Title Bilingual teaching at vocational schools in the field of business and administration
Project Number 2011-1-DE2-Leo03-08233
Project Type Mobility - Professionals in Vocational Education and Training VETPRO
Individual Participation Not possible
Marketing Text The project aimed at teachers working at Thuringian vocational schools specializing in training for business and administration. Project coordinator was the Thuringian Institute for Teacher Training, Curriculum Development and Media (Thillm) in Bad Berka. Because of the fact that only few teachers at Thuringian vocational schools have the qualification to teach both English and specific job-related subjects the project wanted to linguistically and methodologically enable vocational teachers to introduce bilingual teaching into their lessons, also in cooperation with the English language teachers at their respective schools. The project was a modular in-service teacher training which consisted of five modules in Germany and a two-week mobility in the UK
It was the aim of the project to provide the participating vocational teachers with general and subject specific English language skills as well as the didactic and methodological competence necessary to teach bilingual sequences in their respective subject-specific areas of vocational training.
This aim stood in the context of the ongoing process of introducing consistent bilingual modules into general and vocational schools in Thuringia. A modular in-service teacher training was conceived, a central part of this formed a two-week long mobility in the UK.
All modules of the project focussed on business specific topics which had been chosen together with the participants. With the help of these topics the participants developed an insight into the didactics and methodology of bilingual learning and teaching. They also improved their command of general and subject specific English and gained intercultural competencies. Besides the project provided the participants with the possibility to develop teaching materials, edit and evaluate it with the help of native experts and pilot the material in their lessons.
A precondition for the success of the project was the close cooperation with the English project partner. This was necessary to be able to make the content of the modules in Germany a sound foundation for the mobility in the UK, where the project partner gave more input on these topics.