Summary of the Project

Summary of the Project

Our project aims at developing an innovative methodological tool to teach CLIL classes.
The tool will be developed to serve the purpose of producing CLIL teaching material and a relative teaching methodology, which will support it. The project is based on a CLIL teaching paradigm, designed by the coordinating school, the Greek school, which has been awarded the European Language Label 2016. In our project language is viewed as one of the semiotic systems that interlocutors have at their disposal to communicate. It is also viewed as a social product, developed in different contexts, which serves a specific social purpose and exists to provide interlocutors with the means of meaningful and purposeful communication.The project's starting point is introducing CLIL as a methodology to teach EFL classes and uses English as the language of instruction and as a working language. Yet, its very essence is a suggestion about organizing any CLIL class, regardless of which the language of instruction will be. Our model can support any CLIL class and can be easily used by subject teachers and language teachers alike. Our core content will be Astronomy - we will produce multi-modal teaching material to teach elementary Astronomy to students of lower secondary schools, aged 13 to 15, with a linguistic level of competence from A1 to B1+. Yet, Astronomy will not be our only content. The project has a cross-curricular character, meaning that we will seek affiliations with other school subjects, such as Geography, Biology, Arts, History, and this content will be integrated with the core content in an interdisciplinary way. Moreover, we will add a cultural component to the core content: Mythology. Mythology, Astronomy's cultural alter ego, will be our platform for an intercultural dialogue and a way to reduce cultural misunderstandings and tension among participants, teachers and students. Five (05) European lower secondary schools will cooperate to produce and develop an innovative CLIL class. Subject teachers will work along with language teachers to develop the teaching material and to carry out teaching CLIL sessions in a cross-curricular, multi-modal, interdisciplinary and intercultural way. Participating teachers will get involved in a short-term joint teacher-training workshop, a 'mentoring' training event, during which more experienced teachers in CLIL and its affiliations will pass their knowledege and experience to less experienced ones, thus coconstructing a commonly-shared platform of teaching the project.There will also be student exchange events where both students and teachers will have the chance to attend and organize 'inter-CLIL classes', sharing and integrating material, activities, content and language.Another very important aspect of this project is that it is actually an action research project, meaning that the teachers involved will investigate their own teaching practices, which will be reflected on and revisited throughout the project, aiming at drawing research conclusions from raw classroom practice to be presented at the end of the project and to be used in future CLIL classes.The project is expected to improve learners' linguistic and cognitive skills and will serve as a model for any CLIL class to be developed in any educational environment. The theoretical model is easily adapted to educational needs and a learner's linguistic level of competence and is rooted to a viable view of content and language teaching. Teachers are expected to develop professionally both because they will be producers and designers of their own teaching material and because they will be researchers of their own work.

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