What is EIA? Let’s look at their homepage: http://www.englishinaction.com/about.html They say:
You know what it’s like. You want to do the best for your students.
But there are examination pressures, and a syllabus to get through – you want to make sure that you have covered the language and topics in enough depth (..) You know in your heart of hearts that what the learners really need is a chance to immerse themselves in an English speaking environment. You know that confidence and fluency only comes when you start to live and breathe a language.
So what are your options?
It’s getting almost impossible to organise a student exchange with a school in England. A study tour to the UK is a possibility – you take a small group of students every year, but it is expensive and difficult to organise (..)
Wouldn’t it be great if there was something easier, less stressful and less expensive?
Something that all of your students could join in with?
Back in the early 1990s, the Headmaster and the English department of one school in Austria asked themselves just these questions. Their solution? To organise an English project week in their own school. It would be a whole week of English with the teaching provided by a group of native-speaking teachers from the UK.
The result? Teachers and parents alike were amazed at how this one week of English transformed their students’ confidence and fluency. It had turned their students from learners into users of the language. The overwhelming success of this project started what has become English in Action.
Over 20 years later, English in Action continues to deliver top quality English language project weeks. With a team of over 20 full-time staff and up to 100 teachers in schools in any one week, English in Action has developed a reputation for quality and professionalism that is second to none. This is why it is the trusted, 1st choice partner for hundreds of schools across Europe and Asia.
So, that’s what I planned to do: organize a one- week taster course for selected classes. Thanks to generous funding by Fritz Neugebauer from ÖGB we could put this project into practice between 15 and 19 September 2014. The committed and charismatic Dale Ogilvy, who was in charge of the course, was highly responsible for making this experience such a success.
Let’s have a look at some photos and what the students have to say about this special week:
How are you? It’s been a while since I sent an email to you. I was really busy.
I can’t believe I’m saying this but I loved this Monday. The reason why is that we had 6 lessons with a new English teacher called Dale. He is awesome. He is 32 years old and he is 197 cm tall. He is a travelling teacher and he has already visited 50 countries. Isn’t that amazing?
We had a lot of fun together. We played some games, too. One of them was called “Somebody said that”. We made two groups. One group was called “Kuzey” and the other was called “Guney”. Each of us had to say a different word for e.g. a color or an animal and the person who said a word twice loses, and the other group gets a point. I was in the “Kuzey” group and we lost. But that’s ok. We still had a lot of fun.
We also made some interviews and we wrote down some interview tips. We formed small groups and discussed a lot of different topics such as “What do we think about social media? Is it a good way or a bad one to make new friends? etc
Another thing we did was conduct a debate on abortion. It was a long debate and everybody in our class said their opinion.
But the most important part is yet to come: we took part in a Hollywood role play.
We had to organize a small party where every star of Hollywood was invited. Suddenly at nightfall, Brad was killed. We had to find out who had done that and why. I was Max Factory, a make-up artist. I was a very gossipy character and I knew everybody at that party. I was drunk all the time and I never stopped talking. In the end Brad was found out to have been killed by his ex- girlfriend, Lis, because she was jealous of him and his new girlfriend.
In the afternoon we invited Dale to go out with us. We drank juice and we talked about his life. He is so polite and gentle too. He told us a lot of interesting things.
That was an entertaining Monday.
How about you? Tell me what you have been doing all this time.
I can’t wait to read your email.
Hello Ms Melcher,
I am sending this e-mail to update you on our lessons with Mr. Dale Ogilvy. After you left the classroom we started talking and got to know each other better. He was very friendly throughout our conversation. I knew that this was the first time this project- English in Action-was happening in Albania, and I felt very lucky to be part of it. However, I was curious how my class and the teacher were going to handle 6 continuous hours of the same subject.
The thing I liked the most was that this wasn’t a regular English lesson- we were divided in teams and we got really competitive. I really enjoyed every part of it, especially the debate, the “Hollywood party” and a version of a taboo game. With no books and no grammar rules, just with 22 students and 6 lessons, Dale was able to teach us while having a great time- that is not easy to accomplish. I really want to thank you for this wonderful opportunity and a very special experience.
English in Action
For the first time in Albania, our English teacher organized a full immersion taster course at our school. Our class took part in it for one day, too. We had 6 lessons of English in a row, but this time outside the syllabus, like in real life. On that day we had the opportunity of getting to know Mr. Dale Ogilvy, our teacher-trainer better.
We talked in small groups about different topics like the greatest person that ever lived on Earth, the pros and cons of Facebook and so on. After that we organized a discussion about the topic “smoking and drinking”. The teacher also had us take part in a role play which ended up being really successful and in the end we also played some word games between two different teams.
This day was a new experience for us and in my opinion it was a great way to practice our English.
Last year I tried to organize some work placements and internship in Austria so that our students could use their language skills, which they acquire at school, in a full immersion programme and also get to know the culture of the country whose school they attend.
After a lot of research and email exchange and with the help of the former teacher Margit Herta, we were finally able to find families for 7 students in our school. 2 of them attended classes at the HTL in Villach for 2 weeks and were well taken care of by a lovely host family and the committed teacher Ewald Langer. 5 students of 3rd grade could work as nannies in Tirol (due to the help of Viktoria Mair), Styria and Carinthia. I would also like to thank my colleagues at school, who helped pay the travel expenses. There are some comments and photos of the participants to show the result of that activity.
I had the opportunity to do my internship at the HTL Villach in Austria. I stayed there for two weeks with my friend Injacio. Beside the internship the best part was spending time with our host-family. Every afternoon after school we went to another attractive place either with our teacher, Mr Langer or with our family. They were all so nice and generous and I don’t think there could be any better hosts than the Kenders or Mr Langer. The Albanians are famous for their hospitality but I was impressed by their hospitality, too, I felt like in my home with them.
Working Holidays in Tirol
Spending 5 weeks with different people in a different country will not make you feel homesick when you can live with such a great, friendly family like the one I had. For me it was an honour to meet those people and spend some time with them in Austria.
Lisi was the woman who I helped with the housework. She is very nice and funny. With her I really felt as if I had known her for years and as if she were my family. We cooked together, talked about our different culture and also told each other funny jokes. She also tried to teach me the difficult Tirol dialect, with doesn’t sound like German at all ;-). I also had the pleasure to meet her children and her little nephews, who are now my friends and with whom I am still in contact. During those weeks I also visited the sights of Innsbruck and Kristallwelten in Wattens and we did a lot of activities together.
This was one of the best experiences of my life. I really enjoyed it and I would like to thank my English teacher, Ms Melcher, who gave me that opportunity and many teachers of our school who helped with the travel expenses.
Five weeks in Austria like five days
Our English teacher told us to write a short report about our experience in Austria. But how can it be short when I have to write about one of the most beautiful and interesting experience of my life?
The idea of living with people you don’t know makes you nervous and at the same time you don’t know how to behave. But I was really lucky. I met very nice and friendly people. For five weeks I felt part of their family. They gave me really happy moments and I can’t remember any moment when I felt homesick.
What I enjoyed most was the time I spent with Florentina, the family’s daughter. She’s a smart, happy and active child. I’m looking at the photos that we have taken together and I smile because she made my days there really special and happy.
With Werner and Christa I remember the long hours we spent talking about life and culture in Albania. They were very interested in discovering more about tourism in our country. Now they are planning summer holidays here, because what they miss in Austria is the sea.
Roman und Brigitte are Florentina’s parents. They entrusted me with their only child, although they didn’t know me before and this makes me very proud.
Kasha and Mazhena are the two women from Poland, who work for the Zöhrer-Sauer family. And I say honestly that I found two good friends in them. We spent a lot of hours together eating chocolates, drinking coffee and talking in three different languages. They taught me some words in Polish, which I still remember.
During the time I was in Austria I visited the most special places and had the opportunity of getting to know one of the most important cities in Austria, Graz. I have to thank the Zöhrer-Sauer family a lot because every weekend they organized something special to make my days there unforgettable.
We exchanged our phone numbers and we are still in contact with each other. I text more with Werner. We inform each other about our daily activities. It is really nice to know that they have got a good opinion of me.
For the best experience of my life I thank with all my heart my English teacher, Ms Melcher, who found the right family for me. I had five happy weeks in Austria because she organized everything. She also phoned me many times to talk with me and this made me feel her support.
Schon seit dem Schuljahr 2010/2011 unterstützt die Dr. Heinz und Anita Lütke-Stiftung Schülerinnen und Schüler aus sozial benachteiligten Familien an der Österreichischen Schule in Shkodra mit Stipendien. Allein im Schuljahr 2013/14 waren dies 14 Stipendien. Es ist eine große Freude, dass der Vorsitzende des Stiftungsvorstandes, Herr Franz-Dieter Plautz, und der Geschäftsführer der Stiftung, Herr Dr. Karl-Heinz Wionzek, nach 3 Jahren wieder Albanien besuchen konnten. Im Rahmen des Aufenthaltes in Shkodra statteten die beiden am 19. September 2014 auch der Österreichischen Schule einen Besuch ab. In diesem Rahmen bestand für die StipendiatInnen und die Vertreter der Lütke-Stiftung die Möglichkeit zum näheren Kennenlernen, und für die Schülerinnen und Schüler bestand die Gelegenheit, noch mehr Details über das Leben und Wirken von Dr. Heinz Lütke zu erfahren.
Drei Schülerinnen der Klasse 3AS4, Endrin Hoti, Liana Shpani und Dea Smakaj, präsentierten die Schule. Anschließend erzählten die beiden Stiftungsvertreter, Herr Plautz und Herr Dr. Wionzek, über die Stiftung und ihre Tätigkeit und überreichten den Stipendiatinnen und Stipendiaten ein Geschenk.
Bei einem anschließenden Buffet konnte ein weiterer Meinungsaustausch stattfinden. Besuche von Klassen und ein Gespräch in der Direktion bildeten weitere Programmpunkte.Die Dr. Heinz und Anita Lütke-Stiftung mit Sitz in Hemer wurde 1989 errichtet. Sie trägt die Namen des Stifters Dr. Heinz Lütke (1914-2010) und seiner Ehefrau Anita (1923-1986). Dr. Heinz Lütke hatte viele Jahre als Allgemeinarzt in Hemer praktiziert und noch zu Lebzeiten gründete er die Stiftung, in die er große Teile seines Vermögens mit dem Ziel einbrachte, ökonomisch benachteiligte Kinder und Jugendliche in ihrer schulischen und beruflichen Ausbildung zu unterstützen. „In Fide Juventutis – Im Vertrauen auf die Jugend” ist das Leitmotiv der Stiftung. Mehr unter www.luetke-stiftung.de Im Namen der Schule, der Österreichischen Schulstiftung und vor allem der Stipendiatinnen und Stipendiaten bedanke ich mich für die äußerst wertvolle Unterstützung.
20.9.2014, Gerlinde Tagini
Am 8. und 9. September fand gleich zu Beginn des neuen Schuljahres der PQM Evaluationsworkshop zur Schulentwicklung statt. Bereits im Juni im Zuge eines PQM Treffens der gesamten Belegschaft wurde eine Standortbestimmung der einzelnen Arbeitsbereiche unternommen. Ziel dieses Evaluationsworkshops war es, die für dieses Schuljahr 14/15 definierte interne Evaluation Konzepte zu erarbeiten. Jeder Arbeitsbereich hat im Laufe des Seminars geeignete Evaluationsinstrumente festgelegt und mit der exemplarischen Erarbeitung einer Methode begonnen. Auch wurden die in Form der PQM Vereinbarung (SOLL-Stand) aus dem Jahr 2012 festgelegten Ziele, Maßnahmen und Indikatoren mit dem aktuellen IST-Stand innerhalb des Arbeitsbereichs verglichen und ein Zeitplan für noch offene Ziele festgeschrieben. Anfang März 2015 werden in einem weiteren PQM Workshop die Zwischenberichte der jeweiligen Arbeitsbereiche vorliegen und das bis dahin erhobene, ausgewertete und analysierte Datenmaterial im Kollegium präsentiert. An dieser Stelle ein herzliches Dankeschön an meinen Vorgänger, Manfred Tagini, für die über Jahre hinweg geleistete Arbeit als PQM Koordinator unserer Schule und die hervorragend vorbereitete Übergabe der Funktion an mich.
Workshop Moderator / SQPM
Im Rahmen einer kleinen Feier übergab Sektionschef Stelzmüller (BMBF) Manfred Tagini am 15. Juni 2014 die Ernennung zum Oberstudienrat – ein Titel, der als Auszeichnung für langjährige erfolgreiche Arbeit von der österreichischen Dienstbehörde verliehen wird. Wir gratulieren Manfred Tagini zu dieser Verleihung.