A Classroom with a Door to the World (Guadeloupe)

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Internationalisation of curriculum and national identity

Location: Sainte-Anne, Guadeloupe (France)

The schools should be able to cater for such phenomena as internationalisation of education and support the creation of flexible learning pathways in line with learners' needs and objectives.
However, many teachers come across the dilemma of balance between internationalism and national identity, especially in single nation countries. This course will demonstrate that internationalisation of curriculum significantly enhances national identity. Learning about unique features of their own and other cultures pupils come to increased understanding of their own national identity at the same time developing senses of tolerance and acceptance.
During the course participants will analyse internationalisation strategy and explore various methods and tools creating internationalisation policy for their school.
eTwinning is an important component of the course work where participants share their daily learning ideas. It also serves as monitoring and dissemination tool.

Register on eTwinning and familiarise yourself with the platform.
Complete the preparation assignments.

- improve management and teaching competences,
- explore teaching methods that emphasise real life experiences,
- analyse European dimension inside your curriculum,
- improve language competence,
- build connections with colleagues from other countries;
- increase knowledge of preparation, implementation, monitoring and follow up of international projects.

After the course participants will reflect on the gained knowledge and its application in their own educational environment. They will complete a report to be sent to their national agency. The trainers will provide support for collaboration between participants encouraging them to initiate partnerships projects, help to find partners and participate in online courses.


Day 1
Exploring national identity – what makes us what we are?
Understanding the concept of internationalisation
Identity and transformational learning

Day 2
The birth of a nation – the birth of a culture
Understanding what is Culture
The Danger of a Single Story – what is the message?
Multiculturalism and its five dimensions

Day 3
Take a step into the culture.
Methods to enhance the learners’ interest and make them active learners
Why stories behind the objects and events are important?

Day 4
What does it mean to be a Global citizen?
A Global Outlook and how to become a global citizen
International Learning: Global Citizenship Themes, skills and outlooks.

Day 5
International Curriculum – what are the benefits?
The strategy of internationalisation
Methods to enhance quality of education

Day 6
Erasmus+ objectives and priorities
International school policy – the need and the function

Day 7
What activities can be used in schools to promote internationalism?
Understanding key competences and their interrelations
Methods to develop key competences through international work

Day 8
Action plan: developing international curriculum ideas in my school.
Making a list of ideas for each school subject to promote internationalism while fostering national identity.

Day 9
Effective planning of the school partnership: necessities, ideas and shared tips.
Planning an international project.

Day 10
Reflection and evaluation.

With the change of SEG the reviews from participants 2016-2021 were deleted for all course providers. You still can find their reviews on our TwinSpace session 9. https://twinspace.etwinning.net/15730/pages/page/83849

Contact course organiser directly:
Rita Stoskiene
email: cheritage100@gmail.com
Whatsapp: +590690924354

Course organiser
NGO Kaunas Biennial
Sainte-Anne, Guadeloupe, France

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Upcoming sessions

28.03.2023 > 06.04.2023 (Confirmed)
24.04.2023 > 03.05.2023
Fully booked

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Everything was well organised, prepared et managed. We got many support during the preparation of the mobility.

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I participated in a course called "Classroom to the world". I was very satisfied with course leader Rita and all the arrangements in Guadeloupe! I can strongly recommend the course for everyone.

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The Course " A Classroom with a Door to the Wotrld" was a thought-provoking journey to national identity and internationalisation, both on practical and theoretical level. Through group discussions, readings, daily reflections, activities and visits we developed a wider and deeper understanding of national identity and culture, and how to take them into consideration in the internationalisation work at schools. We also learned to draft a comprehensive international policy for our home schools as well as to construct meaningful international projects. Kaunas Bienale, the course provider, provided a well organised and timed training course. The teaching materials were very appropriate to the topics. The course leader, Rita Stoskiene, was an excellent educator with a wise heart and an open mind. I warmly recommend the course, the location and the educator to my fellow collagues around Eurpe.

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Very professionally arranged course. Everything worked well and whole experience was meaningful. It felt like I learned a lot. We had good discussions with other participants.

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This course "A classroom with a door to the world" was a useful experience for me. The program of this course was well structured as well as the activities have been well thought out. During the course the topics analysed were really different - from the personal identity till the national one and its place in the global context; what it means to be the world Citizen and what the global attitude is; International Learning and Internationalisation of the curriculum, key competences were really wide and useful which made me think once again about the experience I had and gained in the course. All the practical tasks were purposeful and closely connected with the theoretical material. In my opinion, this course is suitable for all subject teachers, especially, for the school headmasters. The strengths of the course are: the detailed presentation of the course material, the course lecturer‘s great management, the useful morning videos for warming up activity and daily feedback forthinking over, the positive attitude throughout the whole course. Fluent cooperation with the course provider was going on before the course while analysing the course material as well as all logistical issues.

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I must admit that the course "A classroom with a door to the world" was professionally organised since the lecturer of the course Rita made thorough preparations before the beginning of it and sent all the participants the necessary material including the course programme, the booklet and even gave us some preparatory work to do in advance before the start of the course since we had to write two desciptions “What’s in a name?” and "Food and culture" illustrating them with photos and upload the information on TwinSpace as well as make live presentations on the 1st day of the course. In addition, the course was well-balanced, that means the theoretical part of the day was always followed by the practical one. At the end of each course day, every participant had to make a reflection, present the feedback what they learnt, add one's favourite photo as well as a quote of the day and upload the description on TwinSpace. This course is really suitable for the teachers of all subjects since the topics the course includes cover the main global issues of the world people face today as well as the local issues every country faces with. Especially, it is relevant for the language, geography teachers and school administration. I strongly feel that the main positive point of the course was the organiser Rita who is very professional in what she is doing, a broad and open-minded person, kind-hearted, very helpful in each situation, positive and tolerant as well. The next benefit was the course activities which were very well , thoroughly thought and organised as well as every day held in different, extraodinary locations and surroundings like on a small island, at sea, in the rainforest etc. It has been one of the most memorable courses I have ever participated in so far.

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"A Clasroom with a Door to the World" exceeded my expectations. The contents have been properly designed in order to achieve the objectives set out in the course program. Rita, the coordinator, has been in contact and has provided all the necessary information both before and during the mobility. The strengths of the course are related to the planning of activities directly related to the place and its culture and the figure of Rita, with her ability to listen and communicate her knowledge and previous experiences,

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Rita, the trainer, is highly skilled and knows exactly which buttons to press to get you to every goal of the course. Everything was so well thought of and every activity made sense to the objectives. It really is learning through experience, and it's not only a life changing experience, but it also makes you think about how important the internationalization process actually is and the right tools to achieve it. I am very grateful that I was able to attend.

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The course made me aware that in order to learn more about new cultures you have to know your own culture,The course took place in the most amazing classrooms I have ever seen. For instance it took place on the beach,on an island and in the rainforest. These were very nice locations which gave us a view of the world. It would have been beter if the participants of the course would have been staying at the same location/hotel. This would have improved the interaction. We would have continued talking about the subject of the day and we would have been able to share our experiences. It would also have been nice if there had been room in the programme to share our own experiences with each other. You can learn so much from each other but there was no room in the programming for sharing. Since we were all teachers it owuld have been nice to visit a school. I heard from the person giving the course that this was very diffucult, especially now. I understand this. But as an alternative the person giving the course could have invited a teacher who teaches at a local school to tell us about the educational system. I also missed the fact that we didn't have the change to tell each other about the educational systems in our countries. During this course I missed the fact that there was no room to talk about the subjects that we were dealing with. No room to share our experiences. It was especially the person giving the course who was giving information and telling about her personal experiences.

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In dem Kurs "A classroom with a door to the world" wurde ein umfassendes Konzept zur Internationalisierung des eigenen Unterrichts und der Aufstellung eines Internationalisierungsplans innerhalb des eigenen schulinternen Curriculums aufgezeigt. Angefangen bei der eigenen Identität, der eigenen Kultur und der Bedeutung des transformierenden Lernens, wurde im weiteren Verlauf verdeutlicht, was es bedeutet ein "Weltbürger" ein "Global Citizen" zu sein und der Zusammenhang der eigenen Kultur mit der kulturellen Vielfalt in Europa. Hier wurden explizit einige Beispiele selbst erprobt, wie das Trommelspiel auf "Gwo-kas" (Afrikanische Trommeln). und die Bedeutung von Musik und Kunst in diesem kulturellen Kontext besprochen. Vor diesem Hintergrund wurden die Schlüsselkompetenzen besprochen, die im Rahmen von internationalen Projekten gefördert werden können und die notwenigen Voraussetzungen dafür aufgezeigt, um ein Gelingen zu gewährleisten. Daraus resultierend wurde ein jeweils individueller Internationalisierungsplan entwickelt und mögliche nächste Schritte auf dem Weg dorthin angedacht. Gemeinsam mit den anderen Teilnehmern, aber auch passend zum eigenen System wurden Ideen für mögliche Projekte gesammelt und konkretisiert. Sowohl die Vorbereitung als auch die Durchführung des Kursanbieters und der Leitung des Kurses Rita Stoskiene war hervorragend strukturiert und durchdacht. Die einzelnen Themenschwerpunkte waren professionell aufbereitet und anschaulich und spannend präsentiert. Die Teilnehmer nahmen sowohl neues Wissen, neue Ziele, Möglichkeiten und Ideen für den eigenen Unterricht mit, die Veränderung schaffen. Die Kursorte waren jeweils gezielt ausgewählt, um Ideen für eigene Projekte und Aktivitäten zu fördern.

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It was a very enriching experience where we learned through discovery, without barriers, without impositions. so many different activities carried out in unique and special environments. Rita was a wonderful tutor, she provided everything to make us feel integrated and receptive to each experience. The group work was fantastic and we established good friendships and contacts for future projects.

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The course was really interesting. We've discussed many important topics a identity; culture; music in the culture, globalisation; sea; policy; projects/competences and Evaluation and feedback This has been a quite rewarding experience. We've learnt and shared about our systems of educations, points of view, but most important, we've learn the respect for learning, sharing and experiencing. New ideas about projects and competences just came into discussion and now it's time to put them in practice. Couldn't expect more... simply amazing! Thanks to Rita.

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Die Kursinhalte waren für mich genau richtig. Unsere Schule nimmt zum ersten Mal an einem Erasmus+-Projekt teil. Ich habe viel über Erasmus+, über die Ziele und die verschiedenen Möglichkeiten und über internationales Lernen erfahren, gelernt und vor allem selbst erlebt. Es wurde mir noch einmal bewusst, warum es so wichtig ist, es unseren Schülerinnen und Schülern möglich zu machen, den Blick zu öffnen. Es ging unter anderem um folgende Themen: die eigene Kultur in den Blick nehmen, Multikulturalimus und dessen Formen, Umsetzungsmöglichkeiten in der Schule… Die Organisation war sehr gut. Wir hatten einen abwechslungsreichen „Stundenplan“. Wir bekamen ein gutes Arbeitsheft, das uns bei der Vorbereitung und auch bei der Nachbereitung half und auch zu Hause bestimmt immer wieder benutzt werden wird. Das tägliche eigene Feedback, aber auch das der anderen Teilnehmer war sehr nützlich. Es gab auch genug Zeit, um sich mit den anderen Teilnehmern auszutauschen oder sich eigene Gedanken zu machen.

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