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OPENING UP THE CLASS TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD WITH ETWINNING

Linking computers onto a network and using Virtual Learning Environments enables teachers to open up their classes to other pupils, other cultures and to promote cross-discipline projects such as CLIL, Content and Language Integrated Learning.

The first step consists in finding partner teachers who are prepared to take part in a class project on an international scale. Having contacted Secondary Schools by email in 1998-1999, we used the partner finding forum of the European Schoolnet in the beginning of 2000. Since January 2005 a new opportunity has emerged with the ETWINNING School partnerships in Europe communication platform.

Through ETWINNING, spectacular results can be obtained since we have access to a database which numbers 22000 Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form Schools, with motivated teachers prepared to take the necessary measures to guide their pupils into class projects on an international scale.

Our WKTO virtual class project was born in September 1999. It links 30 schools together in 15 different countries. The project involves studying class material through the medium of a foreign language : English, German, Spanish and French. The topics covered so far have ranged from economics to sustainable development and the arts.

ETWINNING is a fabulous opening for finding correspondents in the most efficient and effective way. The time of inter-school connections and virtual classes has come, ETWINNING is no longer merely an opportunity, but a priority.

May we invite you to visit the working site of our WKTO project on
http://www.ac-grenoble.fr/wkto/as/activity.htm
and wish you all a very Happy New Year 2007.

Asuncion, Kathryn, Jean-Claude, Bernard.
LYCEE L'OISELET, BOURGOIN JALLIEU, FRANCE.
Contact: http://www.ac-grenoble.fr/wkto