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International Projects Booklet 1

International Dimension Projects:

Language for Future Employment:

Our project will focus on developing pupils desire to learn a foreign language by showing the opportunities for future employment that language learning can unlock. We aim to do this whilst developing the skills pupils need for learning, as well as those needed for future employment opportunities. By linking with schools so far apart, we can challenge pupil perceptions that foreign languages only have a limited scope and broaden their horizons by being bilingual in two of the most widely spoken languages.

We plan to do this by developing a number of projects and resources which require a range of defined skills, and then sharing the outcomes. Students will work in intercultural groups wherever possible. In doing so, our project leads to a better understanding of European identity. Moreover, by actively looking for the common European identity, we will promote and consolidate tolerance. Students will have a chance to get to know their European peers from across the globe and keep in touch with them through ICT and planned exchange trips.

As well as developing pupil skills, we also wish to share best practice amongst staff so that all partners can provide training and resources for the partners in their strengths and access support to help them with any areas they wish to develop. Project activities are going to include active teaching methods including new technologies, school trips and workshops. These aim at encouraging our students to participate in the project and develop their sense of citizenship, literacy, and language as well as to stimulate their interests in the cultural diversity of Europe.

Becoming Future Global Leaders:

This project focuses on staff training and seeks to establish a connection to European cultures and thus strengthen multi-cultural education for staff as well as students. Staff will be encouraged to continue to develop a range of pedagogical techniques in order to adapt to the changing educational landscape as well as exchange best practices and new teaching methods. We hope that by focusing on staff development as well as student experiences through the international dimension we will one day become an International Baccalaureate World School so that The Abbey School goes from being a local and national leader on the international dimension to a global one.

Skills Based learning:

Our project will focus on skills-based learning. In doing so, we hope to be cross-curricular which many thematic projects struggle with. We aim to develop the skills pupils need for learning, as well as those needed for future employment opportunities. As seen in the 'Seven Years On' and 'What Graduates do' reports, employers value skills related to teamwork, leadership, interpersonal communication, ICT, foreign languages, planning and willingness to learn. By being involved in this project, pupils will benefit from the constant opportunities to gain experience in these fields through practical methods.

Students will work in intercultural groups so our project leads to a better understanding of European identity. We want the students to know that their culture has had various inspirations and that intercultural doesn’t just refer to an individual’s nationality, but their skills and individual differences. Moreover, by actively looking for the common European identity, we will promote and consolidate tolerance. Students will have a chance to get to know their peers in other countries and keep in touch with them through ICT and planned exchange trips.

We also wish to share best practice amongst staff so that all partners can provide training and resources in their strengths and access support to help them with any areas they wish to develop. Project activities will include active teaching methods, new technologies, and school trips. This will encourage our students to participate and develop their sense of citizenship, literacy, language, and artistic skills as well as to stimulate their interests in the cultural diversity of Europe.

You can keep up to date with our project through our ‘Twinspace’ online workspace where all partners can contribute here: http://new-twinspace.etwinning.net/web/p88680

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