DOUBLE (Y)OUR LESSONS IN ENGLISH
The project will address some challenges in the reality of countries where English is not widely spoken as secondary language and bilingual teaching faces significant difficulties. The teachers whose subject is not related to foreign language training suffer from language barriers and lack of practical experience in using a foreign language even in short sections of their lessons. Though most of the teachers teaching subjects other than foreign language have attended various language courses and having respective certificates (as this is the case in Bulgaria, Serbia and Turkey), very often they have passive vocabulary and poor practical experience of communicating in foreign language due to their main workload at school and lack of stimulating contacts. This domain will be the primary area of intervention by the project aimed at diminishing of language barriers of the teachers.
ERASMUS DAYS at the English Language school „Geo Milev“, Burgas- the perfect opportunity for young Europeans to „celebrate locally the tangible benefits of Europe and share their international experience.“
13th October marked Erasmus Days through various activities that proved the need to communicate European values, mobility benefits. The highly-motivated and inquisitive students shared with their classmates, teachers and guests the European priorities like inclusion, digitalisation and environmental sustainability.
FETE- FROM EURODIVISION TO EUROVISION: one of the main purposes – to familiarise the participants with how the European Union and its institutions work, as well as build an understanding of the European identity. Discussed were the challenges posed by migration and the possible solutions to them, as well as how employment works in EU.
DYLENG- DOUBLE YOUR LESSONS IN ENGLISH: sets out the vision in which high quality, inclusive education, training and research are not hampered by borders, people have a strong sense of their identity as Europeans, aware of Europe’s shared cultural and linguistic heritage and its diversity.
In an extremely intriguing way FOLLOW ME TO MINECRAFT grabbed the audience’s attention with an up-to-date way to learn English efficiently and with fun in life-like situations in MINECRAFT world. The possibility to acquire a certificate based on FMTM achievement is one of the pivoting points of the project.
Creating an international educational community on a European and world-wide level that lasts beyond the project duration is one of the ECOPODCASTS ambitious goals. Through the network the project EcoPodcasts: Student podcasts on eco conscious and sustainable living, which English Language School „Geo Milev“, Burgas is the coordinator of, aspires to become an active reference for the educational community for training youngest generation in the use of social media as tools for bringing social change by encouraging sustainable lifestyle.
An automated arm, powered by an Arduino, one microcontroller was demonstrated, using software, uploaded on a mobile phone. This product student made in the mobility programme of the “ CARES“ project in Romania.
What one of our students, Daniela Petkova, shared is as follows: „Thanks to the Erasmus + programme I learned a lot of interesting things: seeing a real work environment, learning to function as part of a team, getting to know a foreign culture, and last but not least practising my English as I met plenty of positive young people. In this way I made exhilarating friendships, but I would like to highlight the overall experience as one of the most important memories, which i will never forget.“
A Visit to Burgas, Bulgaria
In June 2022, teachers and school principals from the town of Hodonin in the Czech Republic visited Burgas and were welcomed by the deputy principal of Englsih Language school Geo Milev – Burgas. The participants took part in a teacher training programme, organized by an educational institution based in the Czech Republic. During the meeting 40 teachers had the opportunity to exchange ideas, take part in discussions, compare the educational systems of both countries. They also attended a presentation and got acquainted with other Erasmus + projects of the school: DYLEng (DOUBLE (Y)OUR LESSONS IN ENGLISH), ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING ADVENTURES IN MINECRAFT and EcoPodcasts: Student podcasts on eco conscious and sustainable living, coordinated by the school. During the last module the teachers expanded their knowledge on project-based learning as a crucial factor for success in the classroom and focused on breaking the language barriers in the classroom through innovative teaching practices. The discussion during the exchange of good practices was focused on project-based learning together with overcoming the language barriers as well as similarities between the Bulgarian and the Czech educational systems.
HISTORY AND INNOVATION IN PLOVDIV
In April 2022 a team of three students from ELS ‘Geo Milev’, together with our school principal, an English teacher, an IT teacher and an art teacher were warmly welcomed by their partners from Foreign Language Highschool ‘Ivan Vazov’ in Plovdiv. The meeting was part of the national programme „Innovation in Action“ and gathered partners from Burgas, Knizhovnik and Plovdiv. The programme is focused on innovative schools, which make a change through the introduction of innovative practices that solve organizational and content problems in the educational process.
This approach in education provides an opportunity to build modern schools in which students can improve their educational outcomes, their motivation to learn, their participation in school life and to develop their creative thinking, different competencies and emotional intelligence through innovative educational processes, teaching methods, school leadership, new learning strategies, etc.
The team of teachers from English Language School ‘Geo Milev’ – Burgas seized the occasion to present the Erasmus + projects it is involved in to specialists in various fields and emphasize the importance of project work in terms of innovative teaching and exchange of good practices.
The presented projects under Erasmus + were: DYLEng (DOUBLE (Y)OUR LESSONS IN ENGLISH), ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING ADVENTURES IN MINECRAFT and EcoPodcasts: Student podcasts on eco conscious and sustainable living, coordinated by the school. The students participating in the meeting managed to bring a different perspective of project-based learning approach, together with raising environmental awareness and relate them to innovative teaching practices.
DYLEng presented in Spain
In February 2022 a team from English Language School ‘Geo Milev’ – Burgas visited Spain, the country of bullfighting and flamenco, an ancient land that has always known the secret of youth. In the city of Benalmadena students from Poland, Bulgaria, Spain, Italy and Finland gathered together to participate in a transnational meeting of Erasmus + project FETE – From Eurodivision to Eurovision.
The students actively participated in various activities such as board games, sports on the beach and discovering the picturesque city in the Spanish autonomous region of Andalusia, part of the Costa del Sol.
The working language during the meeting was English which raised questions to increasing and improving language learning. Thus, the Bulgarian team had a chance to present another project the school is involved in – DOUBLE (Y)OUR LESSONS IN ENGLISH, and explained the importance of overcoming language barriers while using a foreign language even in short section of the lessons. All of the participants discussed the advantages of this approach and the teachers used it during the implementation the project tasks. This served as a good example of how we should diminish the gap of language barriers of non-native English speakers in school.