Hands On CLIL Erasmus Project

General information for the Hands On CLIL Erasmus Project

Hands On CLIL Erasmus Project
July 7, 2020 12:00 am

Project Title

Hands On CLIL

Project Key Action

This project related with these key action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Project Action Type

This project related with this action type : Strategic Partnerships for Schools Only

Project Call Year

This project’s Call Year is 2017

Project Topics

This project is related with these Project Topics: International cooperation, international relations, development cooperation; Teaching and learning of foreign languages; New innovative curricula/educational methods/development of training courses

Project Summary

Hands On CLIL aimed to promote the professional development of educational staff within CLIL and bilingual education, namely by comparing teaching methods in different European countries; develop and increase skills on bilingual education; create educational resources at primary level for bilingual teaching in Science, Arts and Crafts, Music, PE, Citizenship, Geography, with ICT use; develop skills on writing curricula and methodological resources for bilingual education (CLIL); and foster students foreign language skills while learning different topics content, providing the use of foreign language in meaningful and real life situations.
The project was developed by four European schools from Portugal, Spain, Slovakia and Turkey, from kindergarten to grade 6. According to the project final evaluation report available at: https://twinspace.etwinning.net/45364/pages/page/359519, it involved 27 teachers from different subjects, 142 pupils and 72 parents. According to the aforementioned report the results/ impact are as follow:
– There was an increase of CLIL knowledge for the participant teachers with over 60% of the teachers finding the project very effective, especially if one takes into consideration that at the beginning of the project, according to the Need Analysis undertaken, nearly 60% of the respondents had never employed CLIL methodology in their teaching practice and 74% of the respondents mentioned having no training in CLIL. It is safe to say the project has provided teachers with new strategies and resources for CLIL implementation offering them a variety to choose from and adapt to the groups they are working with bridging the gap of lacking training in this field. Since the project has created a database with Open Educational Resources, the project gains sustainability for further implementation.
– More than 50% of the participant pupils consider that learning language and content at the same time is a better way to learn a foreign language as well as school subjects like science, music, arts, etc. It also stands out from pupils’ evaluations the project has made great contributions to help them become available for challenges and to deal with unforeseen situations, skills needed to deal with the 21st Century challenges. It also increased learners’ motivation and confidence in both language and the subject taught and raised their awareness of being a European citizen.
– As far as parents, they consider Hands On CLIL has produced great impact in terms of foreign language use, motivation for learning and better management of ICT skills, all aims set at the beginning of the project. It is also clear that parents valued real and communicative activities when comes to choose and evaluate the activities with greater learning impact for foreign language use. They also became more engaged into school life.
– For the participant Schools it introduced changes into the schools’ curriculum including contents of the project, enriching their schools’ offer with higher standards and a bigger interest around the school in the local community, enhancing cooperation amongst headmaster, teachers and parents as well as other local educational institutions as well as national stakeholders.
The project followed a Strategic Action Plan which identified a sequence of steps to be completed, such as planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and dissemination. The final products are published in the project’s eTwinning TwinSpace – https://twinspace.etwinning.net/45364/home, Website – https://handsonclil.weebly.com/ and Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/handsonclil/.
It is safe to state the activities were fully accomplished during the project’s lifecycle:
(1) A needs analysis questionnaire was applied, and the data stood for the preparation of the CLIL Tool Kit, the workshops and the lesson plans (CLIL pathways modules).
(2) A leaflet was prepared containing its objectives and the project’s activities, used as an institutional tool to disseminate the project.
(3) Logo competition.
(4) Hands On CLIL E+ corner.
(5) Creation and maintenance of the project’s eTwinning platform, website and Facebook page, integrated in the dissemination plan and as part of the OER and Exchange of Good Practices.
(6) A state-of-the-art report about the use of CLIL Methodology in Primary Schools in each involved country.
(7) eTwinning Live Events to share and present the CLIL Tool Kit Guide as well as CLIL materials.
(8) CLIL Pathways were created into modules organised around a lesson(s) template, a pre and post-test and resources: Science, Arts & Crafts, P.E., Music, Geography, Citizenship, Lower Primary and Kindergarten.
(9) CLIL lessons filmed.
(10) Live Streaming CLIL lessons implemented.
(11) Europe Day celebrations.
(12) Online sessions to keep track of the Project Action Plan.
(13) Project Magazine Nr.1, Nr. 2.
(14) Good Practices Catalogue.
(15) Learning/teaching/training activities foreseen in the application.

EU Grant (Eur)

Funding of the project from EU: 73559 Eur

Project Coordinator

Agrupamento de Escolas de Marco de Canaveses & Country: PT

Project Partners

  • Istituto Comprensivo Li Punti
  • Zakladna skola, Skultetyho 1, Nitra
  • Ekto dimotiko sholeio Egaleo
  • Ozel Gaziantep Bahcesehir Ortaokulu