The Diego Vitrioli – Principality of the Piedmont Comprehensive Institute concludes the experimental three-year period of the English Plus course, with the delivery of the Cambridge Certifications by the representatives of the International House British School of Reggio Calabria. The ceremony, hosted in the lobby of Vitrioli Middle School, chaired by Dr Maria Morabito, Director of the IH British School RC, Marco Goso, the Business Development Support Manager “Cambridge English Italia” at the table of the Speakers seen, Simon Brown, and the two project representatives, prof. Titti Canale a Prof. Antonella Palumbo.
In the audience, in addition to the “certified” young people, also their family members, who participated in the rich presentation of the students, of written thoughts, anecdotes and engagements, mostly in English, to represent emotions and moments of the accumulated experience. over the three years. The project, which came to its conclusion due to the great determination of all involved – children, teachers, management, expert native speakers, parents and all school staff – despite the great difficulties and uncertainties due to the pandemic, manages to achieve the goals z ‘achieve without any of what was planned in 2019, to evolve and improve according to the new pandemic scenarios.
After a short film summary of the course, with the “surprise” greeting of all “international” expert trainers, to the audience, director Maria Morabito expressed her satisfaction towards the teachers and students “In these three years we learned that every time there is an obstacle, we must not lose heart. Experience in that sense. We said to ourselves: Let’s give it a try! We had goals … the stages were very achievable but it happened that you turned the course, the pandemic made us the first stop and it was not just keep going … but the pandemic rediscovers us in our power.After you wanted to talk about ceremony, now does not mean much what this word reminds us of in its meaning of ritual, because today this term is used for the right Importance for to give the result, thanks to your strength and consistency of the teachers, but also to support your parents to continue our journey “
After the intervention of the Director, the Director of the IH British School RC, Marco Goso, intervened, emphasizing “From my point of view, we can speak of partnership when results are achieved that cannot be achieved alone, as partners they have improved to implement. “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 a plaque to the DS as a symbol of the great educational affinity between the two institutions. After the interventions of the very young students, the two speakers intervened, Professor Antonella Palumbo explained: “I am happy to have achieved this result. It was an experience that enriched me a lot. We all shared with you the best of give us “; while Prof. Titti Canale, in particular, thanked the students for their achievements, adding: “What’s more interesting is for a language teacher who interacts every day with native speakers from different cities and countries … and exchanges and sees learning strategies with them. Students develop language skills from the knowledge learned from the learning courses! ”.
Among the interventions there were those of the parents, satisfied by the achievement of the goals they saw fully involved. The speeches were concluded by Special Guest Simon Brown, who enthused the students, saying: “We are talking about a team of excellence …”, and compares the experience gained during the project with that of athletes in the world of sports is shared, concludes. “After three years, the best time is when you reap the benefits and you can appreciate all the work.” The ceremony continued with the delivery of the Cambridge certificates to the students who completed the three-year course, that is to say to the students of the specialist class 3E, who, after receiving the parchment, all together touch launched in the air.
ENGLISH PLUS is an experimental and innovative project that started more than four years ago and which has evolved and improved in progress. Developed a long-term programming, it has involved both the primary school (Specialized sections B and D) and the secondary (Specialized section E) and since last year also the playschool, to ensure didactic continuity for the students from the eighth grade, with the future paths that high schools offer. Among the main objectives of the project, in addition to the development of knowledge necessary to achieve certifications up to level B1, ie above the generally required level, confirmed by a prestigious and recognized institution such as Cambridge, also the concrete use of the language and the Application of the Anglo-Saxon methodology is more focused on key competencies, such as: communication, self-confidence, problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork.
English Plus has also ensured contact with an international context, through the participation of seven different native speakers during the three years of the cycle, who have supported the teaching staff by creating a synergistic integration that has enabled, methods and innovations to optimize and develop. Strategies at all levels. This approach has made it possible to go beyond the education of the students, to implement and improve the learning and planning skills of the teachers and more generally of the whole school. Over the three years, as many as 230 students belonging to the three school orders were involved, for a total of 1,300 hours of training, including the study of English, mathematics and music, until the Cambridge certification was achieved.