Începând cu data de 28 februarie 2020, elevii școlilor profesionale din Republica Moldova pot studia limba engleză utilizând manualul publicat pentru specialitățile conexe domeniului gastronomie și resursele online integrate în acest curs.
Manualul ,,Engleza pentru Gastronomie” a fost publicat cu suportul financiar al Fundației Serviciul de Dezvoltare din Liechtenstein. Elevii, profesorii de limba engleză și maiștrii de la școlile partenere din Balti, Cupcini, Stefan-Vodă, Cahul, și Catania, Italia au fost implicați în ateliere de lucru tematice privind bucatele tradiționale moldovenești și italiene, iar fotografiile și secvențele video au fost utilizate pentru a elabora fișe didactice tematice și resurse online pentru acest curs.
La data de 28 februarie 2020 manualul și resursele online au fost pilotate înt-un grup țintă de elevi de la IP Centrul de Excelență în Servicii și Prelucrarea Alimentelor din mun. Bălți.
Elevii au apreciat resursele utilizate precum și activitățile organizate pentru elevii de la diverse școli profesionale și oportunitățile de a contrinui la elaborarea de resurse care ulterior pot fi utilizate în procesul de predare- învățare-evaluare a limbii engleze.
Pentru moment doar profesorii de limba engleză au acces la toate resursele online. Asociația ,,Centrul pentru Educație Continuă” va continua colaborarea cu instituțiile vizate pentru a crea oportunități de accesare a resurselor online pentru fiecare elev de la școlile profesionale care ar dori să studieze limba engleză pentru gastronomie.
La data de 28 februarie 2020 va avea loc sesiunea de evaluare a proiectului ,,Engleza pentru Gastronomie 2019″.
Evenimentul este găzduit de Centrul de Excelență în Servicii și Prelucrarea Alimentelor, mun. Bălți.
Profesorii de limba engleză de la școlile profesionale care activează în domeniul gastronomiei și elevii școlilor profesionale care au pilotat aceast manual sunt invitați la acest eveniment.
Evenimentul include activități de evaluare a procesului de pilotare a manualului ,,Engleza pentru Gastronomie”, lecții demonstative și atelier de lucru privind integrarea resurselor online elaborate în concordanță cu acest manual.
Proiectul ,,English for Gastronomy 2019” este implimentat cu suportul financiar al Fundației Serviciul de Dezvoltare din Liechtenstein.
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.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
Daniela Murgulet, president of the sssociation ‘Continuing Education Center’ has attended the stimulating international conference organised by the IATEFL ESP SIG and Zurich University of Applied Sciences on the 29-30 of June 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland.
The results of developing video resources and integrating them in the ESP couirse book ‘English for Gastronomy’ were presented at the conference as part of the workhsop organised by Daniela Murgulet. It was a privilege to be able to discuss the FELT School project and the video resources developed for the English courses for the vocational schools from Moldova with teachers from different countries. New contacts have been established with teachers interested in exploring the use of videos in language teaching and encouraging student generated course content in the ESP courses.
The conference provided a unique opportunity to attend workshops delivered by teachers from all over the world and discover new apps and platforms used in language teaching as well as tools that can be used in evaluating and monitoring learners’ progress.
We are enthusiatic to share the newly acquired knowledge and resoucres with the English language teachers from the vocational schools and we are honoured to announce teachers from different countries, IATEFL members, have generously accepted to contribute to the development of the CPD programme for the teachers from the vocational schools from Moldova, organising online trainings and sharing valuable resources and experiences during the academic year 2018-2019.
The association ‘Continuing Education Center’ is a member of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language and a member of the ESP SIG group since March 2018.
Our participation in the conference was possible due to the partial funding from the behalf of the Foundation ‘Liechtenstein Development Service.’
The FELT Shool project has been implemented over the last 5 years due to the kind financial support of the Foundation ‘Liechtenstein Development Service.’