A bilingual literacy experience at tertiary education

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You can know read an article about a literacy project developed last yeat at the Escuela Universitaria Cardenal Cisneros.  The abstract is the following:

The following article is focused on the study of a literacy experience I developed in a teacher training college in Spain (Escuela Universitaria Cardenal Cisneros). A group of students taking an optional subject on English language and literature took part on three activities which aimed at promoting a more aesthetic reading (Rosenblatt, 2005), and increasing their awareness of the importance of enjoying reading and writing books. The activities were the creation of a Spell Book, a newsstand and a bookcrossing experience.

It is available here


Yes, we can teach! Our future bilingual teachers

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Foto: Iván Espínola (Diario de Alcalá)

Yes, we can teach

A local newspaper, Diario de Alcalá, was interested in our bilingual degrees, and this is the result of the interviews carried out with a group of students and with the coordinator of the project (it happens to be me… :)). We started small, and we are making the first steps towards implementing a full bilingual project at the Escuela, but the first outcomes are really interesting (have a look at our students’ opinions!). Let’s keep on working on helping these students become good bilingual teachers!

CLIL Pyramid by Oliver Meyer

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You can now download the article “Towards quality CLIL:  Succesful planning and teaching strategies” by prof. Oliver Meyer. Click here

Our research work on bilingual education (I)

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A group of teachers of the University of Alcalá (Madrid), coordinated by Prof. Ana Halbach (PhD), started to follow the implementation of a bilingual project in state-run schools in the Madrid Region. This happened in 2004. Along these 6 years we have been looking at this challenge from the perspective of teachers. What does it mean for a teacher to participate in a bilingual project? Which are their main needs? What are their expectations? How do they value this experience? Many are the questions that we wanted to answer, and we had the chance to share this time with them, and try to collaborate as much as possible to solve their problems and doubts.

The first study, centred on finding out teachers’ prior expectations and needs to the implementation of the project, is described and explained here.

Soon, more on our research work. Hope it is useful!

Bilingual Project – MEC/British Council Evaluation report

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After 14 years, the joint bilingual project between the Spanish Ministry of Education and the British Council has been subjected to external evaluation. Among the most salient conclusions, it has been noted that students, parents and staff are more motivated towards learning, and that students do not only benefit from a better competence in the English language but also an outstanding cognitive development.

It is really worth the reading: