US Teaching Assistant arrived
Julianne McAdams, our teaching assistant for 2017/18, has arrived. Julianne was born and raised near Miami, Florida and studied English a the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. We are looking forward to working with her till May 2018.
CLIL Job Shadowing
After the Erasmus+ KA1 project of our Spanish partners had been approved we could welcome Jesús González García, responsible for teacher training at the Institute of Secondary Education I.E.S. Cristóbal Lozano in Hellín (in the south-east of Spain) for a week of job shadowing and teaching assignments.
The name of the project is "European Strategy to improve CLIL, Content and Language Intergrated Learning" and aims at improving the training and the skills of teachers currently involved in different subjects of our partner school´s bilingual programme.
Mr González García visited various lessons, e.g. electronics, programming, biology and history, and had the opportunity to interview Mr Wolfgang Holzer, principal of our college, and Mr Wilfried Nagl, Inspector for Technical Colleges at the Education Board Upper Austria.
Attending the "CLILvoc 2017" conference, the 2nd Austrian CLIL Conference for Vocational Schools and Colleges in Linz, was another highlight of this study visit.
CLIL Study Visit
Members of EP-Nuffic, the Board of Dutch Bilingual Schools, visited our college to see real-life CLIL and watch our students using English as a working language while solving complex mathematical problems and developing alternative models of the famous Dining Philosophers Problem.
Since 2011 Austrian technical colleges have implemented CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) as a compulsory element of teaching and learning in their national curricula for grades 3-5, i.e. for students aged 16-19. Using English as a working language with genuine language learning elements embedded helps to anticipate real-life work environments and foster employability and active citizenship in a globalized world.
Comenius Project ticketz4u
Project meeting in Athens
Ash flight restrictions were looming as we had already booked and prepared for the final meeting of the Comenius project in Athens this April. We turned out to be lucky – some of us put it down to the benevolence of the Greek Gods whose domicile we visited on the very first day – and no delay disrupted anybody's journey. We were also priviledged by a stroke of good luck not to be held back by industrial actions following the financial crisis. Only the Danes could not make it.
We were about 30 teachers and students from Estonia, Ireland, Norway, Spain and Austria. Staying in a city centre hotel we could enjoy visits to the cultural attractions, we were part of the lively atmosphere of Athens and we had easy access to public transport.
In our meetings we managed to complete a final report, we discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the project and agreed to keep the homepage for another year. Apart from finding out a lot about cultural diversity and identiy, exchanging teaching experience and establishing international contacts we can also come forth with a final product: a CD will be issued, compiling major contributions from all partner schools. The students from the HTL Leonding have played the predominant role running of the IT-related part of the project (Benjamin Völk and Jochen Bamminger have been in charge of the website; they have both done a great job – thanks very much!)
We shall not conceal the fact that after all the work had been dealt with a final trip took us to Aegina island where we stopped tovisited the Aphaia temple before we walked on down to the sea. There, some of us took their first swim of the year and all of us sat down to treat ourselves to a gorgeous meal. Back in Athens we rushed out to a suburb and eventually got to Eirine's, our Greek colleague's house, for a fare-well meal.
Two opportunities for student exchange should be mentioned here:
Our partner school in Tartu, Estonia, offers a three months stay with a host family. The student is meant to attend the Descartes Gymnasium. Also, Tartu University is a partner in this project. Our Estonian colleagues seem rather keen on pursuing this scheme.
The Italian parners from San Benedetto del Tronto have offered industrial placements, which might be interesting for students attending vocational school like ours.
Authors: Josef Draxlbauer, Alfred Rammer
eTwinning Project Successful CLIL
Our current eTwinning project with ITIS "G. Marconi" in Verona is called Successful CLIL - Teaching Computer Languages and Natural Languages. According to Walter Zajicek, the project coordinator in Leonding, the students from Verona and the students from the informatics department of our college (class 3CHDV) work together to ...
- promote the exchange of information, experience and materials in the field of CLIL for scientific purposes
- achieve better knowledge and understanding of how to teach languages successfully
- improve the teaching and learning processes in both the subjects English and Applied Data Techniques (ADAT)
- consolidate the friendship between our two colleges resulting from good team work
The students use a wide range of communication tools like email, virtual environments, the social network NING and Skype.
"Successful CLIL" was awarded the Austrian eTwinning Quality Label in December 2009.
In May 2010 the students from Leonding visited their partners in Verona to see the college, the city and some of the cultural highlights there. All the Austrian students and their teachers, Ms Rumetshofer and Mr Zajicek, had a great time and want to say, "Thank you for all the hospitality at ITIS G. Marconi".
eTwinning Project VideoLingua
The last eTwinning project of our media technology students and their partners from ITIS (Istituto Tecnico Industrial Statale) "G. Marconi" in Verona was called VideoLingua - Working English Across the Borders. The students produced a series of videoclips that showed typical situations from job interviews in their own countries. Thus the project helped to promote intercultural communication and job mobility within Europe.
In April 2008 the Italian students visited their partner college in Leonding, participated in various Computing and Electronics lessons and visited the Ars Electronica Center in Linz.
In June 2008 this project was awarded the Italian eTwinning Quality Label.
eTwinning Project BoLeCom
Our recent eTwinning partnership BoLeCom dealt with "aspects of telecommunications in Italy and in Austria". Students of both departments and students of ITI (Istituto Tecnico Industriale) "Aldini Valeriani" in Bologna developed teaching materials in English for GPS, VoIP, TV, and Internet.
eTwinning Project CompuLingua
CompuLingua - talking technology across the borders was our virtual eTwinning partnership with ITIS (Istituto Tecnico Industriale Statale) "G. Marconi" in Verona/Italy. Students of 4DHD, who attended our special training focus for "Media Technology & Media Industry", and students of 4Ai (ITIS, department of informatics) worked on a CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) project. Together they developed a web-based, multilingual (English, Italian, German) Technical Glossary of words and terms from the world of computer science. The project was selected Italian "Example of Best Practice" and Austrian "Project of the Month, January 2006".
Italian students visited their Austrian partners in March 2006, students from Leonding travelled to Verona in April 2006.
The project made it to the 3rd place in the Austrian eTwinning Competition 2006. Our college was awarded the Austrian eTwinning Quality Label for projects of excellence.
In 2007 this project was awarded the European eTwinning Quality Label.
Socrates Project Mind in Europe
Our Socrates Project 2004-2006 was called "Mind in Europe: Insecurity and fear of change - the effects on the societies of the EU enlargement". Our project coordinator was Mr Alfred Rammer, teacher of religious instructions and professional sociologist, i.e. a true expert for the tasks to come. Our project partners were:
Middelfart Gymnasium in Middelfart/Denmark, Zespol Szkol Ogolnoksztalcacych Nr 1 in Nowy Sacz/Poland, and Oskar-Picht-Gymnasium in Pasewalk/Germany. The aims of the project were:
- to monitor and (possibly) influence the growing together of EU countries
- to develop the students´ academic and social competencies, and their sense of tolerance and community
- cultural exchange which will result in lasting experiences for the participants and broaden the individual student´s horizon and understanding of diverse cultures
- to improve the communicative skills in foreign languages among students and teachers
- to publish the survey-findings about the effects of the EU enlargement and present results of the cooperation in exhibitions, events, etc.
In October 2005 the fourth project meeting was held in Leonding. Our college hosted 20 students and teachers from Denmark, Germany, and Poland.
In a number of workgroups students and teachers discussed about ...
- the results of the survey on the EU-enlargement
- the pros and cons of different European school systems
- the economic situations in the partner countries
- the question of a European Identity, which is the new focus of the project
Highlights of this project week were ...
- the opening of the "European Impressions" exhibition
- the guided tour of our college and a visit to the labs and workshops
- the design process of the "European Impressions" calendar, which will be printed in Poland
- the visit to the ars electronica center, the Museum of the Future in Linz
The final meeting took place in Nowy Sacz in March 2006.