UNIQUE EDUCATIONAL PROJECT

29 Nov

POOLS - 3

The multilingual magazine PELICAN is a unique educational project of PELIKAN School of Languages.

The magazine is the result of the students’ work. Each class writes an article on a selected topic in Czech and a foreign language, so all articles in the magazine are bilingual. Besides students’ articles, contributions from European experts on education and teachers are published too.

The magazine is designed to be used as a tool of language learning and contains articles in English, German, Spanish, French and Russian.

3,000 copies of the magazine are distributed free to local schools, universities, public places and our partners’ institutions across Europe. It is also available online on pelicanmag.wordpress.com.

The video was made in order to promote the magazine and to show the process of creating the magazine.

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Kick-off meeting Pools-3 Brussels

14 Nov

POOLS-3 kick-off meeting in Brussels, Belgium.

POOLS - 3

Are you a language teacher interested in using the modern technology as a tool of language learning? Does lack of support and knowledge prevent you from meaningful use of ICT in class? Do you know what CLIL and CALL stand for? Are you familiar with „Task-based learning“?

Nowadays, there is a large number of teachers who want to use innovative methods. However, they lack information and effective tools which would help them to implement ICT and the digital video. The POOLS project addressed these needs by creating materials and tools for Computer Assisted Language Learning method.

POOLS-3 is a Transfer of innovation project based on the original POOLS project funded with support from the European Commission. It will adapt and translate the POOLS guides and manuals, produce digital video material for use of ICT in language learning in three new languages. It will also run teacher training courses on innovative…

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A kolika jazyky mluví vaše dítě? / And how many languages does your child speak?

15 May

Multilingual Families Project..

PELICAN MULTILINGUAL MAGAZINE

A kolika jazyky mluví vaše dítě?

Stále častějším jevem ve společnosti se stává rodina, ve které se mluví více než jedním jazykem. Jak se vyvíjí dítě v rodině, kde mezi sebou matka Češka a otec Francouz komunikují anglicky? Vzniká dítěti v hlavě více jazyčný guláš, nebo si dokáže slovíčka, výrazy a fráze ve své malé hlavičce dokonale uspořádat?  A jak dosáhnout toho, aby z našeho dítěte, které vychováváme v několika jazycích, vyrostl malý jazykový génius?

Na tyto otázky se snaží hledat odpovědi nově vzniklý evropský projekt Multilingual families. Evropští odborníci na jazykové vzdělávání v současné době pracují na vývoji materiálů, které by měli poskytnout rodičům odpovědi na nejčastější otázky související s vícejazyčnou výchovou dětí.

K rodičům by se měli tak v brzké době informace směřující k motivování dětí k používání rodinného jazyka a to v podobě on-line průvodce.

Pokud Vás zajímají novinky týkající se projektu Multilingual families sledujte facebookové stránky projektu a náš blog. Veškeré…

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What is Web2Learn?

18 Nov

A lot of Europeans are going through a rough patch these days and the improvement of the situation seems to be far away. High unemployment stemming from the economic crisis is the cause of increasing feeling of frustration in the society. This is particularly true in the case of families with children. Every parent’s sole concern is to ensure the best conceivable conditions for upbringing and development of their children. Parent’s main aim should be to make sure that their children grow into educated and successful people as well as work on their personal and professional development.

The current situation in Europe makes a lot of demands on everyone. Nobody should content themselves with „having at least a kind of a job“ or „not being unemployed“. People should continually try their best to develop their skills and knowledge. In fact it’s the economic crisis that should motivate everybody to learn.

High unemployment which affects mainly families with children justifies the existence of the Web2Learn project. It is coordinated by the PAEPSM organization from Athens, Greece. Other organizations that are involved in the project come from Turkey, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

The partners of the project aim to fill adults in on the ways of using Web 2.0 on-line tools for personal and professional development purposes and to create better learning experiences for children. It is also expected that the project will raise awareness on the benefits implied from using Web 2.0 tools. The outcome of this ambitious project will be a multilingual e-learning environment specifically aimed at parents. This learning community will enable parents across Europe, especially unemployed ones, to exchange ideas and experiences.

The partners of the project first got together in Athens in October. Excellent organization and creative atmosphere best describe the work of the project team. The partners finalized the details in terms of the form of the project logo and the communication platform. The main point of the agenda was discussion about the Web 2.0 tools which are the backbone of the project. The next meeting will be held in in Italy in February 2013. The partners will prepare a collection of tools, the best of which will be included in the practical guide to the project.

See you in Italy!

Should you be interested in the project and would like to learn more about it, follow us on the website, Facebook and Twitter.

The Czech Republic is represented in the project by the PELIKAN language school.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. Responsibility for the content of this publication (communication) reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission is not responsible for any use of the information contained therein.

A Sushimaster In The Flesh

26 Oct

How often do you have an opportunity to meet a real Japanese sushimaster and hear him answer your tiresome questions while he is intensely concentrated on creating a delicious meal? We did!

In order to gather information for an article in the forthcoming issue of the PELICANMAG we paid a visit to an excellent sushi and fish restaurant KOISHI in Brno. Upon arriving in the restaurant’s premises we were warmly welcomed by the owner of the restaurant Mrs Simona Elsnerova who informed us about its concept. Whichever dish on the menu you choose, fresh ingredients and top chefs are a guarantee of a unique experience. We were then introduced to the sushimaster, Mr Tadayoshi Ebina who very kindly answered all of the questions we had prepared. After we had finished the interview, we were served a delicious dish consisting of sushi and fresh fish.

We are very grateful to the management and staff of the restaturant, who were all very friendly, for the unforgettable experience we had. If you are interested in the interview, make sure you do not miss the next issue of the PELICANMAG which will be published in February.

Pelican Magazine – Being Clever Is Easy

6 May

Are you the sort of people who are convinced that using social networks is a waste of time? Do you honestly believe that playing computer games can only make people aggressive and inevitably results in deterioration of communication abilities? Do you really think that young people are unable to work together in order to express their opinions on matters they find interesting? If your answers are „yes“, then the recent issue of Pelican Magazine will certainly prove you wrong.

 

The outcome of the concerted effort of management, staff and students of Pelikán Language School provides an insight into new and innovative  forms of language teaching. It is an exciting journey to the world of up-to-date communication tools that are intended to help both teachers and students adopt a different approach to the process of teaching and learning foreign languages. It is very interesting to explore different ways of using the tools as a motivation factor and effective means of learning.

 

However, it would not be wise to assume that the magazine is focused only on the educational process. Above all, it is about people, people who contributed to it, and who injected a considerable effort and time into making it. The reader has a unique opportunity to get to know them through a number of articles on different topics such as music, summer festivals and on-line learning.

 

To conclude, if you thought that the task of learning a language must necessarily be carried out within the traditional classroom framework, read the magazine and get inspired. It is definitely worth it.