Language Capacity (Castilla-La Mancha/ Northern Ireland) PLC
    • Relationship between education authorities of partner regions: Letter of intention
    • Schools working on common shared tasks and projects
    • Videoconferences
    • Relationship among schools to apply for Comenius school assiciations and exchanges
    • More teachers applying for further jobshadowing activities and willingness of schools to host them
    CONTINUACIÓN OF PARTNERSHIP IN THE FUTURE