A Classroom with a Door to the World

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Internationalisation of curriculum and national identity

The course addresses the important issues raised by EU 2020 – internationalisation and modernisation of curriculum, Early Childhood Education and early school leaving, key competences, language learning and teachers’ continuous professional development. Participants will analyse internationalisation strategy and explore various methods and tools shaping internationalisation policy to the needs of their school. Alongside, interactive French language learning activities will provide participants with insight into local community.
In order to fulfil the objectives raised by EU 2020, the schools should be able to cater for new phenomena such as internationalisation of education and growing use of digital learning, and support the creation of flexible learning pathways in line with learners' needs and objectives. The big emphasis lies on Early Childhood Education and Care services as a foundation to improve the attainment of young people, particularly those at risk of early school leaving and with low basic skills.
However, many teachers come across the dilema of balance between internationalism and national identity, especialy in a 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.

Preparation
Pre-register for the course to receive a letter of confirmation.
Prepare materials that demonstrate internationalism and national identity.
Familiarise yourself with eTwinning tools to be used during the course.

Objectives
- improving management and teaching competences,
- learning inovative teaching methods and tools,
- integrating European dimension into curriculum,
- improving language competences,
modernising curriculum,
- reinforcing cooperation with partners from other countries;
- increasing quality in preparation, implementation, monitoring and follow up of international projects.

Follow-up
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 and the course organiser. The trainers will provide support for collaboration between participants encouraging them to initiate eTwinning projects, help to find partners and participate in online courses developing their knowledge of media tools.

Programme:

Day 1
Exploring national identity – what makes us what we are?
Whole nations of people can have a sense of who they are as a group because of the country they belong to. This is often referred to as national identity. Categories that a country's people share such as history, language and geographical position contribute to the nation's sense of identity. Identity is often influenced by a country's relationship to other countries through trade, communications, travel and cultural links.

Day 2
Impact on school community of international projects
Meeting with pupils, staff and parents ot Grand Camp 1 Les Abymes school to experience first hand the impact of international projects on the whole school community.

Day 3
Internationalisation of curriculum in European schools.
Internationalisation is largely a question of new activities within existing concepts of education, internationalism in education would promote the “bonding” of groups across national and state frontiers, and cosmopolitanism in education would aspire to over-rule the role of education in creating a sense of national allegiance and replace it with the promotion of an identification with human society as a whole.

Day 4
Closed community and internationalism. Reducing early school leaving.
Early school leaving is linked to unemployment, social exclusion, and poverty. The way the education system is set up and the environment in individual schools are also important factors. Using international projects and making curriculum more international is one of the best ways to engage the students in active learning.

Day 5
Multicutural school community and national identity – unity or conflict?
The relationship between ethnic, religious and social communities is surrounded by a sense of crisis. In media, academia and much public discussion the scapegoat has been and continues to be multiculturalism.

Day 6
International Curriculum – what are the benefits?
Case studies by participants. Comenius and eTwinning experiences.

Day 7
International Curriculum in Early Years.
Case studies by participants.
Parents are impressed at what the children are learning; they are hearing their children talking more about what they’ve been learning and many children are wanting to continue their learning activities at home. It encourages parents to come in and do things with the children and this helps the parents to see the extent of learning that’s going on.

Day 8
What activities can I use in my school to promote internationalism?
Each activity enables young children to remain motivated through the Learning of Science, Geography, History and so on. It also allows them to make purposeful links and connections throughout their learning and to see how their subject learning is related to the world they live in.

Day 9
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 10
Reflection and evaluation
Planning an international project

Contact course organisers directly:
cheritage100@gmail.com

Course organiser
NGO Kaunas Biennial
Location
Gosier, Guadeloupe

Sessions

07.01.2019 > 17.01.2019
Fully booked
28.01.2019 > 07.02.2019
Fully booked
18.02.2019 > 28.02.2019
Fully booked
11.03.2019 > 21.03.2019
Fully booked
06.05.2019 > 16.05.2019 (Confirmed)
Register before 31.01.2019
27.05.2019 > 06.06.2019 (Confirmed)
Register before 28.02.2019
17.06.2019 > 27.06.2019 (Confirmed)
Register before 28.02.2019
07.10.2019 > 17.10.2019 (Confirmed)
Register before 31.08.2019
06.01.2020 > 16.01.2020 (Confirmed)
Register before 30.09.2019

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Attended 18.01.2016 - 29.01.2016

Great cultural experience, a lot of outdoor lessons and contact to locals, so that we had the "real" Guadeloupe experience. Good times. Bon temps.

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Attended 18.01.2016 - 29.01.2016

All in all a fantastic and very successfull intercultural experience with local people and their traditions! Merci!

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Attended 18.01.2016 - 29.01.2016

I have got on the course sessions what I expected. About the local history, the interesting places much more than I thought. C'était une belle expérience!

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Attended 18.01.2016 - 29.01.2016

It has been an exciting course in beautiful settings. Interesting discussions with good people from different places in Europe. The name of the course made a lot of sence when we met the local musician Mr. Claude who told us about how it is to live in the Caribbean and be European. The you really need a window to the rest of the world.

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Attended 18.01.2016 - 29.01.2016

Great sessions and great discussions on a beautiful Island. Luckily the sessions and cultural experiences was mixed on different spots on the Island.

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Attended 18.01.2016 - 29.01.2016

Fantastic and very succesfull course. Local history and culture.

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Attended 18.01.2016 - 29.01.2016

It has been a good course in fantastic surroundings. It was good that the course took place outside in the nature. I will youse that more when I get home. Really good to learn about the local culture and history Good music lesson with historical and cultural aspect.

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Attended 18.01.2016 - 29.01.2016

26/06/2017-07/07/2017 dated.We need to be the culprit. There is no doubt that it will be very useful.

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Attended 18.01.2016 - 29.01.2016

These two weeks were a fantastic multicultural experience and we really got many possibilities to get to know the Guadeloupe well. I enjoyed a lot of outdoor lessons, meetings with the local people, visits to the local school and great discussions with Rita and the whole group.

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Attended 18.01.2016 - 29.01.2016

It was wonderful experience to have an opportunity to talk and think about internationalisation, culture, transformational learning and national identity in such a nice place - in Guadeloupe. We had sessions " dans la plage", we tasted delicius food, we saw many exotic plants and animals. The drum session conected us with the Guadeloupean traditional culture. Merci beaucoup!

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Attended 18.01.2016 - 29.01.2016

Great education, wonderful athmosphere and interesting visit to another European cultureand it's roots. Lovely days full of inspiration and positive energy for the months to come.

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Attended 18.01.2016 - 29.01.2016

Excellent, very well organized course involved in the local environment and traditions. It offers a reflection on integration of internationalization in the local tradition and maintaining a balance between them.

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Attended 18.01.2016 - 29.01.2016

This course in Guadeloupe has been very nice. We have learned a lot of Guadeloupe, its history, culture, people and traditions. We have been given many tips and advices how to plan and organize international projects. The course content was good. It was relly good planned and organized. Though some days became too long because of the women who wanted to shop at every place and every time ;D I would recommend this is a course to apply for!

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Attended 18.01.2016 - 29.01.2016

Thank you very much about this great cultural and international experience here in Guadeloupe. These two weeks existed a lot of information and way of understanding about the history, culture and life on Guadeloupe. It is always useful to meet local people and discuss with them and see the way of living. Also this group has been fantastic. Nine talented and humorous ladies studying together for two weeks. Lot of laugh and positive energy around! Everything has been arranged very well . All the study trips have been well organised and successful and interesting. Outdoor lessons have had lot of interesting thoughts and opinions. French lessons have not been too stressful, but we still learnt a lot of new words of the language. One of the best part of the course have been the school visits: to see the real school life, speak with the teachers and see how children work. Thank you Juliet and the school Ecole de Grand camp Parc.

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Attended 18.01.2016 - 29.01.2016

I experienced a different way of life. Being a part of another culture was for me an unforgettable experience.

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Attended 18.01.2016 - 29.01.2016

Great course about internationalization. Outdoor lessons were the best part of this course, lessons were at the very nice places. And meals in local restaurants show me how they eat here in Guadeloupe. In my opion he museum of slavery was the most effective . And guadeloupean music was great expierience for me too. Internationalization is not differenses ; it is similarites between cultures;

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Attended 03.07.2017 - 11.07.2017

The course “a classroom with a door to the world” gave me a better view of internationalisation. Previously, I only thought of projects and was not aware of how many other activities there were. Think of themes in classes, visits to other Dutch schools, contact between schools abroad, guest speakers in school, etc. After this course, we have become more aware of how and what to do in internationalisation in our own lessons. I notice that I'm often unconsciously busy with internationalisation. After this course, I want to do more focused assignments and discuss them more in lesson. For my subject (German) I often have texts with certain themes or chapters that contain a particular theme. Here I could do a lot more than I did in recent years. We also got a better idea of setting up projects and the terms that are associated with it. Except the theory, we have also been able to experience much of the daily life of Guadeloupe. I learned a lot about culture, nature, eating habits, etc. I like to get to know other cultures because it will be easier to understand humanity. The theory we had to read was sometimes difficult, especially because of the English language that I do not control very well. Therefore, it took a little more time to understand the texts, but in the end I found it all clear. What I was particularly happy with were the examples. We certainly learned a lot from each other. Everyone has different ideas and everyone is doing something with internationalisation. Together we have a lot of knowledge and through this course we have had the time to share this and, if necessary, think about improvements. Thanks to Rita and Fredo, we also had more chance of contacting the locals and seeing certain sides of the island that you would never see as a tourist.

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Attended 03.07.2017 - 11.07.2017

The experiences, reading, interaction with locals/Fredo/Rita/fellow participants, and the surroundings we were in shaped me more than I might have realized at the start. Making sure to be honest to myself about what I wanted to learn, but also honest about how all those elements I mentioned changed me, have made the trip both enriching to myself and I can only imagine my teaching as well. The course material is something I'll bring home with me and will probably often use as a reference work in the projects I'll participate in or will initiate. I especially enjoyed the article that prefaced the five dimensions. I realized that respect for other cultures and truly accepting other cultures should only go as far. As soon as cultural practices and stances impact other people's rights you should seriously evaluate whether you should continue accepting it. Education will go a long way in changing those practices without damaging cultural diversity. Interaction with the locals has been an absolute joy. I've never quite been scared of or demeaning to those who might seem alien to others. Rita helped me realize that cultural and racial differences here impact the way people react to you. To lessen that impact I have to be aware to always approach others without prejudice, not just through intent, but also through the language I use and the time and attention I give them.

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Attended 03.07.2017 - 11.07.2017

Reading the material, engaging with the locals and my fellow colleagues has definitely broadened my horizon and I feel as if I am more aware of the concept of internalization and of course guiding my students to become global citizens. Now I find myself continuously coming up with new topics for projects. 

 The French lessons have made me realized the importance of speaking the native language, or at least showing the locals that you’re willing to make an effort. Whenever I forced myself to use a French sentence, a smile emerged on the faces of my listeners and they openend up to me. 

 As mentioned before, Guadeloupe is very important to the overall experience. Even though the island is very much part of the European Union, it also feels as a separate nation of its own. With its own rules, heritage, customs and cuisine, dislike anything else in Europe. This melting pot of cultures provides the perfect background for becoming more aware of the impact mixing backgrounds have on the national identity.

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Attended 03.07.2017 - 11.07.2017

It Has been a very intense course where I have reflected on the identity of each one, belonging to one or more cultures, the need to train global citizens with competencies and skills that help them integrate into this increasingly globalized world. Thanks to the contents of The course II have gone deeper into internationalization policies and how to develop them in my school. The location of the course has been a present for the senses, absolutely overwhelming. The methodology based on experiential learning where classes were opened to The World. the classroom has been an example of how school can be motivating and fun.

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Attended 03.07.2017 - 11.07.2017

The course was excellent and I learned a lot from the culture of the community Guqdeloupe and visited the National Museum and the role was useful in the field of educational education and I imagine that take it for translation in the field of education in the Netherlands.

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Attended 03.07.2017 - 11.07.2017

I was a great experience to visit the isle of Guadeloupe. I learned a lot of the Guadeloupeen culture ( art, creole language, music, food, etc.) I want to try to integrate these aspects into my French lessons; I hope my students will be interested and motivated to visit foreign countries and try to be good global citizens.

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Attended 03.07.2017 - 11.07.2017

I have learnt a lot of new things about Internationalization during this course. Also the experiences like meeting the locals,culture ,music and food were great. I became once again aware of the importance of internationalization for my own pupils.Internationalization is certainly a big step to become a global citizen. Being in such a different " classroom" opens really a door to the world: and expand my horizon.I loved the place and being with my collegues working together and also relax on the beach. Quote of the whole experience: "The world is a book and if you do not travel you read only one page". (st Augustine)

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Attended 03.07.2017 - 11.07.2017

The course on internationalization and creating international projects was well developed. I enjoyed how it started with the theoretical building blocks, than went on to the broader picture and finally it became more practical and gave us a scaffold for writing an international project. Being in Guadeloupe and submerged in a completely different culture really strengthened in particular the first part of this course, where we were learning about identity, culture and global citizenship. It has also been a massive help in improving my French, through the course, but maybe even more importantly through interacting with locals and hearing French all around me. The locations have been breathtaking, some of the beaches we visited appeared to be straight out of a travel brochure and that has been a great experience for me. I would have never visited an island like this myself for a holiday, which means that the course has given me an experience that I would otherwise have never had and we all grow and learn through new experiences. The mentality of the people and the pace of life in Guadeloupe is that different from the Netherlands, that being here has really giving me insights that will help me in dealing with partner school from other European countries. As I wrote in my last reflection as well, I really do think my future project will be better because of this course and I further believe that I will be a better supervisor/guide when taking students on foreign trips for it. As I already wrote in my very first reflection, I think we need to be more aware that time with students in the hotel or at a restaurant during these trips are also teaching times. I think that because of this course, I’ll miss less opportunities to actually teach students something.

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Attended 03.07.2017 - 11.07.2017

This whole course was a wonderful experience overall! I came here with no expectations at all, I just wanted to experience it all without prejudice. I had a wonderful time, meeting local people, experiencing local habits and of course enjoyed some fantastic views! Guadeloupe is a great island, with a lot of marine wildlife which I enjoyed to the fullest! I'm full of ideas how to translate this for my own purpose, into activities and lessons in my own classroom back in The Netherlands. Guadeloupe, mési et ov-wa!

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Attended 03.07.2017 - 11.07.2017

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. (O.W. Holmes) This is where the journey of discovery ends ... on Guadeloupe at least. After ten days of discussions we are ready to go home and start implementing what we've learned on the course. We now all know how to write an international policy for our school and what kinds of projects are suitable for Erasmus+. We brainstormed on various projects and can take the next step of actually creating a new project at our school. The articles and the reflections made us aware of what kind of teachers we are and in what way we can improve ourselves when it comes to teaching our pupils on how to become a global citizen. The reflections were a key part of our learning process. Without mulling over our experiences one might mistake these past ten days as a holiday rather than a 100 hour course. I imagine my classes will change in the sense that I will shift a little of my focus from English language teaching to internationlisation in my classroom. In the past I discussed cultural differences on an infrequent basis, next year I am going to make a conscious effort in adding international topics in the regular English classes. The teachers of English on this course already discussed the possibility of incorporating a new project in a particular year. The door has been opened; now it is up to us to keep it open.

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Attended 03.07.2017 - 11.07.2017

I really enjoyed this course. The course book gave an academic view on internationalisation in the school. I go home with a lot of ideas for of my lessons and our running and upcomming international projects. The unique location of Guadeloupe gave me lot of new views on culture and nature and Rita learned me how to use it in my lessons back at school. Rita and Fredo are excellent hosts and teachers and I would recommend this course for those who want to learn more about the possibilities of internationalisation and social inclusion in schools.

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Attended 15.01.2018 - 26.01.2018

This course was an unforgetable experience that will sustained influence me (personally and professional). My attitude got solidified. I even feel more confident and well prepared to start an eTwinning-project and a KA 2 project by knowing how to get pupils, parents, colleagues and other people in. This way the project will be succesfull.

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Attended 18.01.2016 - 29.01.2016

This course is great for teachers who are passionate about international work like me and who are responsible for internationalising school and organizing Erasmus + partnerships. It offers a variety of ideas for international school projects and help for writing a convincing application. In the beautiful landscape of Guadeloupe and outdoor classrooms you get views on complex keywords like national identity, multiculturalism, cultural heritage and global citizen. I can highly recommend this course. Merci.

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Attended 18.01.2016 - 29.01.2016

Since my school is at the very beginning of Erasmus studies and international projects, it was very helpful to learn how it works on other schools. These experiences will hopfully help us to become a full member of this international comunity. The course itself gave me interesting insights in forwarding social competences to the pupils, as i normally work with young adults, teaching maths and computer science.

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Attended 15.01.2018 - 26.01.2018

Organised and clear content presentation. Presented multiculturalism in a multicultural cultural; requiring reflexion on one own culture. Most “classrooms” really gave “a door to the world”, because of their unique outdoor location, because of the reflexion it required, because of its unique impact on participants. It really focused on the importance of project for the all community (pupils, teacher and local community). When participants have an open mind they’ll realise that multiculture is all around us. Integration and acceptance of the other requires acceptance of ourselves. Fell the culture, enjoy…

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Attended 15.01.2018 - 26.01.2018

The training has influenced me both professionally and privately. The selection of the outdoor classrooms was excellent and made a significant contribution to my further development. In addition, we were able to expand many ideas through the wealth of experience of our teacher and we have made new contacts in order to translate what we learned directly into action when we are at home.

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Attended 18.01.2016 - 29.01.2016

We are still at the very beginning with our Erqsmus project and we have benefited greatly from the others. We had many great impressions. I hope that I can inspire my colleagues to make our school internationalism.

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Attended 15.01.2018 - 26.01.2018

It fully matched my expectations, the course was well structured and the island is simply fantastic. The XXI century predicts innovation in school and in particular in the classroom and here we had the proof that can be learning without being in the traditional format.

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Attended 05.02.2018 - 15.02.2018

Nice, open minded people with great hospitality, perfect organization, good timing and the outdood classrooms were probably the coolest classrooms in the world. Out of your comfortzone what helped to expand your ideas on international projects. The best expression for me what describes this course is: learning journey cause while visiting the whole island you participate on a learning process and with the great help of the course booklet you will have an overview of what is multiculturality and internalization.

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Attended 05.02.2018 - 15.02.2018

A hihgly recommended course for teachers involved in international project teams. Not professional and hands~on skills only, but a great opportunity for self¬discovery and self¬development. A real adventure and strong team¬building. You will become a much more organized person, with a clear future in your head...

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Attended 05.02.2018 - 15.02.2018

The course has been enriching in many different ways. The contents have been carefully planned to take us step by step to the course target. It gave us insight in culture and identity, in multicultural and international learning issues. It took us to different outdoor classrooms with great talk, while enjoying the view, the nature or the water. Rita provided us with answers to our many questions. Especially the personal experience enriched the experience. Also the talk among the participants has been very enlightening. Now we have concrete ideas and plans how to start and improve international projects. Our motivation is raised and we see the overall benefit of this course to our school project which is to enhance internationality.

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Attended 05.02.2018 - 15.02.2018

The course progressed well from identity to culture and finally to multiculturalism. During the course we had magnificent classrooms where we learnt how important internationalization is for the schools. I guess the participants have already known that. We have had more or less experience with international projects and sharing that experience was enriching. Being from different countries and have a colleague of the same school with me helped to sort out all the ideas we shared and came up. The challenge for us teachers is to get our students and colleagues as enthusiastic about international projects as we have been. I can highly recommend the course to other teachers if you want get out of your straitjacket feel the open space, meet open-minded people and feel what is possible. Thank you!

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Attended 05.02.2018 - 15.02.2018

I loved the course! It is the first course at which I could hardly wait for the next day to see what we do next. I knew the programme, but the reality always surpassed any imagination.

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Attended 05.02.2018 - 15.02.2018

Today was the last day of a wonderful course. The last discussions and the happy French test were zone in an already nostalgic atmosphere. It is obvious that for everybody this has been a wonderful experience. this course is especially good for those who want to find new avenues for international projects.

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Attended 05.02.2018 - 15.02.2018

I recommend everybody warmly to come, because they will love this course. It is an unforgettable experience, once in a lifetime experience.

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Attended 19.03.2018 - 30.03.2018

This is a fantastic course that has given me a deeper understanding of internationalism and what it means to be a global citizen. It has given me a unique look into the multiculturalism of Guadeloupe and has guided me to reflect on my current international work and made me eager to start up new projects in the future. I would fully recommend this course to anyone that would like to start up a new international project or get more involved with the wonderful world of etwinning. Thank you!

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Attended 19.03.2018 - 30.03.2018

It was an exciting course on the beautiful island of Guadeloupe. Meeting all the very friendly local people was a great experience to me. The course itself was very well structured and organized. I got a lot of useful information and hints how to handle international progects at our school. I highly recommend this course.

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Attended 19.03.2018 - 30.03.2018

The course would be perfect, prepared materials, previously available, were at a high substantive level, help me prepare for classes. Excellent organization, great atmmosferam, warmth and kindness of Rita, her great professionalism, kindness and help from Michel, Very attractive places to organise activities, cooperation and understanding, and the openness of all participants, made the course very effective, wonderful and enriched my knowledge of education, the course opened my mind for new ideas, opened my door, my class and school for the world

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Attended 19.03.2018 - 30.03.2018

The course is eminently practical because it allows us to be in touch every day with the multiculturalism, nature, history, customs and traditions of this island. The theory that comes in the booklet allows us to reflect on the situation in which our school is at the level of internationalization and gives us many ideas to improve the documents related to the development of key competences and the activities to achieve them. Of course this course awares me to discuss and write a good international school policy. Enjoy from the first moment with Rita and Michel who will give you a warm welcome and will accompany you during two intense weeks. Thank you very much.

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Attended 19.03.2018 - 30.03.2018

This course was fantastic. I enjoyed all the sessions and the combination of learning and having fun. It has been an unforgettable experience. I am leaving this place with a lot of new ideas to share with my partners in my school.

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Attended 19.03.2018 - 30.03.2018

It was a great experience for me to take part in this course. Learning and enjoying was perfect combined. The organisation was brilliant. Every day we stayed in an other classroom in different places of Guadeloupe. It was incredible. To meet George, Marie-Laure or staff and pupils at school was the most interesting and important part of the course and an unforgettable and extraordinary experience for me. Rita and Michel, two very sympathetic persons, create a welcome atmosphere. I will take a lot of ideas and motivation back to our school.

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Attended 19.03.2018 - 30.03.2018

This was the best course I have ever been on. Interesting and informative sessions and discussions. Very well planned and organised. I would highly recommend this course to others. Louise Garratt

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Attended 04.06.2018 - 14.06.2018

This course was in many ways very memorable and instructive. I got ready for the course by getting to know the pre-sent material. The topics were very important in our work. Our school has been working for only six years and we are at the beginning of international work. The course inspired me to reflect on my own national identity in relation to others. The museum visit made a deep impression on me and raised my interest to explore more history. We visited each day a different place in the island and the ”so-called classroom” changed every day. We explored the island's wildlife and sights. It was great to sit, for example, on the beach and talk about topical issues. I really enjoy these conversations, warm and beautiful nature with amazing views. I did not know a word about French when I came to the course. I learned the basics during the course. I can now make purchases in French and I understand a little bit of French. French lessons were nice, funny and useful. All in all, the course was more than I expected. Stunning nature, great cultural experiences (drums, music), comfortable schedule and a well-organized course were truly memorable. Guadeloupe is always in my heart as the best Erasmus experience.

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Attended 04.06.2018 - 14.06.2018

Each day we learnt something new which was layered from the previous days learning. I noticed this from the outset and related it to how we should be aware of our own identity and then relate that with the national identity and then with our international identity. Through this model children learn to become global citizens and as we all know the world is becoming a smaller place... Being part of this course has inspired me to continue with all of the international work that we do back at school and reaffirmed my core values as a teacher. Creative teaching and learning and being able to understand the process behind the understanding is so important. Teaching children how to communicate and not being afraid to ask questions is imperative to their development of being a global citizen. The name of this course 'A classroom with a door to the world' was just perfect. Each day we had a new classroom setting which took my breath away. We didn't need materialistic things to create a learning space, beautiful nature and breath taking views inspired me to think creatively and further my understanding of internationalism. The clarity and expectations of the course were met and the setting was beautiful beyond my imagination! The resources provided and the different classroom setting each day was a real strength of the course. No two days were the same on this course and it was inspirational, however I would say that anyone wanting to participate on this course needs a good level of fitness especially on the day trekking through the rainforest! I found that particularly challenging. I felt I was at an advantage as the course was delivered in English and felt so much respect for the teachers that came from Finland and Lithuania. They had to process their learning and interpret their understanding in English. If you were thinking about participating on this course I would definitely highly recommend it! Thank you Rita for inspiring me over the last 10 days and putting me in contact with inspirational teachers from across the world.

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Attended 04.06.2018 - 14.06.2018

For me I could see the progression of learning on this course as each session built upon the learning from the previous one. Hence the expectations of the course were clearly met. It became even clearer to me that national identity can be enhanced by the internationalisation of the curriculum. By encouraging children to understand their own identity it is then easier for them to develop senses of tolerance for others. Respect for all is a strong part of the ethos at our school in the UK. The title for the course “ A Classroom with a Door to the World “ is so apt when we were presented with an amazing new classroom setting every day . Not easy to replicate but there are simple changes that can be made to our teaching and learning environments. Simply changing the layout of tables, sitting on cushions on the floor or working more outside can enhance children’s learning and maintain engagement . Focusing on building children’s 8 competences which are embedded into our curriculum can easily be integrated into an international project . I have seen the benefits of this with the projects that I have been involved with already . Having this chance to exchange ideas face to face will make this even easier in the future and this has been a great strength of the course. I felt the balance between the more formal discussion and the less formal opportunities that we were given allowed for a really positive exchange of ideas and ethos. It did help to reaffirm my educational pedagogy and beliefs in the importance of a creative approach to teaching whilst at the same time seeing how the curriculum can be enhanced through international projects . Allowing children to become the global citizens of tomorrow. Another strength for me was in session 5 whereby we were given a great link to the British Council resources . Something I know that I will tap into. Gaining an insight into how important it is to teach children how to learn ( the Finish model) and focus on the process of learning and not just outcomes is something I really want to discuss back at school in the Uk. I have been truly inspired by this course and did feel lucky that it was easy for me to access as it was presented in English . As always it is so amazing to see how other teachers are so enthusiastic and competent when speaking English. I really enjoyed practicing my French and feel I have made progress with my communication over the last two weeks. I would advise all participants to embrace all aspects and dimensions of this course. Interact with others, ask questions and assimilate all aspects of the discussion. Thank you Rita for your attention to detail, your calm approach and insightful discussion . I feel that I will return to school full of enthusiasm and ideas to integrate internationalisation strategies even further in school.

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Attended 04.06.2018 - 14.06.2018

This was an amazing experience in the wonderland. During this course I learnt many new things about the people, the nature, customs and traditions of Guadeloupe. The Memorial ACTe Museum visit gave incredible insight into the background. I understood that learning can happen at unconventional places which enhances the motivation and engages into deeper learning. During the course I improved my organisational skills on classroom management at the same time engaging but giving enough freedom to accept responsibility. I found many professional friends and shared a lot of ideas for methods and strategies in the classroom. I gained reassurance that I am on the right path developing young people to become responsible global citizens. The living environment were perfect allowing enough space for getting deeper insight into the local culture and at the same time giving possibilities to work on the course materials.

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Attended 04.06.2018 - 14.06.2018

Participating Erasmus+ course in Guadeloupe was a brilliant idea! Exploring this beautiful island and studying many things from building identity to internationalisation was a memorable experience. Each day’s classroom was definitely a door to the world as the name of this course ”A Classroom with a door to the World” promised. Every day we went to different spot on the island, we had lessons on the beach, on the small coral island, in rainforest, in the local garden, in museum, school visit ect. Topics of the each day were always connected to the places we were. Guadeloupe is paradise with beautiful nature, interesting culture, friendly people and unfortunately rude history. During the course we had time to discuss with other participants and plan international future projects. I would warmly recommend this course! Guadeloupean atmosphere is unique!

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Attended 04.06.2018 - 14.06.2018

The course is the best course that I have attended from previous 6 other courses. The material was given before travelling. The organisation was excellent with well balanced time for work, discussions, self-study and free time. The materials that we study are ready to be used at school on return. This is not the case that I have experienced during some of the other courses. The very interesting part of the course was proposed self-study french language vocabulary forcing us to communicate with local people more. During the last day visit to the school the children made a quiz and tested our knowledge. This was a very rewarding experience for us and the children. The work is very useful and it is possible to implement into our school curriculum with the support from our administration staff. The connections with the other course participants already gave us a lot of ideas for the future projects that we were able to discuss in greater details. The knowledge that I gained raised many questions that I would like to explore in greater detail using other courses to make our international work with the pupils stronger. I was lucky to be able to attend this course with two other colleagues from my school. We made a strong team still having different insights into the topics we have studied. This will also have an impact on return as it will be easier to persuade the other colleagues to join international projects.

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Attended 04.06.2018 - 14.06.2018

This is the third course I attended. It was a wonderful discovery how it is possible to join the learning and cultural experiences and educational visits. I have greatly improved my English language skills as it was great need to communicate with other course participants. And the introduction to the French language was very useful which encouraged me to pursue the further studies to gain deeper understanding. The course organisation was excellent reducing the stress of being in another country. I would like take part in another course like this.

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Attended 04.06.2018 - 14.06.2018

The time for beginning of this course was perfect, just after the last school day when summerholiday began. I expected some days for relaxation, cultural knowledge and activities of the island, some boost to my international work in the school and new friendships and also to learn a bit French words. And during this course I got all of those and much more. People here in Guadeloupe are so nice, polite and friendly and I felt me so comfortable to be here. I love the place and I loved the course too. Classrooms during the course were so super, everytime outdoors at different marvelous places. This was the best course ever, I will never forget this. Merci beaucoup 😍

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Attended 04.06.2018 - 14.06.2018

This course was a perfect combination of learning and relaxing. Everyday we had a new outdoor classroom in the most beautiful places in Guadeloupe. The small size of our group helped to create a very good athmosphere. Also the course leader Rita made me feel comfortable despite of my bad English. Anyway, I have learned to speak a little bit of French and my English has improved during this two weeks. This was the best course that I have ever been and I can recommend this for everyone from the bottom of my heart.

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