The Diego Vitrioli – Principe di Piemonte Comprehensive Institute concludes the three-year experimental period of the English Plus course, with the delivery of Cambridge certifications by representatives of the International House British School in Reggio Calabria. The ceremony was held in the lobby of Vitrioli High School, presided over by Principal Dra. Maria Morabito, the director of the IH British School RC, Marco Goso, the director of business development support “Cambridge English Italia” at the panel of speakers, Simon Brown, and the two representatives of the project, Prof. Titti Canale and Prof. Antonella Palumbo.
Among the audience, in addition to the “certified” young people, also their relatives who attended the rich presentation, by the students, of written thoughts, anecdotes and dedications, mostly in English, intended to represent emotions and moments of the ‘experience gained. over the three years.
The project, which came to an end thanks to the great determination of all those involved – children, school teachers, management, expert mother tongue teachers, parents and all school staff – was completed. despite the great difficulties and uncertainties due to the pandemic, achieving the goals without giving up anything that was planned in 2019, evolving and improving according to the new pandemic scenarios.
After a brief summary of the course, with the “surprise” greeting of all the “international” expert trainers, addressing the audience, the director Maria Morabito, expressed her gratitude to the teachers and students “In these three years ago we learned that whenever there is an impediment, we should not be discouraged.Three years ago, when we started this journey together, your parents trusted our school … we had planned a completely new path and there is no we had experience in this sense, we said: we tried! We had goals … the stages were very accessible, but it happens that we have to reverse course, the pandemic gave us the first stop and it was not easy to continue … but the pandemic rediscovers us in our strengths.Having to speak of Ceremony, now, does not mean so much what this word evokes in its meaning of ritual, because today this term is used to give fair importance to the result achieved , thanks to your forum to the constancy of the teachers. , but also to support your parents in continuing our journey “
After the director’s speech, the director of the IH British School RC, Marco Goso, spoke, stressing that “As partners we have improved each other to carry out this innovative project. The results achieved are exceptional and both we and the School have improved synergistically.”
At the end of his speech, Marco Gaso presented the DS with a plaque as a symbol of the great educational affinity between the two institutions.
After the interventions of the very young students, the two referents took part, the professor Antonella Palumbo declared “I am glad to have reached this result. It was an experience that has enriched me a lot. We have all, together with you, given the best of us “; while Prof. Titti Canale, thanking especially the students and their achievements, added:” What is more interesting, for a language teacher who interacts every day with mother tongue teachers from different cities and countries … and with them they exchange teaching strategies and see their students develop language skills based on the knowledge learned from the curricular lessons! ”
Among the interventions were those of the parents, satisfied with the achievement of the goals that saw them fully involved. The interventions were concluded by the special guest Simon Brown who, entertaining the students, said “We are talking about a team of excellence …”, and comparing the experience gained during the project with that shared by the athletes of the world of sports, concludes “After three years, the best time is when you reap the benefits and you can appreciate all the work done.” The Ceremony continued with the delivery of the Cambridge Certifications to the students who have completed the three-year course, that is, to the students of the 3E specialist class, who after receiving the parchment, all together, have thrown the touch to the ‘air.
ENGLISH PLUS is an experimental and innovative project that began more than four years ago and has evolved and improved in progress. Developed with a long-term program, it involved both Primary Education (Specialty Sections B and D) and Baccalaureate (Specialized Section E) and, since last year, also the Nursery, ensuring continuity didactic to the students that leave the eighth of primary, with the future paths that offer the institutes.
Among the main objectives of the project, in addition to the development of the knowledge necessary to achieve certifications up to level B1, therefore above the generally required level, accredited by a prestigious and recognized institution such as Cambridge, also the specific use of language and the application of Anglo-Saxon methodology more focused on key competencies, such as: communication, self-confidence, problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork.
English Plus also ensured contact with an international context, given the participation of seven different mother tongue teachers during the three years of the cycle, who supported curricular teachers by creating a synergistic integration that allowed to optimize and develop methods and methods innovative. strategies at all levels.
This approach has made it possible to go beyond the training of learners, implementing and improving the teaching and planning skills of teachers and, more generally, of the whole school.
Over the three years, up to 230 students, belonging to the three school orders, took part, for a total of 1,300 hours of training, including the study of English, mathematics and music, until the achievement of the Certification. of Cambridge.