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Language Interpretation through REading
Číslo projektu:2020-1-SK01-KA201-078332
Popis projektu:na stránke Európskej komisie
Grant:239700 €
Sumár projektu:The European Survey on Language Competences (2012), which provided the first-ever European scale comparison of the foreign language proficiency of pupils, revealed, on average, a low level of competence. Only 42% of the tested pupils overall reached the level of independent user in the first foreign language, and merely a quarter of pupils did so in the second foreign language. This means that after several years of studying a language in school, a majority of young Europeans cannot have a simple conversation in the languages they have studied. The LIRE project is aimed at narrowing this gap by equipping foreign language teachers with a comprehensive set of tools to increase the quality and efficiency of their teaching practices, as well as to transform the way pupils are learning a foreign language. Active reading in a foreign language and discussing and writing about the read texts are among the basic skills required to master a given foreign language. Project LIRE would prepare a ready-to-use toolkit of methodical materials to teach a foreign language through literature in a modern and appealing way. A very efficient approach to language learning is extensive reading (ER). In short, extensive reading refers to the idea that pupils read as many books as possible. These books have to be easy to understand so that pupils read them for pleasure. Such books are the graded readers or ‘readers', which have had the language level simplified to help second language learners read them. Research studies show that students exposed to ER become better and more confident readers, they write better, their listening and speaking abilities improve, their vocabularies get richer, and they develop positive attitudes toward studying the new language (Day & Bamford 2004, 1). Our partnership combines the efforts of three renown universities, three schools and a leading publishing house. In order to support the proper budget control and time management of LIRE a number of project systems and tools will be adopted and utilised. The objectives of LIRE the project are: 1. To equip English language teachers with up-to-date, innovative and tailor-made methodological materials and relevant competencies to enhance primary students´ foreign language skills. 2. To create a bespoke training and an open interactive space for English language teachers to gain and exchange know-how on how to further improve their teaching practices. 3. To develop pupils’ literacy, critical thinking, analytical and communication skills, as well as their creativity through a new approach to learning a foreign language. To achieve our objectives, our aim is to develop: - LIRE Toolkit for Teachers - LIRE Practical Workshops for Teacher Training Providers - LIRE Online Platform (OER) - Conduct one joint staff training event in Poland In addition, we will conduct extensive piloting of all our products to ensure their applicability and validate the approach of project LIRE. Targeted and meaningful dissemination will also contribute to involving at least 2 200 participants in various project activities. The desired impact from our joint efforts could be summarised as follows: *TEACHERS: - improved knowledge base on how to teach English language at primary and lower secondary level; - improved skill base to integrate innovative teaching methods and techniques in order to ensure high quality of the English language teaching; - enhanced competence to motivate students develop their interest towards reading and literature to enable the acquisition of other skills such as critical thinking, reading literacy, creativity and social skills; - enhanced competence in identifying and applying ICT and relevant digital resources to improve English language teaching and interaction with students; - increased control and responsibility towards students´ attainment levels; - enhanced and improved professional development. *STUDENTS: - increased motivation among to read and learn the English language through literature; - enhanced reading literacy, critical thinking, creativity, social skills and moral values; - increased participation in the learning process and bigger ownership of own results and aptitudes. *TEACHER TRAINING PROVIDERS: - enhanced competences in training language teachers; - increased responsibility for the quality of school education in terms of foreign language as a core subject influencing future career and employability of students; - proactive approach to addressing common challenges in relation to foreign language teachers skill gaps and lack of resources; - enhanced ability to impact the education system through reshaping its priorities and taking informed decisions to match the needs of the modern society. PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS: - increased opportunities for future collaboration in the field of education; - validated image of proactive champions of high quality education; - expanded cooperation network.
Koordinátor:Základná škola Jána Ámosa Komenského