In 2017, our school celebrated its 125th anniversary as a school of secondary education. Several times the name and buildings changed over this period of time but it has always existed as a grammar school.
Originally, it was the only one within a circle of almost thirty kilometers; nowadays more than two thirds of our 1307 students either live in Bruchsal itself or in villages nearby. The other third comes from within about 15km from Bruchsal.
Our students are ten to eighteen years of age, about ten to fifteen percent have a foreign language background (it differs from year to year) and they have about thirty to thirty-five lessons per week.
In Germany, students of a grammar school like the JKG spend eight or nine years at this school to acquire the general certificate of secondary education (in German: Abitur) which permits them to attend university without any further testing.
All our pupils start with English as their first foreign language when they enroll in fifth form at the age of about 10.
In sixth or seventh form all students start with a second foreign language (Latin or French), in eight or ninth form they have the choice whether they want to take a third foreign language or want to focus on natural sciences.
At the end of tenth/ eleventh form, all students can shape their curriculum to some degree. All students have to take major courses (and final exams) in German, Mathematics and a foreign language. They also have to participate in two classes in natural sciences, two classes in social sciences and classes in physical and religious/ ethical education as well as the arts (music or visual arts).
Students also have a large variety of student societies (like choirs, orchestras and sports) and special interest groups (like radio, film or IT) they can choose from; they take class trips and there are exchange programs with France, Denmark, Brazil and Israel and the Erasmus-program to learn about different areas in Germany and about other countries.
Initial meeting of all local coordinators | 2017, 6.–11. November
Distribution of tasks
The German partner (Coordinating school) will:
- monitor the realization of arranged actions
- keep in touch with partners
- create and update the project homepage
- delegate activities to particular partners
- care about good atmosphere of cooperation
- advise and help in difficult situations
- carry out the logo competition
- prepare the Project Management Guide, keeping track of our mutual monthly updates at the first of each month
- prepare and analyze evaluating survey concerning the expectations and estimated results of the project
- organize a transnational meeting in Germany | November 2017
- organize training activities »Teaching English using ICT« | workshop | March 2019
- organize training activities »Improving listening skills using new approaches« | workshop | March 2019
- create final DVD (documentation of results from all the workshops)
- work out an »intermediate report« and a »final report«
The Romanian partner will:
- organize training activities »Modern methods to attract learners in communication« | April 2018
- create a school dictionary, both in English and native languages
- oversee an International knowledge competition – »What do I know about the partner countries?«
- create a project calendar with students' works of art with the topic »English – around the world«
The Portuguese partner will:
- organize training activities »Learning English vocabulary through art, poems and songs« | workshop | October 2018
- create a common DVD with films »These are my school, town and country«
- collect didactic resources for teachers
The Swedish partner will:
- organize training activities »CLIL« for beginners and advanced learners | workshop | December 2018
- create a common booklet with students' essays with the topic »English – the International Language for all the subjects«
- collect didactic sources for students
- create a guide book – »European travels«
The Italian partner will:
- organize training activities »Attractive methods of teaching English to beginners through theatre plays« | workshop | May 2019
- create a CD with all the students plays
- collect didactic resources for students and teachers
Additional tasks for all partners:
- set up a Project Corner at each school
- send Christmas Cards to the partner schools
- in 2017: one card for each school
- in 2018: students send personal Christmas Cards to their partners
Proposal for the creation of a project logo for the Erasmus+ project
Modern European Approaches of Teaching English | MEAT-E | TEAM-E
Five schools from five European countries together start a project. As a group of schools (one of them is yours!), we need a logo for our project. A logo shows what a project is about and it should be memorable. Like the white and blue sky behind the propeller of a company that once made engines for planes, even though today you know it for the cars BMW now produces.
The following text is meant to give you ideas on what our project is about. There are one or two things in the description I wouldn’t know how to turn into an image- but you might?! Find your logo for our project. Each school can put forward up to three ideas for logos and at the end we will find our joint logo for »New ways of teaching English«. Maybe yours?
English is a language, not (only) a school subject. Language is used for communication, for expressing yourself, for amusement by acting, playing with words or creating new worlds like in books, plays or songs. This project aims at raising teachers’ and students’ attention to the many alternative ways of using English at school.
We are an international project with no participant who speaks English as his or her native language, neither does any of our students. So, we can use English as a means of communication for everything without worrying about grammar or funny phrases. We can talk about chemistry, biology, physics or geography in English, we can act in English, play with words in poems or memorize more mesmerizing words while working without futile fear of friend or foe. We can flip the classroom and prepare informative movies and then work at the questions in lessons. With this method, watching the movie becomes the homework and doing the exercises/ answering the questions becomes the schoolwork. Computer can’t learn words for us but we can use the computer to support us with this.
Language isn’t digital, it is more than zeros and ones, but with students using mobile phones and the internet much more intensely than we teachers did when we were kids, teachers might learn something from you, our students. English is everywhere, we just need to find it, and this way it will become our pathway to connect all of us within Europe and to the world outside our village, state or continent. The world is a stage and it is ours if we find the words to act on it.