Irena Głowińska from Tadeusz Kościuszko Primary School, Gębice (Poland) and Fina Vendrell Vila from Col-legi Sant Josep, Navas (Catalonia) came together to create a stunning eTwinning project called ‘Golden Rules of Good Behaviour’ which won the special category prize for English Language Learning at the 2014 eTwinning Award Ceremony in Brussels, where the two project partners met for the first time – to receive their award. They tell the story of their project below.
"The increase of negative behaviour is a common problem in the world nowadays. The main concept of our interdisciplinary project was the promotion of positive behaviour models, teaching tolerance and respect towards other people. Pupils practised language skills and developed their competence in ICT by sharing views and experiences. According to the plan, partners exchanged and created common materials in defined areas: eg. in ‘Magic words’ they promoted positive behaviour in everyday life, in ‘Among friends’ they built up a true friendship, in ‘In the class’ they analysed different kinds of behaviour in school situations, in ‘Acts of kindness’ they encouraged pupils to do good deeds and in ‘Beyond the borders’ they presented problems of negative behaviour on the global plain. The summing up of this project was creating a ‘Gold rules of good behaviour e-guide’ – a kind of e-book in which partners collected all the rules which were based on the materials developed at the end of each chapter. Pupils presented their feelings and other people’s opinions by making the evaluation of the project.
The subject and the aim of the project were closely connected with a school curriculum and a school education programme. The pupils improved their level of English thanks to the project - mainly the communication skills. During ICT lessons children learnt how to use new online tools.
Pupils cooperated and shared experiences very willingly. The exchange of views in a foreign language by using chat, email or Skype was a new experience for some of them. The video conferences are an example of direct communication between children. Pupils presented materials, solved quizzes, wrote comments – a lot of examples of common work were created by both schools eg. story writing, films presenting the negative behaviour in the class, questionnaire for parents, etc.
The project is an example of innovative way of English Language Teaching. It motivated pupils and increased interest in foreign language learning. Pupils and teachers developed ICT skills and improved their understanding of English l. The project taught tolerance and developed creative thinking."
National Quality Labels (Spain)
National Quality Label (Poland)
European Quality Label
1st place in National eTwinning Competition 2013 in Spain
3rd place in National eTwinning Competition 2013 in Poland
The winner of the special category ‘English as a second language’ in European eTwinning Competition 2014