The SMiLE Programme for the smilets working together

The Students Mobility & Learning English (2008-14)

SMiLE is a joint coordination programme between the Department of English & German Studies (URV) and the Secondary Schools (INS) in Tarragona. It began in the academic year 2009-2010 as a pilot scheme and was coordinated by:

  • Elisabeth Russell: Department of English & German Studies, URV
  • Mònica Escarcelle: Junior High School representative, Tarragona Education Department
  • Susana de Llobet: International Centre, URV

The SMiLE programme was especially designed for incoming Erasmus students to the Department of English & German Studies in the URV. Its aim was twofold: to promote English, French and German in the secondary schools and to offer work placement exercises for incoming Erasmus students. The students who join the programme work as language assistants and obtain 6 ECTS credits after completing 40 hours of work placement.

  • INS Martí i Franquès
  • INS Tarragona
  • INS Pons d'Icart
  • INS Comte de Rius
  • INS Vidal i Barraquer
URV

The SMiLE Programme: year 2014-15

Ajut Pont

Consell Social URV - ICE

The SMiLE Plus Programme

URV , INS Pons d'Icart, ESC Pau Delclòs, ESC Miracle i ESC Saavedra

Idea

Bridge

Axis

  • Foreign languages
  • Project
  • New Tech
  • Motivation
  • ...

Academic year 2015-16

The SMiLE PLUS Expands

Expansion
  • Centers
  • SMiLEts
  • SMiLE traineeship
  • Tarragona: 6 Secondary schools & 7 Primary schools
  • Reus: 3 Secondary schools & 3 Primary schools

Foreign universities

  • 1. Bath Spa University (UK)
  • 2. York St John University (UK)
  • 3. Leeds Metropolitan University (UK)
  • 4. Universität Chemnitz (UK)
  • 5. University of Silesia (Poland)
  • 6. Wyzsza Szkola Lingwistyczna (Poland)
  • 7. University of Sunderland (UK)
  • 8. University of Cyprus
  • 9. University of Thessaloniki (Greece)
  • 10. University of Mariboru (Slovene)

Secondary Schools

  • 2008-9: INS Martí i Franquès (Tarragona)
  • 2010-11: INS Tarragona (Tarragona)
  • 2011-12: INS Pons d’Icart (Tarragona)
  • 2013-14: INS Comte de Rius (Tarragona)
  • 2014-15: INS Vidal i Barraquer (Tarragona)
  • 2015-16: INS Roseta Mauri (Reus)
  • 2015-16: INS Gaudí (Reus)
  • 2015-16: INS Gabriel Ferrater (Reus)
  • 2015-16 INS Sant Pere i Sant Pau (Tarragona)

Primary Schools (2015-16)

  • ESC Pau Delclòs (Tarragona)
  • ESC Saavedra (Tarragona)
  • ESC Miracle (Tarragona)
  • ESC PAX (Tarragona)
  • ESC Pràctiques (Tarragona)
  • ESC Tarragona (Tarragona)
  • ESC Cèsar August (Tarragona)
  • ESC Rubió i Ors (Reus)
  • ESC Joan Rebull (Reus)
  • ESC Serrallo (Tarragona)
21 SMiLEts
1 SMiLE Traineeship 

Working group & Collaborative mini-projects & Joined visits

The SMiLE plus Programme 

WHAT

Oral skills

Objectives

  • To develop students’ oral skills through motivating students to speak in English
  • To strengthen both written comprehension and expression in the foreign language within the Catalan educational system
  • To promote cultural understanding, to open minds to alternative knowledges and to appreciate other languages and cultures
  • To motivate students through new classroom dynamics
  • To promote cooperation between the schools and the University
  • To offer SMiLE participants a Work Placement as a Language Assistant in a public school: ideal for candidates aspiring to acquire elementary teaching or language teaching experience and skills
  • To offer ECTS (European Credits) which will be validated by home universities
  • To have the opportunity to experience a Catalan educational environment and Catalan culture

HOW

  • Student Ages: primary 4 to12 and secondary 12 to 18 years old
  • Groups: 15-30 students
  • “CLHM” students: “CrazyLazyHyperactiveMediterranean” students
  • Schedule: 5 hours per week up to a total of 40h, combined with URV class schedule
  • Languages: English, German, French, Italian...
  • Subjects: Foreign Languages, Natural and Social Sciences and possibly others

WHO

Role?

Status: You Are a Language Assistant-Teacher!

  • You will be expected to motivate pupils to speak in the foreign language
  • You should ask the tutor teacher what has to be prepared for the following session:
  1. Subject
  2. Kind of activity: text, PowerPoint, sketch, song...
  3. Material : worksheets, book, computer, projector...
  4. Tempo: time coordination with tutor
  5. Group level
SO… SET THE BALL ROLLING!
take initiative, be flexible, be motivated...your students will love you!

First contact

  • General introduction: exchange of e-mail and phone numbers. Set up an appointment

First appointment

  • School: building, facilities, classrooms, seminars, library, computer room...
  • Your SMiLE schedule: teachers, classrooms, groups, time
  • Your attendance sheet: to be signed after your class each day

First session

  • Sit down in the classroom and observe

Second session

  • Show a PowerPoint about yourself & your country

All further sessions

  • Make sure you know what has to be prepared in advance: ask your SMiLE tutor:
  1. Subject
  2. Type of activity: text, PowerPoint, sketch, song…
  3. Material : worksheets, book, computer, projector....
  4. Tempo: time coordination with tutor
  5. Group level

BE CREATIVE!

TIPs

TIPS FOR THE ASSISTANT

  • SMiLE Assistants should be responsible, dynamic and creative (with a great sense of humour as the French would say...)
  • Be punctual: you are expected to be punctual and attend classes regularly. Please notify your SMiLE tutor if you are ill and cannot attend class
  • Be flexible: you’ll be working in a non-formal classroom setting
  • Try to join in in school activities such as field trips, conferences, museum visits, workshops, etc

TIPS FOR TUTORS

  • The SMiLE tutor should always try to be present in the classroom with the SMiLE assistant
  • Tutors will offer worksheets, tests, handouts and other relevant material for the classroom activities or alternatively ask the SMiLE assistant to prepare them
  • The SMiLE tutor will provide the material and facilities required, if available

COMMUNICATION is a MUST!

AT THE END OF YOUR SMiLE SEMESTER, YOU HAVE TO HAND IN:

  • Attendance worksheet: 40 signatures, to be rendered to your SMiLE school coordinator
  • Activity Report: to be rendered to your SMiLE school coordinator
  • 10/A+: a 2-4min video of the classrom activity

BEFORE YOU LEAVE TARRAGONA, YOU’LL RECEIVE:

  • An official certificate from your SMiLE school
  • GRADE: your grade will be on a Student Checklist from your SMiLE school
Created By
Mònica ESCARCELLE
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