Gymnazium M.R. Stefanika Kosice (GMRSKE) is a grammar school situated in Eastern Slovakia currently with extended language education. Legislative changes in the educational area effective since September 2017 have brought many challenges for foreign language teachers. English, German, Russian and French language teams in the school have identified foreign language methodology problems and the introduction of the CLIL method as the main challenges facing the school and its language teachers.
In order to look for solutions to those problems we selected four courses taking place in English speaking countries and appointed four English language teachers to attend. One course focuses on CLIL methodology and is based at Cork English College, in Ireland. The Creative Teaching in the Secondary and Adult English language classroom and Advanced language, Materials and Methodology will take place in the United Kingdom. The refresher Teacher Training Course is located in Paris in France. The courses will be undertaken during summer 2017.
Participants will demonstrate their newly acquired skills at GMRSKE during the academic year 2016/17. Consultation, clarification and support for all members of staff will be available throughout the academic year. The GMRSKE management team will monitor progress, measure outcomes, research teachers and students on thesuccess of the new methodology.
The expected impact of the project on GMRSKE is to upgrade language qualification levels and teaching competencies of our language teachers in keeping with European Union best standards in language education. This has to finally benefit our students in being more competitive in applying for EU University places or well capable to withstand the competition on the EU’s labour market if they opt for work experience after they complete secondary education.