Language Learning in Secondary School Poland

Author(s): European Schoolnet
Institution/Organisation: Zespol Szkol Gimnazjum i Szkola Podstawowa nr 13 (PL)

1 Profile of school

1.1 Main characteristics

Szkola Podstawowa nr 13 is a mixed state school with 381 pupils. It has two levels, an elementary school level and a lower secondary level. The language of tuition is Polish, which is the language spoken at home by the pupils.

1.2 Language teaching in the schools

For the purposes of this case study, we will be referring to the language teaching in the Lower Secondary level of the school. Two foreign languages are taught in the school, English and German. English is a compulsory subject for all pupils. At the time of the first eTwinning project for this school in 2005, ‘eTwinning as a factor in integrating young Europeans’ there were no external examinations in English. There were only internal exams. The exams have been introduced this year. English is taught to intermediate level.

Learning German is not obligatory in the school. However, all of pupils of the Lower Secondary School learn it as the second foreign language. There are no internal or external exams in German.

There are no language assistants in the school, but there is extensive use of ICT during the implementation of international projects including the internet, video conferencing, video story telling etc.

The pupils in the school have taken part in several pupil exchange programmes. For example in May 2006, there was an exchange of pupils with UK school Rutlish Merton School, London within Pupilpower Plus Project. The school won second prize in a competition related to this project, funded by the British Council. During their stay in the UK, they visited their eTwinning partner school – The Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe. The visit was organised through the motivation and commitment of teachers of the partner schools involved in the eTwinning project.

In the school year 2006/2007 the school was involved in a Socrates -Comenius Language Project 'Culture as a way to get to know and understand each other' which involved an exchange of pupils and teachers with French school College Pays des Abers (23 pupils and 3 teachers took part in the exchange).

From 2008-2010 another Socrates Comenius Bilateral Project 'Taste for travel' has started. This also will involve an exchange of 22 pupils and four teachers with Spanish school IES Fonts del Glorieta.

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