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

Course organiser
NGO Kaunas Biennial
Location
Gosier, Guadeloupe
Language
EN
Topics
Active citizenship, European dimension; Combating failure in education, reducing early school leaving; Education and project management; Intercultural education, migration
Key competences
Cultural expression; Foreign language; Social and civic
Target audience
School management; Teachers & school staff: primary level; Teachers & school staff: secondary level
Price
700 Euro
Included in price
Course
Number of participants
7
Certification on completion
Yes

Sessions

18.01.2016 > 29.01.2016
Fully booked
16.01.2017 > 27.01.2017
Fully booked
03.07.2017 > 11.07.2017
Fully booked
15.01.2018 > 26.01.2018
Fully booked
05.02.2018 > 16.02.2018
Fully booked
19.03.2018 > 30.03.2018
Fully booked
07.05.2018 > 18.05.2018 (Confirmed)
Register before 31.12.2017
04.06.2018 > 15.06.2018
Fully booked
07.01.2019 > 16.01.2019 (Confirmed)
Register before 31.10.2018
04.03.2019 > 13.03.2019 (Confirmed)
Register before 31.10.2018

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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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