IMPROVING YOUR ENGLISH. INTENSIVE COURSE FOR TEACHERS, EDUCATORS AND EDUCATIONAL STAFF: INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED IN ROVANIEMI (FINLAND)

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Project Management Spain Erasmus Plus
Contact: info@pmserasmusplus.com
Organization ID (OID): E10039300

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COURSE INFORMATION
As per its title, this is an intensive course to improve, in general terms, your English level, and it aims to be a preparation course for B2 official examinations. Of course, one week is not enough to achieve such an ambitious goal, as B2 is quite a challenging level. However, our teachers will show you the path to get to it, giving you the necessary tools to prepare for the exam. Nowadays, there is a wide range of resources available on line to learn foreign languages; our mission as teachers will be to guide you to choose the most useful ones and take advantage of them to prepare for the exam.

During the course we will focus especially on developing oral skills, as these are often the hardest for most of the students, as well as very difficult to practice when we study individually at home. The heterogeneous groups formed by students of different ages, countries and specialties are the perfect environment to work on both oral competences: comprehension and production, and of course, fun is guaranteed!

Written competences will also be present in the course; we will provide the students with the most useful tips to develop their production skills and their comprehension competences, using authentic documents such as newspapers, magazines, brochures, etc.

Our aim is that you enjoy the experience, and you take advantage of sharing this course with other students from different countries, this is so enriching!

METHODOLOGY
- Real learning : Students will have to face real communication situations, inside and outside the classroom. When the course takes place in English speaking countries, our priority will be to practice outdoors, with native speakers, in real situations of everyday life : supermarkets, Post office, Train station…

- Functional and pragmatic : We will not focus on learning rules and grammar practice. This is of course necessary but… you can do this at home!! We will practice with games and many different types of activities and resources, taking advantage also of your experience as teachers.

- We will focus on oral skills : individually, in pairs, in small groups…. The objective is communication. We will practice with native speakers and also other resources such as TV, radio podcasts, etc. We will practice with examples of exams so that you know what you can expect the day of the exam.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
B2 COMPETENCES – EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK OF REFERENCE OF LANGUAGE
B2 level corresponds to independent users of the language, and therefore, our main objective will be to help you to become independent users. The description of the competencies according to the European Framework of Reference of Languages is the following :

1. Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation.
2. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
3. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

MAIN OBJECTIVES:
Considering that the course takes place in English speaking countries, the main objectives of the course are the following:
• To develop self – confidence when using the foreign language.
• To improve fluency, phonetics and accent.
• To develop strategies to communicate in real life situations.
More specifically, the objectives can be defined as follows :

• SPEAKING SKILLS:
- To be able to keep up with an animated conversation between native speakers.
- To cope linguistically to negotiate a solution to a dispute.
- To interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction, and sustained relationships with native speakers without imposing strain on either party.
- To be able to use the language fluently, accurately and effectively.
- To be able to interact using standard spoken language even in a noisy environment.
- To engage in extended conversation on most general topics in a clearly participatory fashion, even in a noisy environment.
- To keep up with an animated discussion, identifying accurately arguments supporting and opposing points of view.
- To follow detailed instructions reliably.

• LISTENING SKILLS
- To understand standard spoken language, on both familiar and unfamiliar topics.
-To understand recordings in standard dialect likely to be encountered in social, professional or academic life and identify speaker viewpoints and attitudes as well as the information content.
- To understand most radio documentaries and most other recorded or broadcast audio material delivered in standard dialect and to identify the speaker's mood, tone etc. and identify most TV news and current affairs programmes, documentaries, live interviews, talk shows, plays and the majority of films in standard dialect.

• READING SKILLS
- To be able to read with a large degree of independence, adapting style and speed of reading to different texts and purposes and using appropriate reference sources selectively.
- To be able to scan quickly through long and complex texts, locating relevant details.
- To summarise the plot and sequence of events in a text or film.

• WRITING SKILLS
- To be able to write with a large degree of independence, adapting style and speed of reading and writing to different texts and purposes, and using appropriate reference sources selectively.
- To summarise the plot and sequence of events in a film or play.

DAILY PROGRAMME
It exists a standard indicative daily programme. However, the course can be personalized each week depending on participants needs and professional profiles.

The course’s managers usually welcome participants on Sunday evening and give them all the course material. The main activities, instruction and practices will take place from Monday to Friday. On another note, participants will be involved in networking activities run by PMS ERASMUS PLUS during afternoon time, most likely on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. In these networking initiatives all the participants of the company courses during the same week will meet and network. Moreover, on Thursday all participants will be able to explain their own school and KA1 project to all participants and work all together to set up future eTwinnings or even KA2 projects. After that, all of them will have the possibility to enjoy with an optional activity to deepen in the searching of new partners, enjoying a great day full of motivating, gamification, creative, mindfulness and funny activities all together. Finally, there will be a course’ roundup and a final evaluation on Saturday. Diplomas, videos and photo souvenir will be delivered this day.

Moreover, the students will have the opportunity to learn how to create a blog, working on the design and elaborate and organize the contents and management in order to show what they will learn during their academic course. Finally, in the last day, the students could have a test about knowing the English level they have acquired.

ACTIVITIES SCHEDULED :
• Meeting and greeting.
• Individual orientation and information about the venue and the city.
• Reception of all course material.
• Working with news. Relevant vocabulary and pronunciation.
• Practice : Use of English.
• Group activities to review the main concepts in an enjoyable way.
• Afternoon cinema. The group will have the opportunity to watch a movie in a local cinema.
• Cinema discussion. Oral and speaking activities about cinema.
• Local Gymkhana. Outdoor activity through the city and interacting with local people getting different tasks.
• Final task presentation. Students present the projects.
• Time for discussing dissemination strategies.
• Course evaluation.
• Presentation of participants’ works.
• Releasing of official course certifications.
• Participants departure.

COMPLEMENTARY ACTIVITIES :
Moreover, some of the activities to run during the sessions of the course can be:
- Cultural activity: Discovering the city and its cultural heritage. You will receive a guided tour in Artikum Museum of Rovaniemi with an experienced guide included in course fees.
- Cultural activity: You will have the chance to discover the heritage of Finnish inhabitants receiving freely the Culture Pass of the city. It opens the door to three exceptional culture locations in Rovaniemi: Arktikum, Korundi and Science Centre Pilke.
- Networking activity: Presentation of your own school and your KA1 PROJECT: 5W's. WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY with all participants from the course and other structured courses of the company.
- Networking activity: Guided session to find your best partner for a future JOB SHADOWING and/or KA229 PROJECT.
- Cultural activity: you can meet Santa Claus and cross the magical Arctic Circle at the Santa Claus Village in a free tour from Rovaniemi.
- Optional dinner in the center of Rovamiemi. Networking activity to deepen the relationship between all participants.

• DATES:
ENGLISH course will attend sessions during 2020, 2021 and 2022 in next dates:

2020:
SPAIN – ALICANTE:
- From Sunday 11th October to Saturday 17th.
FINLAND – ROVANIEMI:
- From Sunday 29th November to Saturday 5th December.

2021:
SPAIN – ALICANTE:
- From Sunday 24th January to Saturday 30th.
- From Sunday 21st March to Saturday 27th.
- From Sunday 11th July to Saturday 17th.
- From Sunday 10th October to Saturday 16th.
FINLAND – HELSINKI:
- From Sunday 14th March to Saturday 20th.
- From Sunday 15th August to Saturday 21st.
SPAIN – CANARY ISLANDS (TENERIFE):
- From Sunday 28th March to Saturday 3rd April.
ICELAND – REYKJAVÍK:
- From Sunday 11th April to Saturday 17th.
- From Sunday 25th July to Saturday 31st.
- From Sunday 22nd August to Saturday 28th.
- From Sunday 17th October to Saturday 23rd.
IRELAND – DUBLIN:
- From Sunday 1st August to Saturday 7th.
FINLAND – ROVANIEMI:
- From Sunday 5th December to Saturday 11th.

2022:
SPAIN – ALICANTE:
- From Sunday 9th January to Saturday 16th.
- From Sunday 10th April to Saturday 16th.
- From Sunday 10th July to Saturday 16th.
- From Sunday 9th October to Saturday 15th.
ICELAND – REYKJAVÍK:
- From Sunday 24th April to Saturday 30th.
- From Sunday 24th July to Saturday 30th.
- From Sunday 21st August to Saturday 27th.
- From Sunday 16th October to Saturday 22nd.
FINLAND – HELSINKI:
- From Sunday 27th February to Saturday 5th March.
- From Sunday 14th August to Saturday 20th.
SPAIN – CANARY ISLANDS (TENERIFE):
- From Sunday 17th April to Saturday 23rd.
IRELAND – DUBLIN:
- From Sunday 31st July to Saturday 6th August.
FINLAND – ROVANIEMI:
- From Sunday 4th December to Saturday 10th.

• COSTS AND ERASMUS + FUNDING
The cost of the seven day course is 490€, including course fee, certification and support fee, cultural and sport activities in the city. The company offers an Optional cultural package to deepen in relationship between all participants.

The training course is tailored to be fully funded by Erasmus + to teachers, trainers, headmasters and any other staff of education organizations. Furthermore trainers can help in Key Action 1 Application to ensure that participants can get the grant and could be eligible to receive an Erasmus + grant that cover all the costs of the course.

• NETWORKING:
The company will do during the SUMMER and EASTER GREAT NETWORKING WEEKS, where all participants of training courses will participate together in cultural and funny activities. Those GREAT NETWORKING WEEKS will involve participants from E+PMEV, TES, MMORE, GAME, CLIL, PBL, DRAMA, TAPPLETS and EQUALITY courses, in order to connect everything as educational departments of a same school. Every participant of each training course of seven days during the summer and the Easter as well will have the opportunity to spend some funny time and to meet more people than in other simple course. Moreover, all courses includes some cultural, sport and historical networking activities during the week. All activities will involve participants from other courses of the company in order to create a great environment and to find the perfect partner for futures eTwinning projects or even to collaborate together in a KA2 Erasmus Plus Project.

We aim to get an effective follow-up to stimulate peer networking, to keep in touch and to share opinions, experiences and practices for unlimited time with this tool and other different ways of connection, like e-mail, individual Skype calls, Facetime, telephone, WhatsApp or Facebook Group ‘Nameofthecourse Europe Group’. Furthermore PMS ERASMUS PLUS will upload documents, videos and photos of the course in icloud, Dropbox or Google drive and will encourage to all participants to share their own creation to have the maximun information in common benefits. In addition, photos of the training course and a sum-up video that can be used for visibility and dissemination purposes.

Specifically speaking, on Thursday all participants are invited to spend a great networking day in some relevant place of the city. This activity day will connect participants of differents courses to match perfect partners for future relationships in European Projects. Moreover, in the end of the week, all actors of the different courses will be asked to participate in a lunch in some special place of the city. All networking activities are designed to deepen the relationship between all participants.

Course organiser
PMS ERASMUS PLUS
Location
ROVANIEMI, Finland


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29.11.2020 > 05.12.2020 (ID: 145029)
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05.12.2021 > 11.12.2021 (ID: 145031)
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04.12.2022 > 10.12.2022 (ID: 145030)
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