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26/11/2012 19:27
2012-2013 - the linguistic, pure intellectual adventure of the platform is always online! Cool

12/05/2011 21:19
Video-lessons on the platform have started! Please check timetables published on the Forum of the Evaluation space, to join the lessons with your pupils!

28/03/2011 22:40
Hi to everyone!!! We are all waiting to visit Roxana!!! Smile

19/01/2011 20:16
Good work in 2011!

09/10/2010 16:22
New information and improvements of the platform and of the main site - october 2010!

08/09/2010 01:06
Hello everyone in the project!!! Your visit in Poland is coming soon. Right now we are preparing everything. I hope by the end of the week we will send you all necessary information about your stay

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Publiczne Gimnazjum nr 1 im. Franciszka Becinskiego from Radziejow/Poland is a generaly secondary school with 250 students aged between 6 and 16 years old, The school is located in a small, rural town of 5000 inhabitants, which does not offer economic perspectives to the youngsters.

Many young people after graduating leave the town to study and work in bigger cities. They do not see many perspectives for them here. That situation causes problems among students at school as they cannot see any future for them in our town. They have no big motivation to study foreign languages and they do not have many opportunities to get to know people from other cities, not to mention from other countries. High rate of unemployment is a main factor that causes poverty, which is seen among some of our students, unwillingness to learn and no motivation to search for solutions. On the other hand plenty of students want to get to know about other countries, their cultures and languages. All these factors cause that among our students there are ones with disabilities, special needs students and those who have committed minor crimes, and offences. The teachers, in our school, try to find as motivating ways to teach them as possible, but possibilities are limited. Our school, taking part in this project hopes that it will be a good start to encourage teachers to find out more about new methods of teaching through the Internet, computers and other ways of communicating. The students and teachers of Publiczne Gimnazjum nr 1 im. Frańciszka Becińskiego want to take part in this project because of many reasons. First, the teachers may find new ways of teaching languages or any other subjects. They want to exchange their ideas with others in order to show their students the ways how to work and live in Europe throughout self-education, motivations and new tools in which students and teachers will be equipped. Secondly, the teachers hope to enrich their methodology and the way of running school as well as equip school with tools that will help them to be more prepared to meet the needs and expectation of a modern school. The teachers believe that their students will be more motivated to learn how to learn and live in modern Europe. The school consists of 290 students and 23 teachers. At school students attend to 12 classes and they graduate school after 3 years of studying. School curriculum comprises of multiple subjects such as mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, English, geography, IT, PE, history, music and Polish. Our school offers a wide range of after class activities which develop students’ hobbies or help them to deal with difficulties they come across during their stay here. Our participation in the project is a good chance to improve students’ language and computer skills. All the teachers are willing to join the idea of electronic platform .

The School from Radziejow

Escola EB 2,3 de Vialonga/Portugal

Vialonga is a suburban town of 20 000 inhabitants, situated about 20 Kms from Lisbon. The new buildings, inhabited by middle class young couples, contrast not only with some old houses but also with social housing of the surrounding neighborhood (about 30 years old), where the population is means deprived, most of them immigrants from the former Portuguese colonies in Africa.

The real needs of these families and the necessity for a full and balanced integration of the young people into the local community, led by the Ministry of Education to establish that our school formed a Território Educativo de Intervenção Prioritária, in 1996, which means a group of schools with special needsdue to social, economic and cultural problems of the local resident population.

Our school is part of one of these groups of schools and it is now called Agrupamento de Escolas de Vialonga (Group of Schools of Vialonga). It consists of three nursery schools (3-5 year-old children), seven primary schools (6-10 year-old students) and a secondary school (young people from 11 to 15 years old), where students are expected to complete compulsory education.

There is a risk of leaving school as early as 5th grade and this is mostly related to non-academic achievement and the coming of adolescence. In many cases these teenagers’ families are poor. Many do not have a family or their support.

After identifying a need to fight the huge numbers of non-academic achievement, our school has decided to adapt a different approach to this reality. So, we have been working with three different teaching and learning strategies – Alternative Curriculum Courses, Professional Courses and Functional Curriculum – and we have been trying to adapt them to our students’ characteristics.

Scuola Secondaria 1 grado „Luigi Pietrobono” from Frosinone/Italy has 500 pupils with ages between 6 and 16. The school offers courses of music, having an orchestra, as well as courses of foreign languages (English and French). There is no special experience in the European projects, this being only the second project in which the school participates, but the institution desires to apply a coherent program of using computers in teaching foreign languages, considering that, in this way, the theoretical knowledge and skills are combined in favour of pupils and teachers, forming real European citizens, polyglots and with increased skills in using computers. . Learners may have gone through previous educational failure in their past years and are not particularly keen on theoretical studies. Among them some disabled or special needs students. In recent years we have enrolled more and more extra communitarian students. For this specific reason the topics of integration and the defeat of xenophobia are considered essential into a general process towards democracy. The school considers comparing and exchanging excellent educational practice may contribute to the enlargement of the cultural horizons, to the enhancement of the Institution, to a general growth of its potential and to improve the target results.

Pîngăraţi-Oanţu Structure with I-VIII Grades (Primary School – Middle School) is situated in an isolated, economic disadvantaged region of Neamţ department in Romania. The school is situated in a village having a population of 5300 people and a built area of 1228,28 ha and an agricultural area of 10961.46 ha (including forests, Bistrita river and mounts). Oantu’s population is about 1.200 persons. 80% of the population is involved in the agriculture, the rest are employee in divers branches of industry (wood especially) or was migrating in different EU developed countries like Italy or Spain. The school has 160 pupils distributed in 12 classes (one for the kindergarten, three for the primary school and eight for each middle school level). The age of the pupils is between 3 and 15 years old. They are studying two foreign languages – French and English, starting from the kindergarten. The second foreign language is introduced in the 5th form. The school will soon receive an informatics line of 12 computers. The school has 18 teachers and 17 of them are providing a shuttle service because they are living at more than 15 km distance of the school. 70% of the children are from disadvantaged families – families in economic difficulty, monoparental families or families in which one ore two parents are gone in foreign countries and the relatives are ensuring the education of the children.

The new politic of the school is oriented to the aperture towards European activities. The involvement in the institutional projects started three years ago, when school has developed a project under the guidance of the POR department from the Departmental Scholar Inspectorate of Neamţ. It was a complex project having different final projects like a village museum made at school and a complete show about the wedding traditions in Oanţu. Other project initiated in the school, with a regional scope was different exhibitions and contests with the participation of the Departmental Center for Teachers Neamţ (CCD).

The school need to ensure a better foreign languages competences for its pupils and teachers also that a good usage of the computers. It is the first time when the institution takes the decision to involve in an European partnership, in the LLL programme. The main reasons beside the reinforcement of the acquisitions in foreign languages are the building of a new image of the institution, the possibility to offer a new kind of education to children and a new perspective of their apprenticing, new experiences with gain of quality for the teachers – a new beginning for all the institution.

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