Sharing good practise of teaching the Latvian language for Latvians abroad

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1. NORDPLUS Adult 2014 project ‘’Sharing good practise of teaching the Latvian language for Latvians abroad’’ blog adress: https://nordplusadult.wordpress.com/

Materials and products available in the blog:

• information about the project (PROJECT SUMMARY, PROJEKTA KOPSAVILKUMS, AIM, SPECIFY OBJECTIVES, BACKGROUND);
• information about project partner organizations (ORGANIZATIONS, COLLABORATION);
• information about project visit in Uppsala (PLANNED ACTIVITIES, PHOTO GALLERY, CERTIFICATES);
• information about the competition for teachers ‘’The best methodological idea how to improve students’ reading task’’ (COMPETITION FOR TEACHERS);
• methodological materials for teaching-learning reading (IDEJAS SKOLĒNU LASĪTPRASMES PILNVEIDEI) –

BRĪNUMPASAKAS, MATEMĀTISKO PASAKU SACERĒŠANA, PASAKA PAR KUĢI by Mg. Psych. D.Giela;
PASAKA PAR LATVIJU by I.N.Dāboliņa;
IDEJAS LASĪŠANAS PRASMJU PILNVEIDEI by L.Meirupska;
METODISKA IDEJA SKOLĒNU LASĪTPRASMES PILNEIDEI, SAPLĒSTĀ PASAKA, LASĪTPRASMES VEICINĀŠANAS KONKURSS, WWW.SPREEDER.COM SKOLĒNU LASĪTPRASMES UZLABOŠANAI DAŽĀDOS VECUMPOSMOS by I.Reisa;

• information about dissemination of the project results (RESULTS, DISSEMINATION, ANCHORING, ADDED VALUE, EVOLUTION).

2. Information about project in Secondary School Nr.2 in school web page:

http://k2v.kuldiga.lv/index.php/projekti-1

3. All methodological materials prepared in the project are uploaded in eTwinning recourse box on 21st May 2015:

http://desktop.etwinning.net/resources

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Certificate of Attendance_INESE REISA

Certificate of Attendance_LAILA MEIRUPSKA

Certificate of Attendance_RUTA KARLOVIČA

Certification of Attendance_ANDA SVILPE

One objective of this project was to prepare a program for the Latvian language schooling and creative teaching-learning study material for adult students outside of their home country to improve their Latvian language skills. Realization of this objective has changed during the project. Originally it was planned to establish the Latvian language schooling program that is relevant to both partner schools. But it turned out that each of the educational institutions have different aims of the teaching of Latvian language – Secondary School Nr.2 in Kuldiga prepare pupils for a successful passing a State examination, Språkskola Uppsala helps immigrant children from Latvia to learn the Swedish language in order to study at a comprehensive school as well later supports them not to forget their mother tongue. So to create a relevant Latvian language schooling program for both schools was not possible. In the situation project partners decided to replace this project task with a competition for teachers ‘’The best methodological idea how to improve students’ reading skills’’, because reading problems have students in both schools.

The competition plan:  idejas_lasitprasmei

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The Winner is

 

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Instead of program for the Latvian language schooling was created a competition for teachers ‘’The best methodological idea how to improve students’ reading skills’’, because reading is one of the most burning challenges in language training. Teachers were asked to collect their methodological ideas and upload them in the project blog NORDPLUS Adult 2014. Voting for the best idea was held on 7th May – the project final event – conference at Secondary School Nr.2 in Kuldiga.
Equipping all citizens with appropriate reading skills has been one of the main goals of education systems over many decades in Europe. Yet, the teaching and learning of these skills is a very complex process for students, parents and teachers. There are a lot of strategies, methods, tools and ideas, however teacher professionalism and motivation in the reading learning process plays one of the main roles. Competition for teachers creates a positive contest among colleges, promotes sharing of experiences and provides exchanges. So I rate this project outcome as major benefit.

Both partner schools shared their professional exeriance in Latvian language teaching during the project. They got not only new teaching methods and ideas how to improve students’ reading skills, but also how to organize learning-teaching process at school, how to equip a studio for language training distantly etc.
Both schools have a lot of information about different study programs realized in both organizations and can advice potential candidates; advertise distant study possibilities of both organizations. Also we have great friends, contacts for further projects.
We did not met any challenges or obstacles during our work in a transnational partnership, may be because the project coordinator in our partner organization was MARA SIMONS, Latvian, the same nationality as we are. So we did not have any cultural differences. The only difficulty was the differences bettween start and finish of the school year and different holiday dates.
Learning-teaching process is something unique – it is impossible to separate professional, vocational and general abilities and dominants. But it is definitely clear that any experience gained from some other educational institution and even more in another country is very important for successful development of these institutions. It gives new creative ideas how to optimize, improve work at school, because from a distance ”with other eyes looking” is always better visible mistakes and weaknesses and also noticeable advantages and strengths. If an institution works only ” in their school building walls ” it has a real danger of stagnation. An international collaboration project is an excellent possibility to organize work at school better – modern, creative and attractive. The main advantage for Secondary School Nr.2 is the reorganizing of adult students training from evening classes to distance classes; but for Språkskola Uppsala the methodological materials for learning-teaching Latvian.

First of all improving their foreign language skills is the main benefit for every international project participant, also improving their professional skills as language teachers and establish useful connections is a great investigation in their future career.
We did not met any challenges or obstacles during our stay, the organization of the project visit in Uppsala was brilliant. All planed activities were realized and provided further more.
As it was mentioned before, a teacher is a special profession – it is hard to separate professional, vocational and general abilities and dominants. But in this project the teaching profession was viewed by most minority ethnic teachers as a respectable and desirable occupation which afforded minority ethnic teachers the scope to serve their communities whilst servicing the learning needs of all pupils. Prominently, but not exclusively, among their reasons was the drive to present themselves as role models for pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds. So Latvianness (latvietība) – the national identity and national self-confidence and its promotion is another important benefit of this project.

All project result – experience gained on the labor training organization distantly, as well as all created teaching tools will be used by both project partners in their daily work in both schools.
During the project we have got great partners and through them also got new contacts, so in future projects we would like to engage students and continue the project in a new quality as NORDPLUS Junior.

In June/ July 2014 was planned to create a project blog for easier communication, discussion and sharing information during the project and upload the project results, outcomes. The project blog NORDPLUS Adult 2014 was created in December, because e-mailing was a better way to communicate between project partners in first two project month. When the first project products out came, a blog was necessary – in December 2014.
The exchange visit to Språkskola Uppsala, Sweden was planned in August 2014 for two teachers. Because the airline tickets were bought in June 2014 it was found that the project budget allows exchange visit of four people instead of two (exchange was planned for LAILA MEIRUPSKA and INESE REISA), if the journey is moved from August to the first week of September (in September ticket prices were lower). The decision was made to exchange in September 2nd – 6th 2014. All exchange participants are language teachers – two teachers of Latvian ANDA SVILPE, RUTA KARLOVIČA and two foreign LAILA MEIRUPSKA, INESE REISA (English and German) with pedagogical experience more than 15 years.

In June/ July 2014 project partners started to plan the project visit in Uppsala, Sweden. It was used e-mailing for communication between project partners in first two project month. Both partner schools have excellent school web pages. They were also used to get more information about both schools.
The exchange visit to Språkskola Uppsala, Sweden was planned in August 2014 for two teachers. Because the airline tickets were bought in June 2014 we saw that the project budget allows exchange visit of four people instead of two (as it was planned), if the journey is moved from August to the first week of September (in September ticket prices were lower). The decision was made to exchange in September 2nd – 6th 2014. All exchange participants are language teachers – two teachers of Latvian ANDA SVILPE, RUTA KARLOVIČA and two foreign LAILA MEIRUPSKA, INESE REISA (English and German) with pedagogical experience more than 15 years.
2nd September – travelling from Latvia to Sweden.
3rd – 5th September – MARA SIMONS Latvian language lesson observing in different schools in Uppsala and Sigtuna, where she works as Latvian language teacher and helps Latvian immigrant children. The children were thought face to face in individual lessons before or after comprehensive school exercises and also language teacher used distant learning tools – once a week MARA SIMONS works in a special lab in Språkskola Uppsala, where she has particularly arranged room with a video camera, microphone and other equipment for teaching language distantly. All project participants from Latvia observed 10 Latvian language lessons, children age 10-18.
4th September – meeting with the rector of Språkskola Uppsala MARIANNA AIVAZOVA. Both schools were presented by project partners and also were planned and discussed the progress of the project.
Project presentation for Uppsala Latvian Society members took place in their building on 5th September. The meeting was attended by 12 Latvians, who were interested in the project, because they would like to continue their education not to stop working in Sweden.
Additional activities:
3rd September – all project participants visited Uppsala University Eastern Scientific and Cultural Center and also observed GREG SIMONS’ history lesson at Uppsala University (theme – Soviet Propaganda). There project participants had one more chance to get learning-teaching experience and present the project.
6th September – visit of Stockholm Latvian Saturday School classes, where teachers from Latvia observed lessons, presented the project and got pen friend addresses for students in Kuldiga to start to plan how to continue the project work next year as a NORDPLUS Junior project.
Planned activities in September/ December 2014 – to prepare a program for the Latvian language schooling for adult students. As it was mentioned earlier this activity has been replaced by competition for teachers ‘’The best methodological idea how to improve students’ reading skills’’ (all materials uploaded in project blog NORDPLUS Adult 2014). On 22nd December was prepared Project Progress Report (including financial report on 2014 expenses) for both partner organizations to present project results and plan next tasks.
Planned activities in January/ February 2015 – to establish creative teaching-learning study material for adult distant learners outside of their home country to improve their Latvian language skills. There were created teaching-learning study materials and uploaded in project blog NORDPLUS Adult 2014.
Planned activities in March/ April 2015 – to test and correct the created materials in both partner schools. Materials were tested in both schools from the beginning of the project until the finish.
Planned activities in May 2015:
First, to organize a conference in Secondary School Nr.2 to present the created project results and outcomes. It was made on 7th May for all teachers and students in grade 5-8 to present project results and plan project activities for next year. The total number of participants ~150 students and ~50 teachers.
Second, to show presentations in different schools in Kuldiga’s region to introduce students and teachers with the project results and distant learning program in Secondary School Nr.2 in Kuldiga. The presentations were shown in methodological commission of the Latvian language, English and German languages in Kuldiga’s region to present the project results. The total number of listeners ~30.
Third, to upload the project results in a blog and in eTwinning resource box so that the results can also be used by others. It was done on 21st May.

The first objective of the project ‘Sharing good practise of teaching the Latvian language for Latvians abroad’ was to share professional experience of teaching process the Latvian language in Språkskola Uppsala in Sweden and Secondary School Nr.2 in Kuldiga for distant learning students, who live/ work abroad. The objective has completely achieved. Four teachers of Secondary School Nr.2 in Kuldiga visited Språkskola Uppsala in Sweden from 2nd – 6the September 2014, observed classes of the Latvian Language of Mara Simons, teacher of Latvian in Språkskola Uppsala.
The second objective of the project was to support adult Latvians abroad to get elementary and secondary level education through distant learning classes in Secondary School Nr.2 in Kuldiga. For the full realization of this objective we can make sure this summer when school will start a new student admission for the School-year 2015/16. Information on access to get education elementary and secondary level education through distant learning classes in Secondary School Nr.2 in Kuldiga was widespread among administration of Språkskola Uppsala, Latvian Society of Uppsala and Stockholm Latvian School.
The third objective of this project was to prepare a program for the Latvian language schooling and creative teaching-learning study material for adult students outside of their home country to improve their Latvian language skills. Realization of this objective has changed during the project. Originally it was planned to establish the Latvian language schooling program that is relevant to both partner schools. But it turned out that each of the educational institutions have different aims of the teaching of Latvian language – Secondary School Nr.2 in Kuldiga prepare pupils for a successful passing a State examination, Språkskola Uppsala helps immigrant children from Latvia to learn the Swedish language in order to study at a comprehensive school as well later supports them not to forget their mother tongue. So to create a relevant Latvian language schooling program for both schools was not possible. In the situation project partners decided to replace this project task with a competition for teachers ‘’The best methodological idea how to improve students’ reading skills’’, because reading problems have students in both schools.
In December was created the project blog NORDPLUS Adult 2014 to make the communication between teachers in both partner schools easier. All project results – methodical materials and ideas are summarized and published there.

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