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!


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.



Daniela Murgulet

FELT School Project Coordinator

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.



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:


 The draft schedule is available here:

FELT Summer School By-law:


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.


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:

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);



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”.

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)