Summer School

SUMMER SCHOOL  •  2 – 6 July Girona (Spain)

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Specialization Course

Chess in Primary Education (3 ECTS)
2 – 6 July 2018, University Girona

The Summer School is the first international graduate course on teaching chess. It is part of a larger effort to establish education-oriented chess teaching. The course is also a means of getting high level feedback on the methods and materials of the CHAMPS project.
Leading scientists in educational chess are teaming up with experts from the CHAMPS for the most advanced training on teaching chess from an educational point of view. The week-long course provides scientific background on cognition, education and the didactics of mathematics and games, along with hands-on examples in order to apply chess to promoting mathematical, logic, reasoning and metacognitive skills in the classroom as well as skills to develop and evaluate your own materials.
Rather than prioritising the full game with 32 pieces and competition rules, it approaches chess as a multitude of mini games, variants, puzzles and activities on the chessboard. The focus has shifted from mastering the rules of chess to promoting mathematical, logical and meta-cognitive skills in students from an early age.

Do you aspire to improve chess teaching in your country?
The course is for school teachers or chess teachers who are training teachers. You should have at least two years' experience with chess in a school environment and expect to teach chess during the school year 2018/19. Even better, if you plan to train teachers and develop chess teaching materials. You should preferably hold a bachelor´s degree or higher in education, psychology, mathematics or another relevant field. Equipped with scientific background, methodological skills and excellent materials from the course, you will be prepared to lead the development, adaptation and dissemination of chess teaching methods and materials in your country.
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Director: Prof Carme Saurina Casals (Uni Girona)
Coordinator: Stefan Loeffler (ChessPlus)
Lecturers: Marta Amigo Vilalta (Marti Poch Primary School), John Foley (ChessPlus), Laura Garcia Taberner (Uni Girona), Prof Fernand Gobet (Uni Liverpool), Prof Barry Hymer (Uni Cumbria), Josep Serra Palomar (Uni Girona), Prof Jorge Nuno Silva (Uni Lisbon)
More information on the lecturers and team

General Information

Course fee: € 300 if you apply and pay until 5 May, € 350 after 5 May
Scholarships: Ten applicants can get a partial scholarship which covers the course fee but not other costs. These scholarships are purely on a need basis.
Application only online:

We recommend participants to stay at the RESA, an inexpensive, modern student house with wifi, private bath and cooking facilities in the room. A single room comes at € 27 per night, at double occupancy it is €19 per night and person. Appartments may be available on request. It is 20 minutes walking from the venue of the course or 30 minutes from the old town. We plan to arrange a shuttle transport in the mornings of the course.
Please book accomodation at the RESA as soon as your participation is confirmed.
How you book is explained here

Girona is known for its density of good value restaurants. A quality lunch menu including drinks at the venue is available for € 11. A Spanish breakfast – coffee, toast or croissant, fresh orange juice - costs about € 3.

Girona is on the high velocity train line between Barcelona and Perpignan (France) and also has its own airport. Barcelona´s airport is about 90 minutes by bus away.

Girona has a splendid old town with many monuments from the middle ages, which you can visit during a guided tour on one of the first evenings. Costa Brava beaches can be reached in 35 minutes by car. Barcelona is just an hour away. The end of June and early July is still preseason and commendable for a holiday with your partner or family.

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