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Web site: www.agruse.com

Geo Milev English Language School, Ruse, offers a five-year course of study. The first year (8th grade), students study English - 21 lessons per week plus some other basic subjects. From the second year on they choose a second foreign language - German, French or Russian. They study History, Philosophy and Biology in English , too. All the subjects on the curriculum are in accordance with the National Curriculum - the Humanities and Applied sciences, which makes it a comprehensive school with a focus on Languages, the profile of the school. The school has about 500 hundred students with 40 teachers, 15 of whom teach a foreign language and 4 teach a subject in English.

Being associated to UNESCO since 1976, the school has strong traditions in participating in national and international projects, two of which were Comenius projects. There are two current Erasmus+ projects, one of which finishes in May, 2016 and the other one in August, 2016. The students are engaged in various extracurricular activities such as sports, a Debate Club, a Drama Circle, a UNESCO Club, a Creative Writing circle, a PR Club, etc. The last three years the school was engaged in a project, which offered fifteen clubs for extra-curricular activities. The school youth organization initiates and carries out efficiently many social events and activities. We are active in eTwinning with three current projects.

Our school has a tradition of long standing to incorporate Cultural Studies in FLT. We were engaged in developing a cultural syllabus "Branching Out" which gave a strong impetus in working towards raising cultural awareness and tolerance to cultural differences. Both teachers and students have special interest in project work related to Cultural Studies. Social entrepreneurship, which will be substantial part of this project, will encourage our students to actively identify social needs in multicultural Europe and will foster tolerance.

As our school has recently started changing its high profile, facing problems typical of society as a whole, we want to be responsive to the students' needs and voice concerns over topical issues in EU countries and beyond. We are becoming more and more aware that secondary education should work not only towards giving knowledge and competence necessary for students to pass successfully curriculum exams. It is of vital importance for them to develop life skills and, in particular, skills necessary for the world of work. Until recently almost all students, finishing our school chose to continue their studies at universities. While now, it is not uncommon for many of them to enter directly the labour market, for which they do not seem to be well prepared. Others even drop out early from school due to lack of parental control or perspective. Ruse is facing the economic crisis and its economy and commerce are generally in decline. Many parents work abroad, leaving their children to the care of a sole parent or none. More and more students need to work before going to university or try to combine both. This has become a challenge for our school as it tends to give mainly academic preparation. The need to relate our students to the demands of the labour market has become of vital importance.