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Strategies Towards European Plurilingualism


  I.S.I.S. "F. Enriques"
  Otto Hahn Gymnasium
  Peebles High School
  Vammalan Lukio
  Lähte Ühisgümnaasium

  The project is to enable students, aged between 14 and 18, to better participate in a European framework and to achieve marketable skills for future EU-wide employment. The aim is encourage them to learn more foreign languages and achieve plurilingualism in CLIL situations, to understand others in Europe linguistically, culturally and socially. By knowing more about languages and by having certificates to show their knowledge, living and working within Europe becomes meaningful for students. The intercultural knowledge acquired during the project by working together with others, creating material for others, communicating with others, hosting others, comes in very useful for these young adults when they envisage their working careers, and/or their further educational careers. This project is based on methods of teaching like the e-twinning platform, online video and telephone conferences; also on face-to-face-meetings in the partner countries with CLIL-style workshops, during which, students and teachers interact and communicate in various situations to create material for speaking activities at various levels. By producing OER material and by publishing a methods guide with the German publishing house Diesterweg, other educators will be able to profit from our work and experiences.


The cooperation among the schools is carried out through direct interaction in 5 meetings, exchanges of materials produced via e-twinning, email, and online conferences. The 5 meetings are planned to provide plurilingual situations in various fields. They offer testing grounds for a large number of teaching and didactic methods since they are learning, training and project meetings in one. The participating students write a logbook, diary, or suchlike, to keep track of their progress and to use the phrases and terminology of the workstay actively. The activities carried out during the meetings are essential parts of the project and their preparation and impact is implemented in classroom work. Job shadowing stays, which are interspersed and will be paid for from the country's management moneys, make it possible to devote more time to observe interaction in language classrooms in the various countries.

Germany: 24-30 November 2015

  A new European project has started at Enriques institute, after the four years' experience of Comenius projects, coordinated by Prof. Meacci, and transformed into Erasmus+ by the national agency. The aim of the present project, "Strategies Towards European Plurilingualism", is to implement the knowledge of European languages and favourish integration among the countries. Italy is represented by Enriques Institute of Castelfiorentino and Prof. Andrea Conforti is the coordinator.

The first mobility took place on 24 November 2015 in Ostfildern, near Stuttgart in Germany. The members of the Italian group were six students - Abigail Caponi, Bianca Ceccarelli, Federico Conticelli, Chiara Quercioli, Alessio Tarchi, Glenda Testi - the schoolmaster, Mrs Patrizia Paperetti, the coordinator, and Prof. Davide Mecatti.
During their stay, the students took part in activities related to the different school systems of the countries involved in the partnership - Germany, Scotland, Estonia, Finland and Italy. They have prepared the common way planned according to the project, which will end in the second half of 2017. The experience has been felt as really positive both for the students and the teachers. On 27 November, the Erasmus group, surprisingly, was joined by the former coordinators of Comenius projects, Mrs Catalina Segui de Vidal (Spain) and Mrs Nadia Meacci, presently retired, who came to Ostfildern to meet their colleagues and friends and make them feel their help and represent the continuity between Comenius and Ersums+. The next meeting will take place in Finland in January 2016.


Finland: 15-21 January 2016

  The second mobility of Erasmus Plus STEP project has just ended. This time the Italian group visited the Finnish partners in Sastamala, near Tampere.
After the start in November 2015, with the meeting in Stuttgart, Germany, the group of students and their teachers have worked hard to create paper and digital material using three foreign languages (English, German and French).

After preparing the material, in January 2016 a group of 5 students and 2 teachers visited the land of Santa Claus, in deep winter, in order to keep on with the activity of cooperation following the shared aims of development of English and local languages, in accordance with the name of the project - Strategies towards European Plurilingualism. Enriques Institute participates to the project together with other schools of Germany, Scotland, Finland and Estonia.
During the meeting, the groups of the participating countries visited various types of schools - from kindergarten to high schools and institutes for vocational training - appreciating their management and sharing some educational activities. During the lessons and the meetings of teachers useful material was created to develop and improve language skills in the perspective of future assessments. Each school is to develop prompt scripts, dialogues, pictures both in local and English language, which are to be shared in various ways.
The Italian group in Finland was composed by the teachers Andrea Conforti, Alessia Pica, and the students Arturo Chiari, Silvia Marzucchi, Cheikh Lo, Gloria Giovannoni and Silvia Verdiani.


Scotland: 29 September - 5 October 2016

  The third of the five mobilities planned within the project Erasmus Plus 'Strategies Towards European Plurilingualism', in which Enriques Institute is involved, has just ended. After the meetings in Germany and Finland, it has been Scotland's turn.

A group of five students - Elio Monteverde Sanca, Benedetta Saccoccio, Francesco Bossa, Alice Volpi of cuisine and hotel management, and Niccolò Pecci of the technical course - accompanied by Andrea Conforti (coordinator), Giada Masserini and the headmaster Patrizia Paperetti, visited their Scottish partners at Peebles High School, near Edinburgh. The meetings and the activities took place in this school, together with the other groups from Estonia, Finland and Germany. Workshops and visits were based on Sciences, the environment, pollution, with reference to the analysis of water. These topics were discussed on the historical-cultural background of Edinburgh and the surroudnings, rich of valleys and green hills used to breed sheep and cattle.
The students of Enriques Institute, together with the other groups, have also carried out activities aiming to learn and improve the English language, based on preparation of speaking prompts and cooperation to create a brochure in English and French. The mobility has ended with a happening where all participants joined up to celebrate the event to the rhythm of Scottish dances, with a moment dedicated to Enriques group, in which they sang the Italian anthem.
After this mobility, which has been much appreciated by everybody, the activity goes on with the production of more documents in English. The students work under the supervision of teachers, and will upload their file on E-Twinning platform. In addition, video-conferences will help feed a continuous flow of collaboration among the countries, and preparing the way towards the next mobility, during which all the groups will be guests of Enriques Institute in Castelfiorentino, Italy, from 24th to 30th November 2016.

ARTICOLO: L’Enriques in Scozia con Erasmus Plus. L’esperienza dopo i meeting in Germania e Finlandia

Italy: 24-30 November 2016

  Erasmus Plus 'Strategies Towards European Plurilingualism' has reached its fourth mobility. This time was the turn of Italy, represented by Enriques Institute of Castelfiorentino. The guests were four groups of students and teachers from schools of Germany, Scotland, Estonia and Finland.

From 24th to 30th November, for this event, the Italian students and their families, together with the teachers Andrea Conforti (coordinator), Davide Mecatti, Alessia Pica, Giada Masserini and Tiziana Porcino shared the engagement and pleasure of making the foreign guests 'feel at home', besides planning a series of activities based on tourism and agriculture.
The programme was rich of initiatives aiming to give information about the history, culture, agriculture and tourism that characterize our area. The visits to Florence, Siena, San Gimignano have been alternated with workshops on biologic and biodynamic production, pasta, gelato and its difference with ice-cream, the onion of Certaldo, decoration of ceramics, etching, under the supervision of assessor Francesca Pinochi, accompanied by stories of eminent figures like Giovanni Boccaccio and Santa Caterina da Siena. The participants were fully involved in listening, watching explanations, but also had direct experience of the benefits given by the waters of Gambassi Spa, and tasted the typical products. The visits and workshops were added with some speaking games and simulations performed at school, and all the activities were carried out in English, as main language, with some use of the language spoken by each country.
The welcome given by Enriques Institute to the group of students and teachers was joined up with the welcome of local administrations: Francesca Giannì in Castelfiorentino, the Mayor of Gambassi Terme, Paolo Campinoti, the Mayor of Certaldo, Giacomo Cucini.
The experience that has just come to an end, is the 4th of the five mobilities planned within the two-year project 'Strategies Towards European Plurilingualism', which carries on the long tradition started many years ago with Comenius, sharing the aim of cultural and language enrichment, by dealing with important topics (environment, agriculture, tourism, professional techniques, science and media). After the success of this event, each school will be working remotely, before the next mobility in Estonia, at the end of winter 2017.


Dal Nord Europa in Valdelsa alla scoperta della filiera corta: il progetto Erasmus dell’Enriques
Erasmus Plus, delegazione europea in visita al municipio

Gruppo Enriques in Estonia per progetto Erasmus+

  The Erasmus Plus project 'Strategies Towards European Plurilingualism' has reached 2/3 of its two-year course, which coincides with the workstay in Estonia, that has just finished. A group from I.S.I.S. 'F. Enriques' of Castelfiorentino, composed by Liliana Kamdacaj (5B Tecnico Economico), Debora Virga (4D Alberghiero) and Matilde Furiesi (4E Alberghiero), accompanied by the teachers Andrea Conforti (coordinator) and Laura Filippi, visited the project partnersof Finland, Germany and Scotland, all together at Lähte Gymnasium in Tartu.

The students studied, worked and collaborated in activities based on media: from the visit to the Estonian television in Tallinn, to workshops based on using cameras and microphones to make interviews and videos mostly in English. In addition, guided tours were organized in Tartu, at the National Museum, at the important university with a media department well equipped, at the Science center, with really challenging interactive activities.
The activities were carried out together with visits to the protected areas of particular interest. Everything was made with willingness to learn new contents and especially share them in workgroups composed by young from different parts of Europe. All that was produced during the activities of this and other workstays, as well as the activities carried out in each school since September 2015, is shared on eTwinning and is useful to improve and develop language knowlege, with the perspective of distance activities, emailing and video-conferences.

ARTICOLO: Una delegazione dell’Enriques in Estonia per il progetto Erasmus Plus


24-30 November 2015
  Workshops, training, European test formats, with experts from European language tests institutes and with one or two experts from TEA Giessen, a think tank of professors and teachers of English. Language immersion situation Sprachmation company based in Esslingen, Germany. This international company is an official partner of the OHG and, in their large didactic department, they will introduce students to the fields of engineering, mechanics, electronics and automatioendorf (speaking village) on the first day, then workstay with FESTO, an industrial control and auton in an English-German workstay.
15-21 January 2016
  Students experience CLIL situations during their workstays in educational facilities. Finnish, of which nobody has any previous knowledge, focuses on basics: greeting, talking about oneself, food. The speaking encounters are filmed. The accompanying teachers of the above-mentioned students do job shadowing in Vammalan lukio, in the middle school and other educational and health-related facilities, in order to observe and later train speaking situations.
29 September - 5 October 2016
  Science study camp where students do water analysis, studies of erosion and ecological problems, sustainability. To offer a foreign language experience to the Scottish students, too, a half-day French workshop is included. The accompanying teachers of the above mentioned students discuss the language and speaking situations of Year One so far; they prepare (mock) examinations for the end of the school year. Speaking material is discussed, improved, evaluated. The students are filmed to document speaking situations.
24-30 November 2016
  Students are placed in workstays related to (soft) tourism, agriculture and farming to experience life and work in rural Tuscanny in CLIL situations. In workshops, the teachers complete the e-twinning content, the phrase boxes, the speaking prompts and the games. Filming of oral interaction.
March 2017
  Students work in media workshops in CLIL situations, together with experts from Lähte school and from local TV to produce our project DVD. The teachers accompany the students above mentioned. They work on the final project evaluation and on the articles which are to publish the project findings. The OER material is prepared. Final preparations for language examinations within the European framework are taken.

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