FMHOY - Fuerteventura
The first Official Distance Language School of the Canaries is being launched this school term, with their first premises in the Instituto de Enseñanza Secundaria Tony Gallardo in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with a team in charge of the project that will teach the English lessons by telematics to teachers in the Canaries.
Therefore, the new school is being launched with a course that is specifically aimed at teachers of the Canaries, who will be able to study languages in a flexible manner and from home. Over 1.100 teachers in the Archipelago have already registered for this distance course, for courses of A2, B1, B2 and C1 levels.
The specific infrastructure of the new school includes various classrooms in the Tony Gallardo Institute where the teachers for this new teaching modality will work from, thanks to new digital tools that will allow them to teach through virtual classrooms created to that effect. In addition to creating the materials that are used for the digital platform created for the distance courses, the teachers from the Official Distance School will teach telematics courses in order to help teachers improve their knowledge in languages.
The objective of the Education and Universities Council is to extend the programme to include all the language courses and make it available to anyone from the next term onwards.
The first stage for this future Official Distance Language School consists of English courses that contain three lines of training to improve languages skills of teachers in the Canaries, as designed in the Plan of Promotion of Foreign Languages (PILE) in the Islands’ school.
Increase of language training spaces.
In actual fact, for this training course, the Education and Universities’ Council of the Canarian Government has increased the initial range by adding over seven hundred spaces to the initial 380 spaces offered at the beginning. Teachers, therefore, have over 1.100 spaces available.
The objective of the English training itineraries aimed at teachers who work in public schools in the Canaries, is to provide an efficient and adapted response to the necessities in teacher training in this language and manage to update the language and methodology abilities of teachers who are part of the Plan of Promotion of Foreign Languages (PILE). Those integrated courses will take place from October 2017 until May 2018 and will last 240 hours. At the end of the course, in June 2018, teachers will have a test that will allow them getting an official diploma for their corresponding level.