OZCOT invites you to the Online Drama Club

Dear teachers,

We would like to invite you to play the key role of Wizards and Good Witches and join our Online Drama Club called Ozcot.

You could help us tremendously by making a 2-5 minute audio or video recording or even live in our Online Drama Club.

You could be the Wizard of Oz travelling in the hot-air balloon telling us where you have recently landed and sharing with us some information about that place. It could be a monument, a park, or even a central square with its Christmas decorations.

You could as well be Dorothy who has seen different interesting places on her way to the Palace of Oz.

Even your children or your pupils could be Dorothy, the Tin Woodman, the Lion, wearing green glasses in the Palace of Oz and reading the related dialogues from the script we provide. They can speak in a different voice for each character by looking for clues that describe the character’s voice and body language but the most important input they will bring will be letting children hear English and enjoy different accents as pupils from different countries read the same dialogue.

Who are we?

The association ‘Continuing Education Center’ aims to contribute to improving the ELT process in the Republic of Moldova. Our main focus is teaching English to primary learners and teaching English at the vocational schools specialized in gastronomy.

The main projects targeted to improve teaching English to primary learners are FELT School and Guided Reading in English.

Some detailed information about the programme ‘Guided Reading in English’.

We value guided reading as an efficient method of English language learning and personal development.

We nourish children’s love of reading in English and inspire them to improve their English skills by becoming a presenter of the programme Bedtime Stories as they start reading books, then join our Roald Dahl Storytelling Club once they have read and retold 5 books, and finally join our Online Drama Club once they have read and retold from 10 to 20 books and are ready to follow their heart and discover their courage along with the characters of the plays.

We empower parents to create unforgettable memories and cherished moments while reading books together, playing vocabulary and reading comprehension games or listening with bewilderment to the children as they act in plays.

Current Activities organised as part of the Online Drama Club

It has become a tradition to perform Christmas plays and share the joy of the winter holidays with the children.

This year we are working on the performance of the play based on the book ‘The Wizard of Oz’ by L. F. Baum.

At some point we felt a strong need to share what we are doing with other teachers and children, invite other children, parents and teachers to see our children’s performance and we have also realized there are so many children in Moldova (both in our villages and in our towns) who “feel stuck in the grey Kansas” and wonder how the people in other lands live, just the same as Dorothy does before visiting the Land of Oz. This is how we came up to the idea of the Online Drama Club of Magic Wizards and Good Witches.

We would like to help children who ‘feel stuck in the grey Kansas’, see what life is like somewhere over the rainbow…, as the song goes, as well as help them reflect upon the differences, similarities as well as daily local life of people from different villages, towns, countries and hopefully realize how happy they can be at home, how wonders can happen even when you are at home by enjoying the power of the words, storytelling and and role playing in an online drama club.

Teachers, parents and pupils can play the key role of wizards, good witches, and other characters by contributing to performing as part of our Online Drama Club.

Resources

We will share the script of the play and other resources via our Facebook page Guided Reading in English and closed group OZCOT Online Drama Club.

Recognition of your contribution

All the teachers will receive an e-certificate of participation
and we thank you in advance for helping the children still believe in in Magic Wizards and Good Witches. The certificates will be sent in January 2020.

Steps to make this project a dream come true

If you are eager to help us to fulfill this dream, please (1) like and follow our Facebook page Guided Reading in English and (2) join our group OZCOT Online Drama Club.

(3) Choose who will make the video or audio presentation: either you as a teacher or you pupils/ your children. Teachers who want to make a video recording themselves can skip the next steps. Please find the teacher’s handout in the group (Facebook page Guided Reading in English> group OZCOT Online Drama Club).

(4) Choose the part of the script you wish to record.

(5) Read the play and discuss it with the children so that they understand the characters, the sequence of events and the meaning of this project.

(6) Rehearse the selected part to make sure the children feel comfortable reading or role playing the given part.

(7) Plan the time and the setting (in the classroom, in the center of the village or town, next to an important place in your location, etc.) This is a key element which will help the children from Moldova (and hopefully from different other countries as well) visit your place via your video and get to know some interesting information about it!!!

(8) The Mission:) Make the recording and upload it in our group OZCOT Online Drama Club.

(9) Keep an eye on us, let’s appreciate the contributions and share the videos with our pupils!

Deadline

As Dorothy wishes to get home for Christmas, we think that the 25th of December is a reasonable deadline, although we will gladly accept recording by the 31st of January. Our primary learners will be performing in front of their parents on the 8th of December and we will be honored to share our version. So, keep an eye on our page and our Online Drama Club:)

Q&A

Some resources are available via the link from our Google drive. If you do not have a Google account, feel free to let us know and we will send you the information via the email.

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to leave us a message.

Looking forward to seeing you in our online club and sharing more details with you.

Contact data

Person: Daniela Murgulet, project coordiantor

Email: daniela.murgulet@feltschool.net

107 CĂRȚI ÎN LIMBA ENGLEZĂ PENTRU ELEVII CLASELOR PRIMARE

107 cărți în limba engleză vor fi distribuite gratuit elevilor din clasele primare sau bibliotecii clasei Dvs.

Elevii, părinții sau profesorii care doresc să primească această carte sunt invitați să urmărească pagina noastră de Facebook Guided Reading in English și să propună sugestii de distribuire a acestor cărți.

Cele mai interesante propuneri vor fi selectate la data de 15 aprilie 2019. Candidații vor fi contactați prin intermediul paginii de Facebook, iar rezultatele vor fi anunțate la data de 15 aprilie pe site-ul nostru feltschool.net și pagina de facebook sus-menționată.

Cartea “The School Bell” a fost publicată de D. Murguleț în cadrul proiectului FELT School 414_2015-2018 cu suportul financiar al Fundației Serviciul de Dezvoltare din Liechtensetin.

107 cărți întitulate The School Bell, ediția a 2-a, au fost achiziționate la data de 2 aprilie 2019 de Melenciuc Cristina care a dorit să contribuie la organizarea unei campanii de informare despre proiectul ,,Lectură Ghidată în Limba Engleză” și reeditarea acestei cărți.

Primele două ediții a cărții includ seturi de exerciții care ghidează elevul în timpul lecturii, iar ediția a treia este îmbunătățită și ne încântă și cu desenele care ne readuc tabloul feeric de iarnă când afară ninge liniștit iar noi facem plăcințele cu mama.

Citiți această carte pentru a afla ce a făcut Anișoara, personajul principal, când a observat că petalele de trandafir au formă de inimoare.

Trăiește povestea serilor de primăvară alături de noi.

Susține campania 1000 de cărți în limba engleză pentru clasele primare. Acesta este următorul nostru tiraj!

Programul SEA din 22 decembrie 2018

La data de 22 decembrie 2018, A.O. ,,Centrul pentru Educație Continuă” va organiza Sesiunea de Evaluare Anuală și Matineul de Anul Nou.
Locul: Sala de conferințe a hotelului Vispas, Bălți
 
Program:
 
12:00 – 12:30 Înregistrarea participanților & repartizarea agendei și materialelor.
                       Completarea și colectarea chestionarelor pentru tombolă.
 
12:30 Deschiderea sesiunii de evaluare 
 
12: 40 Christmas Plays:
  • Christmas New Friends (gr. 1.3.)
  • Christmas News from Around the World (gr.6)
  • New Year’s Eve (gr.2.1GC)
  • The Ant and the Cricket (gr. 2.1 SV)
  • The Emperor’s New Clothes (gr 2.2)
  • Lester’s Christmas Wishes (gr 3)
  • The Town Santa Forgot (gr 4)
  • The Magic Antlers (gr 5 a)
  • Duffy’s Christmas Message ( gr 5 b)
 
2:45 – 3:45  Înmânarea certificatelor participanților la următoarele evenimente:
 
  • Concursul Jocului Didactic în Limba Engleză (Runda 1, an 2018-2019),
  • Certificatele de participare la cursurile de limba engleză,
  • Certificatele de participare în cadrul proiectelor FELT School și Știri pe Alese,
  • Certificatele de participare la vizitele de schimb de experientă de la Școala Primară nr 11 din Piraeus, Grecia.
 
3:45  – 4:00 Tombola cu vouchere și cadouri.
 
4:00 – 4:30 Fotografii de grup
 
 
PS.
Vă sugerăm să  îmbrăcați haina festivă preferată, sau uniforma școlara și caciulița lui Moș Crăciun!
 
Vă multumesc pentru colaborare și contribuție în planificarea și organizarea acestui eveniment.
Vă așteptăm cu drag!

Are you a teacher? These Q&A are for you!

I have been brought up in a culture where there was a powerful association between a teacher and knowledge in general. Later, I became a teacher myself and began questioning how to share my knowledge and help the learners improve their English skills.

I worked as a university lecturer for 10 years and I had other short term or summer jobs as a teacher, teacher trainer, or language instructor. I have experienced many interviews, either as a candidate or as a HR panel. I have also been working as FELT School project coordinator for another 10 years and recently, I asked myself “If you were going to hire a new teacher, what would you ask in the interview?” I made my Interview Question List. Then, I wondered how I would answer these questions myself.

I’d like to share with students, future English language teachers,  and interested colleagues three of these questions and my answers.

  1. What are your most valuable abilities?
  • the ability to reach expected outcomes,
  • the ability to personalize learning,
  • the ability to use online tools in English language teaching that best meet learner’s needs,
  • the ability to teach the learners how to learn (metacognitive skills),
  • the ability to create a strategy that motivates learners to study English (and inspires them to ask for more individual workJ)

 

  1. How do you manage your own professional growth?

I am committed to grow professionally and I have developed an annual plan for continuous learning. During the last three years I worked as a project coordinator, teacher trainer and resource developer and we had a budget of around 5000 Euros for professional development. The funds were available via the kind financial support of the Foundation Liechtenstein Development Service.

Our organisation is a member of  IATEFL – International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language – and I attend online webinars and annual conferences. We are members of three special interest groups: Material Writing, Teacher Training and Education, and English for Specific Purposes.

I also developed and participated in summer schools and exchange visits at partners schools from Greece and Italy.

I keep working with teachers from EU via educational platforms and joint projects, I participate in professional communities online and I take online courses.

I implement the acquired knowledge and skills during our English courses and involve the learners in the feedback process in order to critically consider the efficiency of my teaching style and collaborative projects. I improve our communication and collaboration strategy with the parents and value their feedback.

 

  1. Give an example of how you encouraged your students to self-assess their work and publish it for a wider audience?

I use different tools to raise student’s awareness of how to self-assess their work as it helps them develop active listening, critical thinking and a sense of autonomy. I encourage the primary learners to make live presentations for their parents, I taught the 5th and 6th form pupils how to work collaboratively via educational platforms and encouraged them to join our High Tech High Content English course.

I involved the students from the vocational schools in the process of making video recordings for the course English for Gastronomy and published the video resources on YouTube, on the educational platform we use and some of them on the blog of the Gastronomy Club. Some students have also participated in interviews and the videos are also available as part of the e-portfolio on the blog.

My next step is to encourage the learners taking our course in Guided Reading to take the role of bloggers and publish their essays or share their thoughts via our Guided Reading Blog or create and shares stories via Instagram.

 

Bobocei Poligloți cu Inimă de Leu

La data de 25 mai 2018 a avut loc sesiunea de evaluare a programului de internship ,,Predarea Limbii Engleze în Clasele Primare”.

La eveniment au participat 15 profesori de limba engleză din raioanele Hîncești, Leova, Cantemir, Nisporeni, Briceni, Soroca,  40 de elevi ai claselor a 1-a de la 3 instituții din or. Hîncești, 40 de elevi ai claselro a doua de la L.T. ,,M.Eminescu” din or. Hîncețti, L.T. ,,L.Blaga” din or. Iargara, rn Leova, Gimnaziul Bălăurești din raionul Nisporeni și 7 părinți.

Elevii claselor 1-a din raionul Hâncești au participat la o sesiune de instruire unde au învățat cum să utilizeze jocul didactic în procesul de învățare a limbii engleze. În plus, începând cu luna septembrie 2018, profesorii vor putea utiliza această tehnică pentru a integra evaluarea formativă interactivă în procesul de învățare a limbii engleze în acest grup țintă în concordanță cu metodologia privind evaluarea criterială prin descriptori în clasele primare.

 

Elevii claselor a doua au participat la prima ediție a concursului jocului didactic. Ei au jucat în grupuri mici concurând cu semenii lor de la instituțiile prezente la eveniment. În cadrul concursului au fost utilizate diverse seturi de fișe didactice axate pe diverse teme conform curriculum-ului școlar. La finele rundei a doua a concursului au fost nominalizați 9 elevi care au primit medalia ,,Bobocei Poligloți cu Inimă de Leu”.

Prin mesajul ,, Bobocei Poligloți…”, medaliile vin să recunoască rezultatele foarte bune obținute de elevi și promovează importanța studierii limbii engleze în clasele primare. În același timp medaliile subliniază importanța  integrării abilităților metacognitive aduse de jocului didactic în cadrul lecțiilor de limba engleză în clasa 1-a și a 2-a pentru a educa o ,,Inimă de Leu” – un elev cu încredere în sine, care comunică asertiv, își formează strategii de lucru în timpul jocului, argumentează opinia sa, se autocorectează, își organizează procesul de învățare-evaluare și își formează anumite deprinderi de lucru individual  prin intermediul jocului didactic, depune un efort intelectual mărit și își dezvoltă motivația spre învățare.

Pe parcursul anului de studii 2017-2018, 14 instituții școlare au participat în cadrul programului de internship. Trei din aceste instituții, L.T. ,,M.Eminescu” din or. Hîncețti, L.T. ,,L.Blaga” din or. Iargara, rn Leova, și Gimnaziul Bălăurești din raionul Nisporeni,  au reușit să integreze fișele didactice în procesul de  predarea și evaluarea formativă interactivă a limbii engleze în cadrul a minim 5 lecții, iar în cadrul acestei sesiuni de evaluare au fost acceptate în calitate de membru în cadrul platformei ,,Predarea Limbii Engleze Centrată pe Elev”.

Evenimentul a fost organizat în cadrul proiectului FELT School nr 414_2015-2018 în colaborare cu biblioteca publică din incinta complexului istorico-arhitectural Manuc Bey, or. Hâncești, consiliul raional Hîncești, complexului istorico-arhitectural Manuc Bey, și instituțiile partenere din cadrul programului de internship.

 

Proiectul FELT School nr 414_2015-2018 este implimentat cu suportul financiar al Fundației ,,Serviciul de Dezvoltare din Liechtenstein”.