Visibility of eTwinning Projects Group Newsletter no. 5 - July 2015 - Page 45

Visibility of eTwinning Projects Group July 2015 Newsletter -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------How to persuade… by Tatjana Gulic eTwinning initial teacher training pilot project by Alessandra Cannelli · ...your colleague to work with you on a project? · ...your head teacher to add your school to a project? · ...your community to support you with your projects? In the last years I have been involved in the training of trainee foreign language teachers and teachers of other subjects training for Content and Language Integrated Learning at Romatre University. I started proposing the use of technology applied to learning and step by step eTwinning has become more and more important in the syllabus of trainees. A lot of times you are in a situation that you have very little time to talk and persuade your coworkers to join you in eTwinning projects or to give you some extra money you need. How to do it? For such occasions you have to be prepared and you have to train. This type of speech we usually call ˝Elevator Pitch˝. This year I was asked by eTwinning NSS to take part in “eTwinning Teacher Training Pilot”. It is an experimental project among European Universities for the use of eTwinning in the training of trainee teachers. On the 26th and 27th May 2015 in Brussels was held the second meeting of the European and Italian Universities involved in the Pilot, which proposes the integration of eTwinning in the initial training. Start your speech with a ˝hook˝, a statement or question so you will interest your listeners to hear some more. You can start also with what you do, not necessarily what you are if they do not know. Tell something about the content of your project, reason of your speech, what you want from that person or institution, and give them just a few details to make them curious. Also tell them why this project is important or useful to them. Use plain language and at the end repeat the most important facts. Of course you have to use different speeches to different people. For a good speech you need to be prepared. You can test yourself to make recording of your speech. For more tips you can br