Saturday, 30 October 2010

Project plan 3

This is the project plan for the next project period. Please note the schedules!

Friday, 29 October 2010

IEOL Leiria 21 - 22 October 2010

Here are some photos from our meeting in Portugal. Please post some of your own photos as well!

Real collaboration

When starting this project, we hoped that it would help create some real-life interaction between students in various countries. For us, it is important that our students can practice their English and communication skills in real contexts with real people.

Now, we believe that this will be achieved on two levels. Firstly, the students who came to Portugal with us got to practice their speaking skills with the Portuguese and Spanish students. They were "thrown in at the deep end" and had to manage by themselves, without one of us teachers by their sides at all times. This way, they got a positive experience that they could manage with the language skills they have. It is important for them to realize that you don't have to be perfect in order to get by in English. This idea worked well in Portugal, and after this first visit we have many more students who are excited about the upcoming visits to Italy and Spain!

Secondly, the students on the "Let's Get Social" course are excited about communicating with their counterparts in the other partner organisations. They really hope that their blog will be interesting to students in Spain, Portugal, Italy and Poland. They are also looking forward to seeing what other students in the other countries are doing.

As to increasing online communication, the meeting in Portugal showed concretely what we have already thought to ourselves: that in order to encourage online collaboration, two requirements must be met. First of all, the themes must be authenticl, and really interesting to the students. They need to be such that the students can relate to them, and that they have a real reason to do what they are required to do. Secondly, although we hope that real, authentic interaction will grow out of this, initially a structure needs to be created with set themes and a preliminary schedule.

After doing all this, we hope that this project will encourage our students to reach out to the other students and that they will all share things with each other, be it in the form of stories, pictures, music, or whatever else they can think of.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010


Here the plan of the course we'll run in Italy.


Monday, 4 October 2010

Interim survey

A link to the interim survey of our Partnership.

Interim survey

Are there things we should consider when starting the second year of the project?

Agenda for Portugal

Our next meeting in Leiria is approaching fast! Here is a link to the agenda of the meeting:

Agenda for Meeting III in Leiria, Portugal