Thursday, 25 September 2008

Hello from France

Hello everybody,
We are the pupils from the secondary school “Condorcet”, it’s located in a town called Lens in the North of France (Pas-De-Calais). We are about twenty pupils, fifteen years old and we work in this European class to improve our English skills. Our School is very big, there are three different levels, 2nd, 1er and Terminal where you pass an exam called baccalaureat. It’s our first year of study in this School, so we are in 2nd. Other than English, we also study subjects like: French, History, Maths, Physics, Geography…
In our Euro-English class, we are all working together on common the subject “Domestic wastes”. We are very happy to work with you, which is why we are writing on this blog to communicate ideas.
Thank You ! And enjoy your visit ;-)
The 2d3 euro group

Friday, 12 September 2008

Galati - the town of the Danube river - Romania

The most beautiful places in Galati are:

The Danube’s front is one of the most representative zones of Galatz. A place of promenade for everyone, here musical concerts and sporting competitions took place frequently. It offers a high relaxation potential for people of all ages ,from little children to old people. It is almost the most populated recreation zone in Galatz.

The Orthodox Cathedral: was built between 1906-1917, after the architectural plans of Petre Antonescu and Stefan Burcus. The construction stands out in the architectural plan of Galati ,being conceived with one dome without lateral apsides.

This is the first Romanian contemporary art museum, opened in 1967 as a place were specialists, visitors and artists could discover the new trends, subjects, techniques and changes in current art and artistic creation. Since the very first years of it's opening, the Visual Art Museum in Galatzi has been one of the most important and popular cultural institutions in the region, and it's impressive local collections are highly regarded by experts.

The Public Garden is situated near the student’s complex and represents an appropriate zone to relax . It offers an excellent scenery of the Brates Lake and the main train station of Galatz.A walk in the public garden,where a few years ago you could play bowling and cricket,now you can see beautiful and rare flowers, dark alleys and an artesian fountain which water is carried by the wind.

An important public library in the region of Down of Danube, founded in 1889, Library "V.A. Urechia" has a large number of rare books and special collections. Now is one of most modern libraries in Romania, deeply involved in changing its services towards user proper benefits based on IT.

In this building once lived Alexandru Ioan Cuza (the first prince of the Romanian Principalities) in 1844-1859.In 1937 the “Cuza Voda Association” is founded, which had in mind to renovate the house and transform it into a museum. The donation of teachers Ecaterina and Paul Pasa constituted the centre of the visualized exposition. On 24th January 1939 the museum Is opened. For the construction’s rehabilitation, Since 1986 the museum was closed to the public. Since 1995 it’s known as the Museum “House of Cuza Voda”.

The existence of “Vasile Alecsandri” National High School that had only boys as students started with the first years of existence of the modern Romanian state, Associated with the changes that Al.I.Cuza made during his regency. On the 23rd of November 1867 is founded a high school for boys and the young teacher Ioan Cetatianu was named the first principal of the new school.
These days the high school is named as Vasile Alecsandri National High School and it is very prestigious because of its’ very good results that both students and teachers achieved.

The State Theatre was established on 1 September 1955. Although there were drama, comedy, and tragedy actors, they have waited whole decades for the establishment of an institution with actors, permanent program and an adequate room. In 1973 it has been named the Dramatic Theatre and from the year 2000 – The Dramatic Theatre “Fani Tardini”. Since the year 1976, by the initiative of headmaster Mihai, there has been organized the first comedy show in Romania, under the name of Colloquial for the art of comedy.

The local History Museum was named the museum Cuza Voda, based on the V.A. Urechia and Paul and Ecaterina Pasa collections. The construction was built in 1937-1939. The history museum of Galatz was inaugurated at 24 January 1939, due to the 80th anniversary of the Romanian Principalities Union.
The Museum of History contains important traces from prehistory, ancient times, middle age as well as from the modern and contemporary epoch together with a valuable ethnographical collection from the county of Galatzi.

The Eminescu Park was settled in 1869, and it is keeping some trees dating back the time of Mihai Eminescu who has been there in the last years of its life. In the park is a little artificial lake and a place where the military fanfare sustained recitals. Its fame is given by the presence of Eminescu’s statue.

The Botanic Garden is included in the Complex of Nature Science and dominates the left side of the Danube. You can admire plants from tropical and subtropical zones.
The Japanese garden with the lampion, the cascade, the lake and the water lilies invite you to meditation and recreation.
On the principal axle of the garden your eyes will be delighted by the diversity of colors and shapes of the ornamental plants.

Presentation made by Bianca Roxana Masgras, student at “Vasile Alecsandri” High School, Galati, Romania

Thursday, 11 September 2008

Romanian Educational System

Romanian Educational System Categories: in Romania the education offered in the public system is free and the compulsory education is of 10 years.
The educational system is divided in the following categories:
1. pre-university education
2. university education
3. continuouse education

1. Pre-University education
a. Pre-school education: first group, second group, third group and pre-school group (children aged 3 to 6 years).
b. Primary education: 1st to 4th grade (starting children aged 6). In the primary education the curriculum includes the following topics:
• language and communication (Romanian language and a foreign language),
• math and sciences,
• human and society (civic education, history, geography),
• arts (fine arts education, musical education),
• sports,
• technology (practical abilities and technological education),
• religion
c. Secondary education: the curriculum includes the following topics:
• Romanian language;
• foreign language (usually 2 foreign languages are studied in the secondary education in Romania, the most studied foreign languages being: English, French, German, Italian and Spanish);
• mathematics,
• physics,
• chemistry,
• biology and anatomy,
• geography,
• history,
• civic education,
• fine arts education,
• music education,
• technological education, etc.
The secondary education is divided into:
• Gymnasium (lower secondary education) – 5th to 8th grade.
• High school (upper secondary education) - 9th to 12th or 13th grade (the 13th grade is attended in the vocational high-schools). The high-schools can be:
– Theoretical (human or real section).
– Technological (technical, services, natural resources exploitation, environmental protection and so on).
– Vocational (military, technological, sportive, artistic or pedagogical).
• Professional education - 1 to 3 years - this type of education is preparing the students for a special job (e.g.: car mechanic, plumber, professional driver, etc.)
2. Superior education
• university education (3 to 5 years) or
• post-university education :
– thoroughgoing university studies;
– master,
– post-university academic studies;
– doctoral studies;
– post-university studies for specialization or for further improvement
3. Continuous education that allows either classical training, distance training and training by correspondence.
In every city the educational system foresees the existence of "Special logopedic centers". The specialists in these centers are psychologists, pedagogs or specialists in special psycho-pedagogy) and their role is to guide the teachers in using the necessary methods for children’s language development and correction.
It is important to say that the Romanian educational law regarding the operation of these centers is referring just to the children with "difficulties in spoken language", not to all the categories of learning difficulties (including reading and writing).
Beside these centers, in every school there is a psycho-pedagogical center for educational and vocational guidance.
The teachers are divided into several categories:
- Preschool teachers - that can have medium studies (pedagogical high school) or college studies (specialization in pre-school education in an institutor’s college)
- Primary school teachers - that can have medium studies (pedagogical high school) or college studies (specialization in pre-school education in an institutor’s college)
- Teachers for the other type of formal education - these are the teachers for any of the other type of school levels.
- These teachers must have university studies in the field they are teaching and also the special psycho-pedagogical module (that can be optionally attended by any university student).
- Depending on their experience, the teachers can have different degrees (2nd degree after 4 years of activity and a series of exams, 1st degree after 8 years of activity and another series of exams).
There is no specialization for adult education teachers. Any teacher can provide adult education courses on his specialization without any other specialized training.
The responsible specialists that can assess people for reading and writing difficulties are not the teachers but the specialists that graduated a specialization in psychology (psychology, special psycho pedagogy, educational psychology, pedagogy).
As we already showed earlier when speaking about the provisions of the Romanian educational law regarding the “special educational centers”, the emphasis on reading and writing difficulties and methods and tools to overcome them is not visible.

For adult education the situation is more difficult.
Although all the training providers for adults are using special methods and tools, adapted to the adult learning styles, there are no information about the possible reading and writing difficulties that could interfere with the learning process.
The vocational training institution doesn't have testing instruments for diagnosing dyslexia or other reading and writing difficulties of adult learners before they are entering a learning process.
There are no special training offered to psychologists or educational specialist regarding the “reading and writing difficulties of adults”.
There aren’t also any special courses offered to adults having these kinds of problems.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

The waste-the enemy of a modern society!

This is an etwinning partnership between the students from:

Lycee "Condorcet"-Lens-France

"Vasile Alecsandri" High School-Galati Romania

The colaboration is for the 2008-2009 scholastic year and our main aims are:
-to inform about the waste in different European countries;
-to classify the waste:glass, plastics, paper, biological waste etc;
-to know the most important ways of collecting waste the partner's countries;
-to find out about the ways of recycling of different types of waste;
-to discover new ways of using the waste;
-waste in art (modern artists use the waste for artistic objects) .

Join us for save the planet, for live in a clean environment!

Thematic content of the project!

1. About us! (general informations about the partners involved in the project: countries, towns, schools, teachers, students, graduates)
2. What is the waste? (definition, clasification, examples)
3. European legislation about the waste! (EU legislation, legislation of partners countries)
4. Collecting waste! (different ways to collect waste in the partners countries)
5 Recycling waste! (how is the waste recycled in our countries?)
6. Environmental impact of the waste! (how can affect the waste our lives?)
7. Use of the waste in the modern arts! (the waste can be used for art or domestic objects)

Development of the project


1. Organize the plan work, twinspace of the project, blog.

2. Insertion of the project in the curricular activities with the possibility to begin theme-based and problem-based didactics starting from the analysis of situations tied up with daily life.

3. Vertical development of themes with the possibility to join together the common didactic objectives of the different education levels.

4. Production of material interesting for the collectivity (elaboration of weather data, analysis of different types of waste, study about recycling waste)

5. Sharing and optimization of professional and technological resources (on twinnspace or blog)

6. Involvement of scholastic institutions which operate in different territorial situations: possibility to develop common didactic strategies, comparing different working methods and results.

Objectives of the partnership

To develop a responsible mature attitude toward waste

2. To understand that both environment, ways of production and living conditions are in close mutual dependency

3. To highlight the tight relationship among waste and health, physical welfare, cleaning, social welfare.

4. To inquire at both personal and collective level the material value of waste as resource.

5. Understand that waste inspired works of artists

6. Read, produce and understand brochures, various depliants, schemes, graphs, work tables using ICT tools

7. Scientific area objectives:

a.To know what is waste and where you can find it

b. To know the natural cycle of biodegradable waste.

c. To know and classify the waste

d. To understand risks of the non-recycling the waste

e. To understand the importance of waste as a resource

8. To recognize changes occurred in life habits comparing some aspects of actual life against that of grandfathers or great grandfathers.

9. To distinguish the participation of the man that negatively afflict the exploitation of waste.

10. To know local agencies which operate on the territory for processing of waste

11. Excursions in the territory and documentation.

Tuesday, 2 September 2008


This a blog to help pupils from France and Romania talk about waste and try to save the planet