Do you still have your childhood journal full of adventures, secrets, worries, and achievement?
Have you ever wished to write a story or a childhood recollection in English?
FELT School invites
all its friends, colleagues,
EL teachers, writers, journalists,
ELT fellows and programmes and any interested persons from all over the world
to share a story which will be published as part of
the FELT School ELT Readers for Primary Learners.
We aim to bring a free ELT Reader to all the children from Moldova!
We believe that building reading skills is a team effort!
We have available funds and equipment to publish ELT Readers for all the children from Moldova as part of a grant awarded by the Foundation “Liechtenstein Development Service”, project 414_2015/2018.
We would also greatly appreciate community contributions such as:
- writing and donating stories to be published;
- working as part of the editing board of the ELT Readers;
- reading the stories and making audio recordings;
- drawing and painting pictures for our ELT Readers
- support in organizing reading clubs or reading activities at the local schools;
- trainings for our EL teachers eager to organize reading activities as part of the school extracurricular activities, including CPD and teambuilding activities;
- Publish and provide 25 to 50 free ELT readers (2nd, 3rd and 4th form) for additional home assignments, extracurricular activities or reading clubs;
- Help the children develop reading and speaking skills as well as awareness and positive attitude towards different values, including friendship, education, family, cultural and intercultural communication, empathy, courage, etc. by writing stories on the given topics and elaborating additional reading comprehension exercises to supplement each story;
- Elaborating a programme on Building Reading Comprehension Skills in English for all the levels of primary learners and applying to the ME for approving it as an optional course for the Moldovan schools;
- Helping struggling readers by increasing the number of pupils who attended extracurricular activities on building reading comprehension skills from 160 in 2016 -2017 to minimum 500 in 2017-2018;
- Preventing children’s reading difficulties in English at the primary level by achieving the goals of this project and expanding it to more schools every year;
- Promote strong reading skills as a key educational value and asset via videos, booklets and social media;
- Motivate the strong readers and recognize their achievements via demo lessons, evaluation videos, conference presentations, summer school activities, children’s play performances or puppet shows;
- Promote building reading skills as a team effort by involving teachers, writers, school managers, parents and other interested community members in helping the pupils develop the love and passion for reading;
- Help children develop emotional intelligence and creativity, leading to their personal development, improved confidence and school achievements;
The list of contributions will be updated here:
- D. Murgulet, EL Teacher from Moldova has wriiten and published the story: The School Bells (2016)
- Maria Mexi, EL teacher from Piraeus, Greece is currently writting a story for our project!
- Olesea Ipatii, EL teacher from Moldova, is planning to draw pictures for our stories!
Watch this video for an overview of what we have managed to do during the school year 2016-2017.
Description of the problem.
According to the national school curriculum, the children from Moldova start learning English (or other foreign language) when they are in the second form (primary learners). Thus, reading in English is a prerequisite knowledge and skill that is fundamental for proficient work and school achievements at any level.
Insufficient reading guidance. A lot of children struggle because they have received poor or insufficient reading instructions and guidance in their first years of studying English.
The programme is English is set at a fixed pace for all the children and this creates high risks for many children to become struggling readers and to fall behind the basic line;
Lack of additional resources. The Ministry of Education provides a school textbook for free for every child and the parents buy the student’s book.
There are a few schools which have a collection of English Readers or an English corner at school which provides books for additional reading activities for the primary learners. In this way, many children lack the opportunity to read in English, many of them have never had and read an English book.
The other available opportunities include book shops which offer English readers from leading international publishing houses but childrens and schools can’t afford buying them. Some projetcs and ELT programmes have brought donations of new or used books in some schools from Moldova. In spite of this effort, many schools and children remain will no access to an ELT Reader.
All the persons who will contribute with a story will be the sponsors of this project and can apply to become the a member of the editing board of our ELT Readers.
You can make a valuable contribution to many children from so many vulnerable families which have a monthly income below 150 Euros and need support in investing in their education.
5 steps to help the children from Moldova build reading and speaking skills in English:
1. Donnate a story to be published, draw a picture for our stories or make an audio recording;
2. Join us to launch the ELT Readers (1 round: 1 September 2017, on Knowledge Day, 2 round: 10 December 2017, on International Day of Human Rights;
3. Help us disseminate the ELT readers in the Moldovan schools;
4. Inspire the children by organising guided reading activities (via summer schools and extracurricular activities thoughout the school year);
5. Recognise their reading achievements:
- via local and national contests in reading: October 2017 and April 2018
- presentations at national and international conferences,
- evaluation videos uploaded on YouTube, etc.
Person: Daniela Murgulet, FELT School Project Coordinator