10.2.3B-FSE PON-PI-2018-9 I’M A EUROPEAN CITIZEN

Year 2018
PICTURE OF THE SCHOOL

Institute Nicola Pellati

The higher education institute “Nicola Pellati” was created in 1936 as an istituto per ragionieri (high school specializing in accounting); significant changes have taken place since then. In 1941-42, for example, only 6 people graduated, while at present more than a hundred students obtain their degree every year in one of the three areas of expertise (accounting, surveying, liceo). The branch in Canelli was inaugurated in the ‘60s. 

Throughout the years the school kept growing, enrolling students from a wider area, including Acqui Terme. 

The school moved to its current location in 1979, with innovative and well-equipped classrooms. In the 90’s it absorbed the “Galileo Galilei” scientific high school, which had been created in 1963 as a branch of the “Vercelli” scientific high school in Asti but became independent in 1969. It was one of the first scientific high schools in Italy to take part in the P.N.I. (National plan for computer science) in 1986. The Pellati institute currently offers the following courses: administration, finance and marketing, with a specialization in business information systems from the 3rd year; environment, construction and territory; tourism (in Canelli); scientific high school and high school for applied science; linguistic high school.

PARTICIPANTS

64 students in their 4th year of all classes; they were selected according to merit, that is knowledge English at B1 level, good average grades, particularly in English; 6 teachers of English, French, German, Law.

DESCRIPTION

Through the NOP “I’m a European Citizen” the Pellati institute offers three training projects: No Borders, The New explorers of Europe, Upgrading Skills. The three projects are connected since No borders lays the foundation to strengthen – in the other projects – language skills in English, French and German, enabling full understanding of the concept of European Citizenship. 

The first part of the module was divided into three stages (30 hours completed at school) for 15 students attending all classes in the three areas of expertise (accounting, surveying, liceo). The students were selected according to merit, thus rewarding good performances, on the basis of the following criteria: 1) having a B1 certificate in English; 2) having good average grades; 3) having good grades in English. 

The second part of the module involved international mobility: 15 students spent 3 weeks in Cork, Ireland, attending a 60-hour course of English – 45h were devoted to an English course aimed at obtaining a B2 certificate, while 15h were used to develop a project work. When the students returned to Italy, they had to sit a Cambridge B2 exam.

LOCAL NETWORK

Local administration; wine producers of the area; Erca cultural association

Developing students’ knowledge on European citizenship through multilingualism. Creating a platform which could promote understanding and a sense of identity among young people, who should feel connected because of the principles, rules and functioning of the European Union.

Throughout the projects, innovation was attained through workshops aimed at analyzing the different themes and reporting on the activities with videos and other innovative products (dramatization, comic book); moreover, common features were found among topics which are often considered as separated.

There was a great effort to implement new skills and knowledge, both in the class and as future teachers.

Creating a platform to promote understanding and a sense of identity among young people, who should feel connected because of the principles, rules and functioning of the European Union, enabling them to form their own opinion on related contemporary debates. 

More precisely, the students will examine the concept of European Citizenship (rights, economic space, freedom of movement, etc.) and then analyze and map the main wine production areas in France (for the module in French), Ireland (for the module in English) and Italy, which will be connected to the peculiar features of each territory (examining culture, the economy, tourism, sense of identity and belonging to the European Union, etc.). 

The areas of Piedmont and Nizza Monferrato were the object of specific attention, particularly how belonging to the European common space led to great economic opportunities for the local wine sector.