Posted by: FELT School | July 6, 2016

ESP Summer School: Participants’ Recollections

ESP Summer School:

Teaching English at the Vocational Schools Specialized in Gastronomy.

3-10 July 2016

Overview of the ESP Summer School 2016:

 

Participants’ Recollections and Comments

After this summer school, we have left behind:

  • the first ESP Summer School organised in the framework of the FELT School project;
  • a team of teachers from three countries – Moldova, Italy and Greece;
  • cooperation between VET Schools, our association and a local restaurant;
  • an improved handbook “English for Gastronomy” by adding online presentations, video recordings and quizes;
  • the EL teachers have learnt about Kahoot, Tackk and other online educational tools;
  • we have made new video recordings and Power Point presentations on ESP topics;
  • new sets of flashcards for the local VET schools;
  • opportunities of follow-up exchange visits.

Daniela Murgulet, Moldova

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After the summer school, I have left behind: Frienship! Online Presentations, two books, and 2 DVDs.

Anna Chiarenza, Italy

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Doresc sa multumesc pentru sansa de a invata de la niste profesori excelenti, care ne ofera diferite lectii in domeniul gastronomic. Astazi am avut sansa de a prepara bucate grecesti sub conducerea dl. Panagiotis. Am primit instructiuni despre cum se face o rezervare corecta la restaurant. Este o experienta de neuitat.

Isac Tatiana, Moldova

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Va multumesc foarte mult pentru oportunitatea oferita , ambianta a fost nemaipomenita alaturi de oaspetii nostri , atit la lectii cit si la bucatarie , D.Panagiotis ne-a redat o bucatica din bucataria sa extraordinara , in continuare astept ca prietnii nostri sa fie tot asa deschisi si va multumesc din nou , ma simt foarte bine🙂

Cristian Vuico, Moldova

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Thank you so much for this opportunity! I have really been enjoying the cooking workshops, learning information about traditional dishes, watching their preparation in real time and of course tasting them!!!

Rosemarie, Greece

Posted by: FELT School | July 6, 2016

ESP Summer School

A core group of 14 people participate in the ESP Summer School “Teachign English at the Vocational Schools Specialised in Gastronomy” in the period od 3 -10 July 2016.

EL teachers, waiters, VET school students from the cook specialty from Moldova, Italy and Greece will participate in a diversity of activities targeted to develop ESP resources and exchange teaching techniques.

The event is hosted by  Oliva Restaurant in Balti.

The summer school is organised by the Association “Continuing Education Center” in the framework of the FELT School project in collaboration with the Center for Excellence in Gastronomy and the financial support of the Foundation “Liechtenstein Development Service”.

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Posted by: FELT School | June 24, 2016

Visit from a Greek Primary School

The FELT Summer School had a great pleasure to have as special guests Mrs. Angeliki Martinou and Mrs. Aikaterini Kantourou from the 11th State Primary School of Piraeus, Greece for four days in Balti, Moldova. The aim of the visit was to meet our project staff, visit our summer school partners, observe demo lessons, provide feedback, attend the summer school evaluation session and plan an exchange visit for a group of EL teachers and pupils from Moldova to the Greek primary school. Besides the EL demo lessons, Mrs. Angeliki Martinou, the school principal, and Mrs. Aikaterini Kantourou, local EL teacher, joined one of our dancing lessons and enjoyed the traditional Moldovan clothing and dances.

 

Our honoured guests attended the summer school evaluation session. They talked to the children about their learning experience during the summer school which was based on the English course books from Moldova, Greece and Oxford publications. Gutu Loredan was the first pupil recruited to participate in the exchange visit to the primary school from Piraeus.

We also made sure that our Dear Friends catch a glimpse of Moldova and on the way to Balauresti Lyceum, one of the partner schools, we visited Curchi monastery, Cricova winery, and Hincu Monastery.

We hope that Mrs. Angeliki Martinou and Mrs. Aikaterini Kantourou was able not only to positively evaluate our summer school structure and results, but also, to meet the Moldovan culture, our lifestyle, and cuisine. We believe that this visit will tighten the relationship between our countries in scope of the educational projects that our association implements with the financial support of the Foundation “Liechtenstein Development Service”.

Thank you dear Mrs. Angeliki Martinou and dear Mrs. Aikaterini Kantourou, it was a pleasure to have you here with us!

 

Posted by: FELT School | June 23, 2016

Letter of Gratitude

Dear FELT Summer School Participants and Representatives of the Partner Institutions,

On behalf of the association “Continuing Education Center” let us expresses our sincere gratitude for the contribution you made to the FELT Summer School: Teaching English to Primary Learners, organized on the 11 – 17th  of June 2016 in Balti, Moldova.

I’d like to thank the EL teachers for delivering demo lessons for the 2nd and 3rd form pupils. They were appreciated by the primary learners, as confirmed by the evaluation forms performed by Mrs. Natalia Timofei and Mrs. Lilia Ciumac, the primary school teachers from G. Cosbuc Lyceum.

We are grateful for the time and effort you took to share your thoughts and experience and work fruitfully during the planning, observation and feedback sessions as well as the final evaluation session. We would like to encourage you to send us your lesson plans by the 30th of June 2016.

As a follow – up activity of the summer school we would like to invite you to revise and improve your lesson plans and join us for an ELT workshop on developing ELT resources that will be organized on the 9th of September 2016. Minimum 5 lesson plans will be selected and sent to Mrs. Aikaterini Kantourou for aproaval as part of the exchange visit to the 11th Primary School from Greece on the 19th  -23rd of September 2016.

Particular thanks go to Mrs. Elena Varzari, university lecturer from A. Russo Balti State University, and Aikaterini Kantourou, EL teacher from the 11th State Primary School of Piraeus, Greece for observing the demo lessons and providing constructive feedback to the EL teachers.

I also wish to express my gratitude for the organizational support and discussions held with Mrs. Ala Sainenco, dean of the Philology Faculty, A. Russo Balti State University, Viorica Bujor, principal at G. Cosbuc Lyceum, Natalia Timofei and Lilia Ciumac, local primary school teachers.

The greatest thanks go to Mrs. Angeliki Martinou, principal at the 11th State Primary School of Piraeus for implementing the joint project entitled “My Vacation Travel Journal” with the Greek pupils, sharing the students’ posters and stories with us and allowing us to use these resources in order to elaborate an English Reader for the 2nd and 3rd form pupils. We are also thankful for planning an exchange visit for the EL teachers and primary learners from Moldova to Greece.

Not least, I wish to thank the members of the project staff, Cazacu Veronica, Perdinscaia Nicoleta, Vilcu Nelea, Ursu Inga, Alexei Chiricenco who worked fruitfully together and shared logistics tasks and organizational assignments, tasks I could not have achieved alone. Furthermore, their attitude and responsibility gave us all the needed stability in this demanding phase of the summer school.

We owe a debt of gratitude to the Foundation “Liechtenstein Development Service” which supports financially the FELT School project and helps us to contribute to the professional development of the EL teachers from Moldova.

Please accept our sincere appreciation for your contribution to organizing this teacher training and the free educational opportunities for the children.

 

Sincerely,

Daniela Murgulet

FELT School Project Coordinator

Posted by: FELT School | June 22, 2016

Overview of the FELT Summer School

Ten English language teachers from different schools from Moldova and 52 primary learners from 5 schools from Balti, Glodeni, Falestii Noi and Cainarii Vechi have successfully completed the the FELT Summer School “Teaching English to Primary Learners”. The training programme was organised during the period of 11 – 17 June 2016 in Balti.

During one week EL teachers participated in a diversity of activities aimed to contribute the their professional development. They were encouraged to get involved in a personal exploration towards effective EL teaching. The training focused on theory and practice of teaching English, which includes ELT workshops, demo lessons, observation, self-analysis and feedback sessions, lesson planning, developing ELT resources and the ELT portfolio and obviously teambuilding activities.

To stimulate and nourish teachers’ imagination and creativity, the ELT curriculum of the summer school was designed on the basis of Moldovan, Greek and Oxford coursebooks. The teaching stategies also included flashcard-based interactive activities which helped the pupils to develop metacognitive skills along with ELT skills.

The primary school teachers from the hosting institution organised a course on personal development which helped the children find meaning in the relationships they forge as partners and team members, united in the act of learning.

The summer school was organised in colaboration with the English and German Language Chair, Faculty of Philology, A. Russo Balti State University and was hosted by G. Cosbuc Lyceum from Balti.

Two honoured guests, Mrs. Angeliki Martinou, principal of the 11th State Primary School of Piraeus, Greece and Mrs. Aikaterini Kantourou, English language teacher at this school, joined our summer school in Balti, sharing good EL teaching practice and discussing the opportunity of organising an exchange visit to the primary school from Piraeus as a follow-up activity of the summer school.

Minimum four EL teachers and four children, summer school participants, will be able to visit the partner school from Pireus in september 2016, promote EL lessons and participate in field trip excursions targeted to develop community based learning resources which are mandatory as part of the module on developing ELT resources and their ELT portfolio.

We would like to thank the Foundation “Liechtenstein Development Service” for the kind financial support of the FELT School project.

 

 

Posted by: FELT School | May 22, 2016

Call for applications: FELT Summer School 2016

Continuing Education Center is looking for participants to the FELT Summer School “Teaching English to Primary Learners”.

Activities for EL teachers:

  • ELT workshops
  • Developing your ELT portfolio by receiving free ELT resources
  • Lesson planning
  • Observation sessions
  • Teaching English to primary learners (2nd and 3rd form pupils)
  • Contribute to organising assessment sessions
  • Feedback session
  • Teambuilding and activities of personal development
  • Recorded ELT lessons and self- assessment

 

The English course for the primary learners, 2nd form, includes the following activities:

  • Flashcard based teaching – learning – assessment activities;
  • English through cartoons and multimedia resources;
  • English though games, chants and songs;
  • Energizers, activities of personal development, contests and fun activities;

The English course for the primary learners, 3rd form, includes the following activities:

  • English through cartoons and multimedia resources;
  • English through plays;
  • My Vacation Travel Journal;
  • Greek Mythology for Kids;
  • Children’s Storytelling Contest;
  • Energizers, activities of personal development, contests and fun activities;

 

How can you participate?

Round 1: Active participation

by attending all the ELT activities organized in partnership with the Lyceum G. Cosbuc from Balti.

Dates: 11 – 16 June 2016

We provide the meals and accommodation in a dormitory for free and reimburse your travel expenses up to 200 lei. (Variant 1)

We provide the meals and reimburse your daily travel expenses up to 100 lei if you don’t want to book accommodation in the dormitory. (Variant 2)

For participants from EU institutions we provide the meals, accommodation and reimburse the travel expenses up to 200 Euro.

Deadline for applications: 4th June, 2016

Application Procedure:

Interested applicants should apply on line: http://goo.gl/forms/8pGxU51kRkmkhs3l1

or

 The draft schedule is available here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1gWkYobmItbMGRIpR0xG7-Rf_lpmr3UV6x3F3O2XVazU/edit#gid=1558037405

FELT Summer School By-law:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/17Q9MeRn2BflF0oQWXdxs2Tx_a9vmbsptZmU-72U4Wf8/edit?usp=sharing

 

Round 2: Passive participation

by submitting the lesson plans for Module 1, Lessons 1- 6 which were implemented during the academic year 2015 – 2016 in the 2nd form at your local school and attending a two days training session, sharing good teaching practices, improving the lesson plans and integrating a diversity of ELT resources received  (for free) during the summer school.

The copy of the plans should be signed by the school representatives responsible for monitoring the ELT process at your local school and sent by regular mail (recommended option, preferably). The lesson plans may be typed or handwritten. Copies which are difficult to read or come as a bad copy will not be accepted.

Place:

Balti (for the teachers from the northern part of Moldova);

Chisinau (for the teachers from the central and southern part of Moldova).

Dates: End of August or September, depending on teacher’s choice.

We provide the meals and reimburse your daily travel expenses up to 120 lei.

Application Procedure:

Interested applicants should apply on line: http://goo.gl/forms/8pGxU51kRkmkhs3l1

and should submitting the lesson plans to the following address: A. O. “Centrul pentru Educaţie Continuă” , str. Sf. Nicolai 1/26, mun. Bălţi 3100, RM.

Deadline for submitting the lesson plans:

  • 30th June, 2016 (up to 100 – 150 candidates will be recruited);
  • 31st July, 2016 (up to 50 candidates will be recruited);
  • 15th august, 2016 (up to 30 candidates will be recruited);

 

Important:

Teacher currently involved in the FELT School Teaching Internship Programme can also apply to the summer school.

 

During the evaluation sessions, minimum two teachers will be recruited to visit a Greek state or private school and co – teach English to a target group of primary learners (5 days in 2016).

 The FELT School project is implemented with the financial support of the Foundation “Liechtenstein Development Service”.

Posted by: FELT School | May 18, 2016

EL Teaching Internship in Greece

Enthusiastic to share the ELT flashcards with the primary learners from Greece, I started collaboration activities with the 11th Primary School of Piraeus, Greece in the framework of FELT School project. From the 9th to the 13th of May 2016, I had the opportunity to meet the teachers and the pupils from the given institution, implement two sets of ELT flashcards during the EL lessons for the 1st – 4th form pupils as well as meet the 5th and 6th form pupils and discuss about the Greek and Moldovan schools and lifestyle.

What a treat it was to be accepted on a short visit at the 11th Primary School of Piraeus! The school setting gave me the impression that the given experience was a true journey through different periods of Greek history. Appealing paintings, figurines, children’s drawings and school projects expose the visitors to the Cycladic culture, Minoan culture and the legendary gods living in the shining palace on top of the Mount of Olympus. They also lead you to the classical era of Greece, while the icons reveal the Orthodox faith and values of Greek people.

The teachers were so generous and hospitable sharing teaching practices, discussing school projects, co-teaching English classes, sharing cups of lovely herbal tea and Greek cookies, inviting me for an evening stroll to the magnificent monument of the ancient world and the symbol of the city of Athens, the Acropolis, treating me to a delicious Greek dinner, spending time together, connecting, building stronger relationships and discussing opportunities of further collaboration.

We aim to extend our collaboration activities and initiate short- term teaching internships, share ELT flashcards with the Greek pupils, invite teachers to our summer schools in ELT and elaborate an English course on Greek mythology which will be piloted in the framework of the summer school in 2016.

What about the pupils? The children welcomed me with open arms, participated joyfully in the flashcard based activities and shared drawings and cuddly hugs. “The lesson using the flashcard set “The Legend of the English Vowels” with the 4th form pupils was a success!” said Mrs.Stergiani Matsagani, one of the local EL teachers.

I felt so blessed to have visited this school and I am so excited to continue our collaboration in ELT for primary learners in partnership with the 11th Primary School of Piraeus.

I would like to thank Mrs. Martinou Aggeliki, the school principal, for providing me the opportunity to visit the primary school and exchange teaching practices with the Greek teachers. I would like to express my gratitude to all the local teachers and send my kind regards to Mrs.Stergiani Matsagani, Mrs. Helen and Mrs. Aikaterini Kantourou for the fruitfull collaboration and the amazing week at their school.

I would like to thank the Foundation “Liechtenstein Development Service” for providing the necessary funds to develop ELT resources and implement them in different schools from Moldova and the primary school from Greece.

(D. Murgulet, FELT School Project Coordinator)

 

 

Posted by: FELT School | April 18, 2016

FELT School Teaching Internship

The teaching internship program is designed for English language teachers who are currently employed by a state institution and who seek an alternative opportunity to continue their professional development.

The internship is organised in the framework of the FELT School project which is implemented with the kind financial support of the Foundation “Liechtenstein Development Service”.

Interns teach in areas of:

English for primary learners (primary school level)

English for Specific Purposes (vocational schools specialised in gastronomy)

 

Subjects covered by the teaching internship

English for primary learners, 2nd form

English for primary learners, 3rd form

English for primary learners, 4th form

ESP, English for VET school students (students from the following specialties: waiters, bartenders, cooks, pastry cooks)

ESP, English for VET school candidates (9th form pupils)

Interns have from 3 months to a year-long working contract with a FELT School partner school. Your local school can become a partner institution in the framework of the project as well.

Upon completion of a teaching internship at the local level, teachers will be able to apply to a short – term (or summer school) teaching internship abroad.

In addition, interns will participate in pre-service training and a series of TDP activities and summer schools.

Internship Program Benefits:

  • Supplement your income while attending a teacher development program;
  • Improve ELT skills by attending workshops, online planning sessions, feedback sessions and other activities to support your professional development;
  • Engage in sessions of evaluating and improving your ELT portfolio;
  • Develop a collegial-support network to enrich your teaching skills and learn from a team of teachers who will also support you during your internship experience;
  • Provide a model collaboration between state institutions and NGOs aiming to promote quality education for pupils from rural areas from the Republic of Moldova.

 

Steps for Applying to the Internship Program:

1. Apply for FELT School Teacher Internship:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1gFydfhB9hE_my6c-4mc0G_c1OEVfXYrf_3ULNZ37RJo/viewform

2.Submit the following documents via email: CV and letter of intention describing how you could be a successful intern.

3. Before starting the Internship Program, you must meet the following requirements

1. Complete or be enrolled in our course “Project-based Learning”, submit developed documents during the course and having 50% of your documents approved by the FELT School team by 12 June 2016;

2. Evaluate your ELT portfolio for the subject you are applying (the evaluation form will be emailed to the candidates after receiving the application form).

3. Submit a letter from the behalf of your local school confirming the request for your extracurricular activities (for teachers who wish to organize extracurricular activities in ELT at their local school):

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CkOXISt_2zO5V-6zYJ_FUxSrWAt4j-xTAsh4bDuSCYs/edit?usp=sharing

4. Parent’s agreement for each student who attends the after school program or the extracurricular activities in English.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kD_r8A6AqLCOIZyRslKz-h9LybUqmMHu325T2cpZKj4/edit?usp=sharing

Priority:

  • Candidates who need to receive or defend their teaching degree within the next two years;
  • Candidates who are eager to organize extracurricular activities in English for the pupils from their local school;
  • Candidates who can work as short- term substitute teachers at an appointed partner school;
  • Candidates who have previous working or training experience in the framework of the FELT School project;
  • Joint applications for the same subject (two teacher from the same school or from different schools);
  • Short term contracts for women who are currently on a maternity leave and their child is more than 2 years;

Deadline for applications: 1 May 2016

For further information, contact us via email: apply.felt.school@gmail.com

Frequently Asked Question

How many pupils should be in a group? > Minimum 10 pupils for primary learners, minimum 8 for 9th form pupils. 

How will teachers receive the money? > direct transfer on their card on the basis of a contract and monthly report (simple table format, fill in template).

 

 

 

In April 2016, co- teaching activities for primary learners were organised for two groups of 2nd form pupils from Glodeni and Cainarii Vechi.

The activities were organised due to the motivation of the local EL teachers to get involved in projects which help them improve their ELT skills and the administration of these institutions who welcomed activities of professional development for the beginner teachers as well as extracurricular activities for the primary learners.

The pupils participated in interactive learning and evaluation activities. Two pupils from each school will participate in our annual summer school for primary learners.

We would like to express our appreciation for the fruitful collaboration to the Lyceum “Vasile Coroban” from Glodeni and the Gymnasium “Andrei Porcescu” from Cainarii Vechi, as well as to the local EL teachers, Mrs. Catalina Babuci, Mrs. Liudmila Mandatari, Mr. Vasile Cebotari.

 

The co-teaching activities are targeted to improve the ELT capacity at the local schools and are organised in the framework of the FELT School project due to the kind financial support of the Foundation “Liechtenstein Development Service”.

Posted by: FELT School | March 20, 2016

ESP Workshop for EL Teachers from Vocational Schools

On the 19th of March 2016 8 English language teachers from vocational schools specialized in gastronomy attended a workshop on developing ESP resources.

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Learning flashcards-based ELT activities

The main outputs of the workshop are:

teachers are informed how to use a diversity of resources elaborated for the course “English for Gastronomy” including flashcards (teacher’s set and trainee’s set), videos, audio resources, online surveys, observation forms, free online learning tools.

teachers improved their teaching portfolio with ELT resources elaborated on the basis on the students’ EOP needs;

teachers are informed how to apply to a summer school training design to contribute to their professional development.

The workshop took place at the Center of Excellence in Gastronomy and was organised in the framework of FELT School project due to the kind financial support of the Foundation “Liechtenstein Development Service”.

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Group Photo / 19 March 2016

 

A short presentation of the course “English for Gastronomy” is available here:

 

 

 

 

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