Friday, 15 April 2016

eTwining projects which are great examples of CLIL developed by one of our CLIL seminar members

It is a true privilege to share several eTwinning projects in which one of our seminar members, Amaya Alonso Cabria,  has taken part and has achieved high standards of performance as you will see when you look into the projects.

"Los misterios del bosque"  was chosen among the 12 best projects in Europe and was awarded the European Quality Label in 2015.  The aim of the project is to let students know about the legends of different places and countries by following the forests paths. Really original, isn't it?  It is indeed impressive when you see that the teachers who take part in it are a Biology teacher from Barakaldo (Amaya Alonso), a Spanish teacher form Ukraine ( Olena Baluba) and a Spanish language and Literature teacher from Melilla ( José Antonio Sánchez)

Amaya is currently taking part in Science Timeline. This project is for 16-17-year-old students and the countries that are taking part in it are Italy and Spain (Basque Country, Antonio Trueba, Barakaldo).  The aim of this project is the study of the progress of Science in human History. Students from different countries are  working  together in order to research the scientific developments from the prehistoric times (discovery of fire, stone axes, etc) to current progresses (new materials, smart cars, artificial intelligence, etc). The pupils are going to create a timeline of Science in different formats (Power point, calaméo, thinglink, etc) in mixed teamworks. Then they are going to show their results in their own schools to spread the project. Besides, they are going to take into account more intensively the advances in Science made by different scientists or researchers from their countries.

Go, look in the mirror is another project developed by Amaya and another colleague from her school,  together with  other members from Ukraine, Melilla and Tunisia. The project is in English, Spanish and French. It is aimed at 12-16-year-old students and they research  about the basic emotions (fear, sadness, hatred, astonishment, disgust, anger) and the secondary ones (embarrassment, love, anxiety…), how they affect  teenagers and how  they are reflected in our cultures (traditions and different artistic expressions).

Amaya, our heartfelt congrats on having successfully demonstrated that languages are a  fantastic vehicle to develop projects related to very diverse areas and  cultures while developing students' basic competences such as the interpersonal competence or the ICT competence. 

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

The best eTwinning project in English 2016


Today I would like to write about an eTwinning project that has been awarded a "special category prize": the best project in  the area of teaching a curriculum subject through the medium of English. This prize  has been awarded to the project entitled AIMS Alternatives for Innovative Math Study"

AIMS is an eTwinning project involving 7 Secondary schools from Romania, France, Holland, Italy, Poland, Greece and Spain. 
I have chosen to write about this project because those of you who attend my CLIL seminar know I am a firm believer in the theory of Multiple Intelligences and  the participant teachers in this project use the MI theory to discover and develop each student's particular skills, needs and interests, differentiate and adapt the teaching methods to them. 

Besides, AIMS uses cooperative learning methods, which is not so common in Maths classes, fosters autonomous learning and promotes mutual respect, tolerance and understanding for students with different abilities.

Last but not least,  students who have taken part in this project   create their own learning materials for each type of MI  by using motivating ICT tools or modelling real-life situations so that mathematical contents become relevant for them.

Below you can find  an example of the use of mind maps, developed by the Greek team:


It is, indeed, an ideal project for our CLIL classes. It focuses on Maths and it aims  mainly at making 11-16-year-old students see the connection between Maths and real life but it covers many other subjects:  Design and Technology, European Studies, Foreign Languages, History, / ICT, Mathematics / Geometry, Natural Sciences, Physics. 

You can access the teaching guide below:


You can download the publication above in pdf format from here.
My heartfelt congratulations to the participants and my deepest gratitude for having shared their activites and outcomes  on the Twinspace and on their blog