Monday, 3 December 2018

Three, two, one...action!

As part of our last mobility programme in Estonia, all the teachers participated in a project recording at the old quarters of the national TV in Estonia. We recorded some news to spread our project objectives, aims and results as well as showing our enthusiasm in visiting these days this the great country. Watch it out:

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Post-Estonia dissemination actions

   Back to La Llagosta, we've been spreading all the activities that we implemented in our last C3 mobility in Paikuse Pohikool in Pärnu (Estonia). We also explained our scholar community how is the project going, all the actions implemented during the 1st year by teachers and students, previous mobilities and future ones. In order to do this, we make use of our project's blog, INS Marina website and other school social networks such as facebook, instagram or twitter, project's instagram @ gofor_spain, and its facebook profile, INS Marina magazine, La Llagosta 08120 local press, as well as teachers' meeting where the coordinators and the mobility participants have explained these items in more detail.

   In our lessons, students can also check how the mobility was and all the activities and projects we will implement during the 2nd year. 

Monday, 8 October 2018

GoFor... Estonia!

 From 24th to 28th September, five teachers from Institut Marina attended the 4th teachers' training mobility under the Erasmus + programme GoFor at Paikuse Pohikool in Parnü (Estonia). 

   We spent a week working collaboratively to review project objectives,  continuous assessment actions (partnership swot analysis), collecting best activities to deal with writing strategies in our lessons and getting conclusions, reviewing Twinspace second-year tasks for our students to implement, as well as agreeing on 2nd-year mobilities. 

   Apart from all these issues, it was a wonderful week where we also had the chance to meet first-hand Estonian culture and people living in Parnü. Indeed, this will be the location of our next students' exchange mobility last week of March. 

Etwinning Label

   Our project, Go For Literacy to Enlighten your Future, has been awarded with an Etwinning label for its collaborative students' work.
   During one year, our students have been implementing reading circles based on different English novels. Moreover, our work has also been focused on Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein to celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2018. This innovative methodology has helped out students to become a bit more interested in reading and their reading and speaking skills have considerably improved. During our second year project, we'll continue working on Twinspace to write a collaborative story in groups. 

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Module: The Guide of Teaching Abilities: Listening & Speaking skills

   We've been working hard this first year of Gofor project and as a result of our sharing of good practices and continuous debate and assessment; our French partner was the responsible for coordinating the second module which deals with listening and speaking skills.

Module : The Guide of Teaching Abilities: Reading Skills

We've been working hard this first year of Gofor project and as a result of our sharing of good practices and continuous debate and assessment; our German partner was the responsible for coordinating the first module which deals with reading strategies.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Erasmus Day 2018

    On 6th June we celebrated our Erasmus day at Institut Marina where authorities from townhall, students, teachers and parents were welcomed. We organised different project intineraries where our project students explained and showed pictures and video from the different mobilities, school activities and other actions implemented in the 3 different Erasmus + projects that we have; Smile, LTSDU and Gofor.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Follow-up work

   It's nice to see how partners get so much involved in our project. Meeting on Skype helps us to make progress in our project aims, get better results and a bigger impact on the actions we implement.
   Thanks a lot dear partners!

C2 Gofor Mobility France

   During one week, from the 28th May to 3rd June, we spent some days together in the first pupils' Gofor mobility in Collège Saint Anné ( Bordeaux).
   We met in order to develop our teachers’ oral skills manual to improve our teaching practice. Our students took part in different activities and workshops to improve their listening and speaking in both English and French languages. For example, they developed a story, created dialogues, perfomed a play, and even interviewed other school members, among others tasks.
   Moreover, the French Gofor project fair took place during one day in the mobility. We met at school to do a book crossing, as well as sharing with others our love for reading. Students also watched a traditional shadow play puppets show made by pur Turkish partners calld Karagöz.
   Regarding culture, we had the chance to participate in a photo rally activity in Bordeaux city centre as well as visiting le Dune de Pilat as the biggest dune in Europe, it was such a fun!
   Here you can check the project pictures as well as all of our students productions on our youtube channel.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Getting ready to our Erasmus Day 2018

   As a dissemination action, our Erasmus students, teachers and members of the management team are involved in the organisation of our Erasmus day which will take place 6th June 2018. We'll show La Llagosta inhabitants the way we've been working, the outcomes from the two projects that are about to finish as well as the actual actions implemented in our Erasmus + project GoFor during its first year. Parents, students, families, teachers and authorities will stroll following an itinerary where our Erasmus students will explain their experiences during mobilities, the project outcomes, connections to Skype with other countries' partners as well as a permanent Erasmus corner where they can get a photocall picture as a memory of the event.

New Decorations

   After holding our project fair at INS Marina, we decided to keep our students’ panels on display in our school’s hall to everybody can really see how our students deal with literature and language.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018


   Today 9th May we're celebrating #eTwinningDay 2018 by means of creating a QR Codes gymkhana in the class so they could get to know great works that belong to our national cultural heritage and celebrate in this way the 2018 European Year Cultural Heritage.


Thursday, 3 May 2018

The Horror Show Play

   Today all of our 1st ESO students have attended a play in English to deal with Gothic novels and great figures such as Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Bram Stoker. In this way, we help our students to improve their listening skills while getting to know other novels and key authors who belong to the English literary tradition.

Monday, 30 April 2018

International Book Day, St.Jordi’s Day, GoFor Book Fair, Books and Roses¡

   On 23rd April we celebrate St.Jordi’s day in Catalonia, where books are roses are the protagonists. It’s a special day at school, and as it is also the International Book Day, we agreed on setting our GoFor Project Book Fair for this day. Among others, our students have been working hard for the last weeks to show their outcomes in the fair.

  •    1r ESO students (12 years) did a whole class final novel project, an awesome Frankenstein’s Comic Book as a post-reading task. They’ve been working in groups, they took decisions on what to include and exclude, they took the pictures themselves, and they edited them online using Lunapic website. Since we’ve dealt with Frankenstein to celebrate the monster’s 200th birthday, we wanted everybody at school to know about this great masterpiece by Mary Shelley. By means of creating a comic book out of the novel, everybody at school had the chance to read the story.
  •    2nd ESO students (13 years) were in charge of motivating through motivational quotes, to foster reading.
  •    4t ESO students (15 years) were also encouraged to take part in the Marina Novel Listing Project. They created informative panels where one book they liked was recommended to the rest of the students. Their panels included: name of the book and title, slogan, relevant quotes from the book, a summary, a recommendation, product details and other similar books.
  •    4tESO and non-compulsory students also had the chance to attend a workshop where the writer Mireia Vancells explained to them how we can write to make people happy and get some money¡ Students could get to know firsthand the literary profession and they could put into practice their knowledge of the language to write creatively.

  We also held a literary contest so all students could take part by means of writing a poem or a short story in any of the languages we speak; French, Catalan, Spanish or English. A commission formed by teachers decided the awarded poems and short stories and students were given their award during St.Jordi’s ceremony. 
   Moreover, we also wanted to promote creativity by means of organising an Instagram contest where participants (students, teachers, parents) could upload their best romantic picture with the hashtag #frankensteinlove18. They were also awarded during the ceremony; one category for 12-14 years students, another one for 15-16 years old students, one for non-compulsory education students and lastly, one more for teachers and parents.
   Last but not least, the project team students who designed an awarded logo for our project were given a certificate.
   Our major, Mr Sierra, as well as the Culture Councillor from La Llagosta townhall, attended our school on this great day. Neither do teachers, students and parents!


Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Twinspace Reading Circles

    Our students have started their own Etwinning project based on Reading Circles where they will be working in groups formed by one student from a different country. Prior to meetings, they have been discussing how to plan meetings as well as the distribution of chapters.

    Once done and agreed, they have started meeting online to discuss their role worksheets and reach agreements. Their conclusions will be published on project Twinspace by the discussion leader after every meeting. This seems it works, go on like this, both students and partners!

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

St. Jordi's GoFor Book Fair

   On 23rd April, on International Day Book and the daw we celebrate St. Jordi in Catalonia, we'll also hold our Gofor Project Book Fair to promote reading habits among our students.

   In order to get so, our students have been working hard preparing some panels to share with the rest of the students book  they found attractive to read. Moreover, they also suggest other readings that can be interesting for teenagers. Books can be in English, Catalan, Spanish or French. Other students are in charge of showing some motivational quotes regarding reading on a wall, quotes they did themselves. And our youngest students will show the comic book they did themselves about Franskenstein.

   On that day, we'll get some students to recite their literary creations for our Marina literary contest; poems and novels as well as inviting Mireia Vancells, a well-known writer in our town who will come to do a workshop with students on how to write to make people's lifes happier and get some money whenever possible.

We're working hard to celebrate this important day in our scholar community. Our major and parents are welcome!

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

C1 Mobility in Borken (Germany)

   From the 18th to 24th March we've spent some days in Borken (Germany) to visit its vocational studies school Berufskolleg in Borken where we have attented quite interesting workshops as well as sharing the best stratetegies to work reading in our classes.
    Among others, we've been discussing which activities to include in our project manual "The Teaching of Living Abilities with Literacy: A Training Manual, Reading Strategies". We also assessed previous actions and future actions to be implemented at our high school, among others, The Project Book Fair. We also set the date for Estonian mobility next September 2018.


Monday, 19 February 2018

Twinspace and Youtube Channel


   The most important thing in this kind of European projects is our students' engagement and involvement in the tasks proposed. To get so, partners decided to implement a paralell Etwinning project where our students will be the protagonists. Now they've got their own project site, their project Twinspace, where to implement reading projects, share opinions and discuss their findings.        Moreover, we've launched our project Youtube Channel where to upload our students' videos because....a picture is worth a thousand words, isn't it?

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Europe for Culture also in Carnival

   Last 9th February we celebrated Carnival at school. Our 1st ESO students organised their traditional Haka dance of Maori culture (New Zealand). It was a vigorous dance and they actually achieved to show us their strenght and prowess as former warriors used to do before a war!
   It was our way to connect our pupils with a different culture from the other side of the world. In a way, we wanted to contribute to Europe's celebration throughtout the year our diverse cultural heritage across Europe and worldwide. Watch this out!


This term... Frankenstein!

   Our students have started reading the graded book Frankenstein to celebrate its 200th anniversary this year 2018. We'd like our students to meet and know deeply one of the most influential 19th century writers and topics such as creation, appearances, revenge, sciences, compasion, forgiveness and sacrifice.
   To start with, a brainstorming in pairs is convenient. Our students have been working to deal with anticipation activities, guessing and infering what can comes next by means of answering an inital questionnaire:

  • Who wrote Frankenstein?
  • When was it written?
  • Who was Victor?
  • Who does the Monster kill? what do you think?
  • What do you think happens to Victor in the end?
  • What do you know about Frankenstein?
  • What do you want to know?

World Read Aloud Day 2018

   2nd February 2018 we celebrated at school World Read Aloud Day 2018 #WRAD2018 to celebrate reading as an essential skill in our languages and communication learning. Our students were encouraged to bring their favourite read books to class, select some paragraphs and read them aloud to the rest of their classmates. They shared their favourites stories and enjoyed them a lot!

Friday, 26 January 2018

Our Students Team GoFor

 This is our Erasmus + project GoFor students' team! They' ll be working cooperatively with other students from Estonia, Germany, Turkey and France in diverse tasks to improve their key competences. Awesome! #erasmusplus #insmarina #goforliteracyproject

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Etwinning Project Reading Circles

   Our 4t ESO students have been involved in a new project entitled Reading Circles where , in circle groups , deal with an autonomous study of the graded reader Frankestein (Oxford Readers B1). By means of performing a study role (collector, word master, discussion leader, passage person, culture collector and summariser) , each student dives deep into the novel, prompts open questions and discuss with other his/her views. One session per week will be devoted to this task. And roles will be each week rotated.

   To help slow learners, they are provided with a set of question cards to encourage to brainstorm questions and possible answers according to their role assigned.

Friday, 19 January 2018

And the winner is...

Go for..... Spain!

Our 4t ESO C student, Ana Millan has been rewarded with the first prize of our European GoFor Logo Contest. Congrats Ana!

So now on, this is our project image. Awesome!

Monday, 8 January 2018

Gofor Logo Contest

Dear students,

   After some voting days, we already have three winner logos that will represent INS Marina and the project in the project final logo contest which will take place on 10th and 11th January 2018. These are the results. The designer of Logo 1, Naim Muñoz, will take part in the project and its mobilities. The rest of you will have more points to participate too! Congrats!

Logo 1

Logo 2

Logo 3

Friday, 5 January 2018

Logo Contest GoFor

   Before Christmas break, our 4t ESO students have been working hard designing a virtual logo, their proposals to represent our Erasmus + project : Go For Literacy to Enlighten your Future. 
   Congrats! It's been a great job! Now the project comission formed by our headmistress, Erasmus + projects coordinators, among other Spanish, Catalan and English teachers are voting for their best 3 logos to take part in the final contest of the project. This will take place on 10th and 11th January. So, please teachers stay tuned and vote for the best! Our INS Marina winner will be revealed on Friday 12th Jan!
   These are our students proposals: