Kedainiai Language School, Lithuania

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Institution/Organisation: Kedainiai Language School (LT)

1. DESCRIPTION OF THE SUCCESS CASE

1.1    Scope of the initiative

1.2    Range of languages studied

1.3    Learning outcomes

1.4 Practical realisation

 

2. BACKGROUND TO THE INITIATIVE

2.1 Context

2.2 Strategic goals of the initiative

 

3. SUCCESS INDICATORS

 

4. SUCCESS FACTORS

5. LESSONS TO BE LEARNED


Learning languages in contexts other than ordinary schools and using unusual approaches is quite challenging. This is the case with our initiative. Teenagers come here in the middle of their 8th school year and take a test. Yearly analysis of test results shows that the average of pupils’ knowledge has a downward tendency, even though most of them started learning English as early as in their 2nd school year. The four years at our Language School make them more self-confident, which contributes to their performance at the national examination in English. The results of this examination are much better than average.

Our initiative also involves other foreign languages such as French, German, and Russian. Even though teaching languages is strongly supported by the state in Lithuania, most schools are unable to provide efficient teaching of  L2 as university graduates are not eager to work at schools.

It’s a shame that for 18 years already we are the only school of this type in Lithuania, other F2 courses being organized on temporary commercial grounds only.