Cooperative Learning Academy of Snagov - CLAS International School

Teacher training

Teacher Training Department

Our Professional Development centre offers:

● methodological consultancy to primary and secondary schools willing to implement Cooperative Learning and C.L.I.L. methodology within their Foreign Language Department.

● professional training courses on request on your school premises throughout Romania and Italy
Our courses are aimed at teachers, teacher trainees, school principles, university students, HR managers and other professionals interested in Cooperative Learning, Content Language Integrated Learning and Multiple Intelligences as efficient methodologies in order to develop the EU key competences.


Professional Development Courses

A) Cooperative Learning - a well-being puzzle - 40 periods*- 2015


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1st Workshop - Saturday, 24 January from 11 to 4 pm

Cooperative Learning Approaches. Teaching social skills. Collaborative planning of CL activities

2nd Workshop - Saturday, 21 February 2015 from 11 to 4 pm

CLIL through Cooperative Learning. Demo lesson: CLIL lesson using CL strategies. The International Baccalaureate. Planning a CLIL lesson.

3rd & 4th Workshops. Saturday 21st March, 2015 & 25th April, 2015  from 11 to 4 pm

CL & Multiple Intelligences Theory. De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats using Jigsaw by Aronsons. Demo MI lesson using CL strategies. Planning a MI lesson.

5th & 6th Workshops. 23rd May, 2015 & 13 June from 11 to 4 pm

Cooperative Learning towards intercultural competences. Collaborative CL planning based on an intercultural theme/topic

7th Workshop (to be fixed on mutual agreement)

Using multimedia and technology in CL&CLIL lessons. Final assessment

B) CLIL through CL & Cognition - 40 periods* - COMING SOON in 2016

Module 1 B
CL to develop Critical and Creative Thinking. Ryan’s Keys and De Bono’s Thinking Hats
Module 2 B
Making Thinking Visible (Project O of Harvard Strategies & CorT of De Bono)
Module 3 B
Graphic Organisers and Lifelong Learning
Module 4 B
Cooperative Learning towards the EU key competences

* The Certificate of Achievement Cooperative Learning Academy will be granted at the completion of all 4 modules (90% attendance+ final test).


     C) Jolly Phonics using Cooperative Learning
     Workshop la Libraria Carturesti

     MARCH 2015

When children do not learn to read, the reason for their lack of success can almost always be attributed to the method of teaching used. By starting with whole-word memorising and not with the alphabetic code, the children who have poor visual memories feel that reading is hard and that they cannot do it.

Even with a little phonic knowledge, for example knowing only the alphabet sounds, they stumble along guessing and hoping that they have said the right words. Good readers use their code knowledge including knowledge of the digraphs for reading. Good readers do not look at the picture, or the initial letter, neither do they guess from the context for word identification, but poor readers do, and it lets them down all the time. Teaching with synthetic phonics from the beginning is best for all children, even for the children who might manage without it.

This latter group of children will simply learn to read much faster than they would have done without synthetic phonics. A synthetic-phonics approach also ensures that a child with a good visual memory, but poor ear for the sounds in words, learns in the correct way: by synthesizing sounds and not by memorising words.

Memorising words might be relatively easy in the early stages for certain children, but at some point their memories will run out. If the skill of decoding words has not been taught by then, these children will develop reading problems.

This is particularly distressing for the children affected, because they may have been considered good readers in the early stages, but now that the books have longer words and more text, they suddenly find that they cannot cope.

Implementing Jolly Phonics at the preparatory and the first grades of the Primary level is a must in Romanian schools to achieve better and faster results in literacy. Cooperative Learning Academy of Snagov (CLAS) organises the experiential workshop entitled “Jolly Phonics using Cooperative Learning”  in order to learn by doing some CL strategies which activate not only the cognitive and metacognitive dimension but also the social-emotional aspect.

The workshop is aimed at teachers of English, university students, HR managers, trainers or other individuals interested in Cooperative Learning as a philosophy of life and Jolly Phonics. It is held in English with some Romanian support if necessary. Therefore, B2 is the minimum language level required.

Teacher trainer:

Julieta Petre is a member and a teacher trainer of the Cooperative Learning Group of Research-Study-Training  of the Centre for Intercultural Studies - University of Verona. She is a qualified EFL teacher with a great experience in Primary and Secondary schools as well as international IB schools. Recently, she has completed the Jolly Phonics training course with CPD College to become an International Professional Trainer. Mrs Julieta Petre is a MEN authorized teacher trainer, as well.

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