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Summary of BSI Method


The aim of the BSI project is to prepare test-implement and refine a Teacher Training Course for in-service teachers in foreign languages that has as an objective to speak up the effectiveness of an innovative method which we call Broad Sweeps of Imagination (BSI) and to disseminate it in wider European context.

The method combines different approaches and techniques for learning new information and for foreign language teaching that, combined in an integrated set has proven their effectiveness for rapid building of communicative skills in the foreign language learners. The BSI method combines visual elements ('clumsy pictures') and approaches that give opportunity to learners to harmonize their previous learning with the recent ones.

In addition to its effectiveness for communicative foreign language learning, BSI method fosters multicultural awareness, intercultural competencies and respect towards the values of the other cultures, integrated in the foreign language learning process.

The BSI project gathered together partners from Turkey, Bulgaria, Italy and Romania and will be carried out in two years.

Besides the Teacher Training Course for in-service teachers in foreign languages the project is aimed at cascading the BSI method to teachers who teach great variety of foreign languages, at creating of network of trained foreign language teachers who will further act as disseminators of the innovative method, developing and adapting it to their educational practices, and not the least - at elaborating of Guideline book on BSI Method for Foreign Language Teachers that will encompass the basic principles of the BSI method, information for resources which teachers in different foreign languages could use in their work based on the BSI method and the experience which will be gained in the process of the international collaboration in the frames of the current project.

The efforts of the project partner-institutions will be backed up by a specially created e-platform which will support their work by providing opportunity for on-line advice and exchange of comments, opinions and supporting materials, as well as for collecting feedback on the transferability and applicability of the BSI method.

2007-2009, BSI Team
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