Friday, 17 January 2014

Our Excellent Scicli Teacher-Students

[caption id="attachment_695" align="aligncenter" width="600"]The Scicli teachers group with our school's Director, Catherine Ciancio, who is leading the course Some of the group with our school's Director, Catherine Ciancio who is leading the course[/caption]

Teachers from Scicli schools, Quintino Cartaudella and Scicli Centrale are studying English at our school in Modica.

The group of nine teachers are currently working towards a Cambridge Key (A2) certifcate, under the instruction of our school's Director, Catherine Ciancio.  The ultimate aim of the group is to achieve European Framework of Reference for languages level B2, in order to continue to study towards a CLIL certificate with our school.

CLIL, Content and Language Intergrated Learning is becoming an increasing demand in public schools in Italy.  CLIL is an approach for learning content through an additional language, thus teaching both the subject and the language.  CLIL is fundamentally based on methodological principles established by research on "language immersion". This kind of approach has been identified as very important by the European Commission because, "It can provide effective opportunities for pupils to use their new language skills now, rather than learn them now for use later. It opens doors on languages for a broader range of learners, nurturing self-confidence in young learners and those who have not responded well to formal language instruction in general education. It provides exposure to the language without requiring extra time in the curriculum, which can be of particular interest in vocational settings." The European Commission has therefore decided to promote the training of teachers to "..enhancing the language competences in general, in order to promote the teaching of non-linguistic subjects in foreign languages".

Our school offers CLIL training for teachers who have already achieved a general English qualification at a minimum level of B2.  We also offer courses for those who wish to gain the TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test) qualification.

The group of teachers from Scicli are working well towards their general English qualifications, their skills are steadily developing and their ability to communicate in English is excelling.  They will be taking their Key exam in the spring and we are confident all nine teacher-students will do well.

[caption id="attachment_696" align="alignnone" width="300"]Teachers working in the lab at our Modica school Teachers working in the lab at our Modica school[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_697" align="alignnone" width="300"]Teachers studying at our Modica school Teachers studying at our Modica school[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_698" align="alignnone" width="300"]Teachers working hard at our Modica school Teachers working hard at our Modica school[/caption]

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