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One of the best weeks in my life

Immediately after I got out of the airport I was greeted by palms, which grew everywhere, even at the school and very strong wind. Later I was told, that it´s unusual to be so windy. I also really liked the Spanish food. Especially the Tortillas de Patatas and the Churros tasted very good. But we had dinner quite late at night, usually at 9 or 10 pm. I´m also glad, that I got to meet all the students from different schools, because I could talk to a lot of people with the same interests as me. Actually all people that

June 25th, 2020|Episode II portfolios|

LANGUAGE WITH FILM: Teacher Notes

Technology in the foreign language classroom Blended learning is a theory for the digital age, which generally means nothing but combining course-book based teaching with computer-based learning. Here is where technology steps in. The question is not whether but how we should use it. How do we integrate technology into our classrooms? Why are we using it? How do we make it work well? When do we use it? Where do we start? After all, we want pedagogy drive technology and not the other way round. Film as a teaching tool Film is a way of using technology effectively. It

June 25th, 2020|AnaTriin|

FILM: Scope

Upon completion of part 1 (FILM) of this resource, you will expand your knowledge of using film for language learning; better understand the language of film; learn how to read the screen; broaden your thematic vocabulary; and improve your productive language skills. You will also have and opportunity to develop your critical thinking skills; visual literacy skills; and creativity.  Most suitable for language learners at level B2 (vantage) The time for the completion of this resource depends on how intensively you work, and how deep you want to go. The language you need is cognitively demanding, and you need time

June 25th, 2020|AnaTriin|

FILM: Content

Film literacy Film in action Five Ws and an H Camera shots and trailer talk Character study Wonder Bits and pieces Cast, director and author Mr. Browne's precepts The official website of Wonder Interviews with Roberts, Wilson, Tremblay, Diggs and Vidovic  R.J. Palacio and Stephen Chbosky Cast and Director Film review Film review guidelines Language for film reviews The review writing process  

June 25th, 2020|AnaTriin|

FILM: Activities

Warming up Familiarize yourself with "Film in action" and complete worksheet 1. Study the model of “Five W's and one H” and complete worksheet 2 on your favourite film. Study the handout on camera shots, and complete worksheet 3 on your favourite film. Study the handout on character study, and complete worksheet 4 on your favourite film characters. Before watching Familiarize yourself with the handouts on Wonder. Visit the official website of Wonder. Listen to the interviews recommended. While watching Complete worksheet 5 by making notes. You may watch the film in one sitting or in several sittings or in

June 25th, 2020|AnaTriin|

FILM: Thinking

What is the role of film in society and how does it show? Explain and give examples. How is reading the screen different from reading a book in your opinion? Discuss. What is the role of film in education? Explain and describe your own experience. What is the role of education in film? Explain and describe your own experience. Describe your experience with preparing for watching, and later reviewing, Wonder ‒ the film of this resource.

June 25th, 2020|AnaTriin|

FILM: Reference Books and Web Sources

Donaghy, K. (2017) Film in Action: Teaching language using moving images. Delta Teacher Development Series. Dirks, T. (n.d.) Main film genres. Film site. Accessed 25 June 2020  <https://www.filmsite.org/genres.html>. Studio Binder (n.d.) The Ultimate Guide to Camera Shots (50+ Types of Shots and Angles in Film). Accessed 25 June 2020 < https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/ultimate-guide-to-camera-shots/#camera-mechanisms>.

June 25th, 2020|AnaTriin|

CONTENT WITH LANGUAGE: Teacher Notes

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is an approach or method which integrates the teaching content with the teaching of non-native language. Knowledge and principles of CLIL Subject teachers and language teachers Soft CLIL (language-led) and hard CLIL (subject-led) Content, communication, cognition and culture (the 4Cs) Basic interpersonal communicative skills (BICS) Cognitive academic language proficiency (CALP) Language: content-obligatory (specific subjects) and content-compatible (less formal, communicative) Learning skills: note taking, scanning, skimming, summarizing, drafting, editing, reviewing and the like Activities: communicating subject content orally, developing listening and reading strategies as well as producing written outputs. Learning environment: scaffolding, differentiation and consolidation

June 25th, 2020|AnaTriin|

DEBATE: Scope

Upon completion of part 2 (DEBATE) of this resource, you will expand your knowledge of using language for content learning; better understand how to argue for and against a given motion; broaden your thematic vocabulary, and improve your productive English skills. You will also have an opportunity to develop your critical thinking skills; effective reasoning skills; and understanding of the 4 C's of CLIL: content, communication, cognition and culture. Most suitable for  language level B2 The time for the completion of this resource depends on how intensively you work, and how deep you want to go. The language you need

June 25th, 2020|AnaTriin|

DEBATE: Content

Human dignity Human dignity Refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and immigrants Creating a safe haven for all Welcome to Europe Arguments for and against newcomers to Europe Debate Debate guidelines  Debate terms Matter, manner and method How to write a debate speech? Counterargument and refutation Videos Instructional videos    

June 25th, 2020|AnaTriin|

DEBATE: Activities

Warming up What does human dignity mean to you? Discuss. Complete worksheet 5. Complete worksheet 6. Complete worksheet 7. You have read about other people's arguments for and against more refugees in Europe. What are your own for and against arguments? Activities for general understanding Familiarize yourself with debating terms and with manner, matter and method. Read the debate guidelines and watch instructional videos. Take your time as there is quite a lot of new information for you to take in. Now review worksheets 5, 6 and 7 you completed earlier, and read the motion of the debate. Come up

June 25th, 2020|AnaTriin|

DEBATE: Thinking

Discuss European migration crisis from the viewpoint of a refugee, an asylum seeker and a migrant. What advice would you give to European leaders in connection with European migration crisis? Think about something you feel strongly about. Write a 220-260-word government speech to support your stance.  Now learn your speech by heart. Then improvise. Mind your tone and posture. Play with your voice. Record yourself. Then find somebody you want to convince of your position. Go for it!

June 25th, 2020|AnaTriin|

DEBATE: Reference Books and Web Sources

English Corner (n.d.) Writing a Counterargument and Refutation. Accessed 25 June 2020 <www.richlandcollege.edu/englishcorner> ESL Debates (2018) Using Socratic Questions in the ESL/TEFL Classroom. Accessed 25 June 2020  < https://www.esldebates.com/a-teachers-guide-the-basics-of-a-classroom-debate >. Krieger, D. (2005) Teaching Debate to ESL Students: A Six-Class Unit. The Internet TESL Journal, Vol. XI, No. 2, February 2005 Mcloughlin, A. (2019) 7 Fun Tasks for Classroom Debates. ELT Networking, FREE Resources & Teacher Development. Accessed 25 June 2020 <http://elt-connect.com/debates/> . Murniati Abu Karim (2018) The art of debating, Oxford style. Accessed 25 June 2020 <https://www.nst.com.my/education/2018/10/417311/art-debating-oxford-style>. The debating cheat sheet (n.d.) Accessed 25 June 2020 < https://learn.stleonards.vic.edu.au/ debating/files/2013/08/DEBATING-CHEAT-SHEET.pdf>

June 25th, 2020|AnaTriin|

Thoughts on ‘Demanding high’

When summarizing the article “Demand-High Teaching”, it struck me that the Bavarian learner-centred approach to teaching was in sharp contrast to that in the article which centres on learning. I assume I have become rather good at setting (entertaining) tasks, putting students into groups and creating puzzles. I always hope there will be some outcome for the students but I’m not so sure about that. So this article actually made me think if a focus on learning might not be more successful. You need a lot of practise to do this and when I read the examples in the article,

June 1st, 2020|Episode III portfolios|

An experience that has only just begun

At first, I was not sure whether to do this project or not, because having to speak in public made me feel uneasy. But then I thought it was a unique opportunity to meet more people and learn about different countries. Now if anyone who asked me, how it was, I would say very surely that they shouldn’t doubt it because they wouldn’t be going to regret it. And the effort you have to make doing more jobs and more things certainly makes up for it (at least for me). This project for me has been impressive and also I

May 28th, 2020|Episode II portfolios|

Looking forward to seeing my new friends again

The Erasmus+ experience was way more stunning than what I could imagine at the beginning of the week. By the time all the students from Belgium, Denmark, Estonia and Germany finally made it to Spain we already knew each other, because we spent the previous week chatting. The first days were kind of weird: it was the first time for all of us to take part in such a project, and we were all trying to understand the way it works, but it did not take much time for us to start working in the activities, like preparing the debate.

May 28th, 2020|Episode II portfolios|

So many fun moments and laughs

This experience was great, we had so many fun moments and laughs. But I have to admit that at the beginning, when we finally met with the students from Germany, Denmark, Belgium and Estonia, it was a little bit weird, but it changed really fast when we got to know each other more. Since the beginning of the week, we were doing so many activities and taking part in this project, like drawing, making videos, photos, going to seminars, and we even went to a tour in the centre of Valencia and visit “La Albufera”. Unfortunately, that day was very

May 28th, 2020|Episode II portfolios|

My trip to Spain was way better than I expected

For me, the time in Valencia was very nice. At first, I felt a bit awkward, because I was in a city, a country and with a family I didn't know. But later I had so much fun with the family and everything else. I think it was a great decision to participate because I improved my English. We had no choice but to speak English, because I couldn’t speak Spanish or any of the other languages. I also thought that I would be afraid of speaking English but I wasn’t. I got used to it very quickly. We all

May 28th, 2020|Episode II portfolios|

A week I’ll never forget

If you have the opportunity to do an Erasmus, go for it. Even if you are scared or if you do not like to travel without your family. It is worth the risk, I promise. My Erasmus was in Valencia (Spain) and it was honestly one of the best things I have ever done. I had so much fun meeting new people, learning about their cultures and visiting a foreign city. Now I am sure I want to do that again. Of course, at the beginning, it was intimidating, because having to communicate with strangers in a foreign language is

May 28th, 2020|Episode II portfolios|

We enjoyed every day and had so much fun together

I was a part of a fantastic Erasmus+ project. It was a week in Valencia, Spain. But not only me, we were 6 people from every country. The countries were Belgium, Spain, Germany, Estonia and Denmark. At first, I had my doubts whether the host family or the other students would understand me or whether I would feel comfortable. But then I got to know my host family and the other students, and I saw that they can’t speak much better than me. If we didn’t understand us, we help us with hands and feet. My host family became like

May 28th, 2020|Episode II portfolios|

Don’t miss out on an Erasmus+ project!

If someone ever gives you the opportunity to participate in an Erasmus project, don’t miss out on this chance! And don’t be scared, it is one of the best things I have experienced so far at school, and I’m sure, the same will go for you too, if you try it! There are so many reasons why you should do this: First of all, you will have the chance to improve your foreign language skills and learn so much about the culture of the country you will visit. Moreover, you will meet people from all over the world and have

May 28th, 2020|Episode II portfolios|

A great experience for those who are a bit shy but willing to get out of their comfort zone

I had the chance to be one of the six pupils chosen to be part of the Erasmus+ project. We spend one week in Valencia, Spain to meet the other pupils from Denmark, Estonia, Germany and Spain. We did different workshops about different topics such as gender violence, gender equality, e-safety, etc. The whole student exchange was based on the film “Wonder”. We did different exercises about this film such as writing a film review! In all of these workshops we were separated in international groups, which helped to communicate in English. At the end of the week, we had

May 28th, 2020|Episode II portfolios|

Something for everyone

My favourite experience was the tour of Valencia. On Thursday we all visited the city together. First off, all we met our tour guides at the main gate there we were divided into two groups. The guide then told us some important information about the gate and that there are two. Then we walked the streets while the guide informed us about the city's history. Finally, we arrived at a church. Next to the church is a house where 8 pastors meet at certain times. Then we went on and got to hear more fascinating things about the city of

May 28th, 2020|Episode II portfolios|

Our ERASMUS+ project

We began getting ready for this project at the beginning of this year, and even though the activity in fact hadn’t started yet, we were already learning new things mainly related to some European aspects, different perspectives... But it all got more real when we started talking to our exchange students. In my case, they were from Belgium, and even if our countries are relatively close, we noticed several differences, such us our routines, schools, ... Afterwards when we started doing the activities in group, we were able to talk about our opinions, discuss, learn how to defend facts even

May 7th, 2020|Episode II portfolios|

An opportunity I wish everyone had

In March 2020, 36 students and 10 teachers from different countries traveled to Valentia to improve their English, create new content on human dignity, become more aware of ICT and work with different cultures. We watched the American drama movie Wonder, which we analyzed and made a film review about. In Spain we talked about the movie in a group work, and we also took part in presentations about confidence, gender equality, cyberbullying and e-security made by experts. It was a very instructive week. Not only were we at school, we also managed to create some wonderful friendships across our

May 7th, 2020|Episode II portfolios|

New experiences and new friendships

36 students and 10 teachers spent 5 days in one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, Spain, to improve our English vocabulary, learned new things about European values and make new possibly lifelong friends. Monday: It was the first day of school for us. The day was mostly used to get to know each other and possibly make new friends. We were put into groups of 6 students all from different countries, so that we could get to know each other better, and be more comfortable while participating in the project. Monday was mostly focused on the movie “Wonder”

May 6th, 2020|Episode II portfolios|

It has been fantastic

I chose to take part in an Erasmus+ project, and for some reason I still felt it being very scary and dangerous, and that there would be a lot of work to do. But I was completely wrong, so sit tight, relax, and get ready to read about my experience of my trip to Spain. It all started with my own teachers back in Denmark, we had some homework to do, we watched a movie, and just had to show up for some lessons. We all were so motivated about this Erasmus+ project, so it all was great. At the

May 6th, 2020|Episode II portfolios|

Do it – take part!

On the 1 March, 35 students and I went to L’Eliana near Valencia to take part in an Erasmus+ project called “May ICT be with you” ( which we actually call it GRIT for short).  We lived with a Spanish family for 5 days and it was truly an amazing experience. We were 6 students from 10i campus, I stayed together with my good friend Anna in a girl named Pati’s house, it was very interesting to see how different they live in Spain compared to life in Denmark. The school we went to all week is called Rivas Luna.

May 6th, 2020|Episode II portfolios|

A dream to visit Spain

When I was first introduced to Erasmus +, I was sure to join. I had always dreamed of coming to Spain and experiencing their culture. There were only 6 students, who could come along, but I was keen on being one of them. We were asked to send an application to our teacher and then we would come to an interview where they asked questions about me and my interests for this great project. And I got accepted! We prepared for a few weeks before going to Spain, with the topics we should discuss and learn about. Among other things,

May 6th, 2020|Episode II portfolios|

An unforgettable experience

The trip to L’Eliana/Valencia was downright fantastic. It was a place with not only a lot of great people but also an overall great experience that I’ll never forget. We were 36 students and 10 teachers from 5 different countries. Germany, Belgium, Estonia, Spain and of course Denmark. We spent 5 days in Spain to not just improve out English, but also to expand our knowledge of our own intercultural qualifications. The American drama-comedy movie ‘Wonder’ was in the spotlight for a large amount of the time during the trip. We had separately made tasks and assignments before the trip,

May 6th, 2020|Episode II portfolios|

New ways to cooperate and beautiful sunsets

For me the most impressive experience was the city and how different it is to Germany. Also the other school system, with the longer school day or the breaks. Another thing was the talk about gender equality or the internet safety. Is was also interesting to see how the Spanish people live compared to Germany. It was new for me to talk with people from other countries in groups and work together as a team, for example the quiz battle or the government groups and the opposite team to battle about the question of immigration. For sure I enjoyed the

April 19th, 2020|Episode II portfolios|

A great decision

When I heard about the Erasmus+ Program at school, I immediately knew that I had to sing up and dragged my friend to do it with me. In my last school I also took part in such an event and it was a great experience. I didn't regret going this time either. I made new friends, gained a lot of knowledge through the seminars and the work we had to do at the school and last but not least I was able to eat a lot of delicious food thanks to our host family. Throughout the whole week we had

April 19th, 2020|Episode II portfolios|

I would do it again

I heard about the Erasmus+ Project in school, and I knew that I had to sign up for it because I thought it’s a great opportunity to learn something new and improve my English. With the project I had the chance to go to Spain and I did that. I didn’t regret it. I learned about the Spanish culture, made new friends and gained a lot of new knowledge through seminars we attended and the group work we had to do in school. For a week we stayed with host families. Therefore, I was able to eat lots of new

April 19th, 2020|Episode II portfolios|

So different and yet so similar

When my friend told me about the Erasmus+ program I was sceptical. But since she kind of forced me to take part I thought to myself „Yeah why not“. Said and done and as soon as I knew I already was at Munich airport. When we arrived I realized what a beautiful city Valencia is. Also the host family was very lovely and so were the people. During this week we had a lot of possibilities to gain experience, as we had a lot of tasks. We had a few seminars with subjects such as e-safety and gender equality that

April 19th, 2020|Episode II portfolios|

There is nothing to be afraid of!

I’ve always wanted to take part in an Erasmus+ project, but it has always seemed to be scary and too much of work. Fear not, because I am about to tell you about my experience – how I signed up; the work I had to do; the fun I had; and if it was worth it. When my teacher first brought it up, I didn’t think much of it until I dug deeper into the project a bit more by myself. I realized that all I had to do was to write a letter of motivation to the teacher, show

March 30th, 2020|Episode II portfolios|

Up in the air for the first time!

It was my first plane trip ever, and I loved it! First, we flew from Tallinn to Frankfurt and then from Frankfurt to Valencia. Some landings and take-offs were a bit steep for me, but in the end, I didn´t mind much. When we first arrived in Valencia, it was + 20 degrees outside, and I liked it a lot. It was a bit windy, but that wasn't a problem at all. Valencia is a really beautiful city, and I liked the streets and parks because they were so beautiful. There were exotic trees and tropical plants everywhere, and I

March 30th, 2020|Episode II portfolios|

Five days full of learning, sporting and creative activities

On the first day of our project, we were divided to six groups, where were people from different countries. We read our film reviews of “Wonder”. After that it was time to introduce our schools and cultures in a schools’ carousel session. Last session was a cultural session where we listened about Spanish culture and learned some Spanish words and phrases. The second day of our project was mostly about listening to different lectures. The topics were e-safety, gender equality and cyber-bullying. It was a good opportunity for us to take notes about those things we knew little about. Also,

March 30th, 2020|Episode II portfolios|

Politics and learning? More like 101 ways to make new friends!

I participated in the first exchange of our Erasmus+ project in Spain. The nearly one-week full of different activities was about e-safety, gender equality and immigration problem in Europe. It was really great, and I got quite a few new friends during this project. On the first day, we met with students from other schools and countries. We were divided into six transnational groups, each having one student from each country and two from Spain. During the break, I met up with a student from Germany and we had a blast getting to know each other. Later on we talked

March 30th, 2020|Episode II portfolios|

A day full of educating seminars

Our week in L'Eliana and Valencia consisted of several interesting and educating activities in transnational groups. We broadened our English vocabulary, learned new things about European values, and made some lifelong friends. On Tuesday, we had three different seminars on E-safety, gender equality and bullying online and offline which were all held by professionals in those given fields. We also had a walking tour to the town centre and a reception at the town hall. The first seminar on e-safety lasted for an hour, during which we learned how to protect ourselves online. The lecturer gave us clear examples how

March 30th, 2020|Episode II portfolios|

Finding your element

Contemporary research shows that happy people are more altruistic, more productive, more helpful, more likeable, more creative, more resilient, more interested in others, friendlier, and healthier. Happy people make better friends, colleagues and citizens. — Gretchen Rubin

November 24th, 2019|Episode IV front, Episode IV portfolios|

What’s grit got to do with learning?

Gritty people usually fare better in life since they pursue their objectives with greater passion and perseverance than most of us do. The American academic, psychologist and popular science author Angela Duckworth writes in her book Grit: Why passion and resilience are the secrets to success that talent can in no account be considered a precondition for success. For example, stronger and weaker students tend to drop out of school for the same reason ‒ they take the easy way out. Not even a friendly atmosphere and a supportive learning environment or a strong sense of duty can stop young people

November 24th, 2019|Episode VI portfolios|

Mindset and school achievement

Why do people differ in their assets and limitations? What is the meaning of success or failure?  Is there a link between mindset and school achievement? These are some of the important questions the American psychologist Carol S. Dweck asks in her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. According to Dweck, there are two mindsets: fixed and growth-oriented. Those with fixed mindset tend to believe that their talents, abilities and skills can't be improved. However, those with growth mindset believe in progress. For them, hardships and setbacks are nothing but an opportunity to grow. Students' mindset At school, we

November 24th, 2019|Episode III portfolios|

Self-esteem in school context

"In a world in which the total of human knowledge is doubling about every ten years, our security can rest only on our ability to learn." ―Nathaniel Branden In his masterpiece The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem (1994), the Canadian–American psychotherapist and writer Nathaniel Branden describes self-esteem as “confidence in in our ability to think, confidence in our ability to cope with the basic challenges of life; and confidence in our right to be successful and happy, the feeling of being worthy, deserving, entitled to assert our needs and wants, achieve our values, and enjoy the fruits of our efforts”. He

November 24th, 2019|Episode II front, Episode II portfolios|

Teachers as modern time leaders

Have you ever heard about transformational leadership?  Well, it is about guiding through inspiration and enhancing the motivation, morale, and job performance of followers through a variety of mechanisms.  In fact, it was the American scholar in the fields of leadership studies and organizational behaviour Bernard Morris Bass, who expanded upon the original ideas of James MacGregor Burns, and developed the Bass’s Transformational Leadership Theory. Why should teachers care? Because new leadership and progressive teaching have much in common, be it people, methods or learning itself.  Most importantly, new leadership means getting things done through people, not by people. Isn’t

November 19th, 2019|Episode I portfolios|