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)