We gathered again in the hall of the Arcadia Hotel late on Thursday evening. We were glad to realise that it was so centrally located, close to the most important public transport and within short walking distance of Andrassy Avenue, the Basilica and the Danube. The Mediterranean partners expected much colder weather, but in fact they didn’t need to wear all the winter clothing they brought with them.
On Friday, the meeting room was next door to our hotel. The venue was quite cosy and we had the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful view of St. Stephen’s dome during break time. By this time we all felt much more relaxed than in our first meeting.
After an update from the Palma meeting, we were divided into groups, so as to be able to tackle all the issues we had to cover. Some of us focused on the activities implemented by LAKMA, IATEFL-HU and APABAL. By the time we met we had already exchanged some ideas from our partner associations and put them into practice, such as starting cooperation in our respective magazines, sharing ideas about film sessions and organising a creative café, among others. Many other suggestions were included in our agenda and will soon be implemented.
Another group focused on analysing the questionnaires that had previously been distributed to the members of each association and we went on to draw conclusions. Frank from the Hungarian association presented the general overview. Some interesting ideas were brought up. We realised that our members’ needs and demands were quite similar; for example, it was clear that we should all focus on CLIL teachers and young teachers, in order to get them involved. To that end a questionnaire, designed by LAKMA and aimed at giving support to CLIL teachers, was approved. In addition, most of our members were asking for a resource page and we realised that there was a need to focus on communication activities.
After this, the upcoming opening session of the Creative Café was presented by APABAL, and a quiz that has already been designed for this initial event was offered for sharing. The Balearic association is planning to organise monthly sessions where different activities will take place.
We also decided to publish a report of all CITA activities on a wordpress blog opened by Jurgita, one of the LAKMA members. The page will update people on the CITA project and will include activities, events and a photo gallery.
All of us agreed that we needed a feedback questionnaire and a task description for each activity.
Friday afternoon was dedicated to management and administration issues. Tasks and responsibilities were assigned, such as teacher mobility and sharing good practice on a variety of topics. These included attracting old members back or solving some administration problems, among other issues.
Following our agenda, Saturday was given over to planning the CLIL course in Vilnius. We discussed the profile of teachers who should attend the course. It was agreed that it would be directed towards CLIL practitioners at both primary and secondary levels. We established that priority should be given to members of teachers’ associations.
Between sessions we voted for the new CITA logo. The winning logo was the one designed by the Lithuanian association, consisting of three linking hands representing the three associations.
As has become usual, the course participants exchanged some gifts and chocolates. Hungary included a folder with some IAETFL-HU publications and a couple of nicely presented little bags of paprika. The Balearic association brought personalized pottery mugs and LAKMA excellent sweets as usual.
We were overwhelmed and grateful for the varied number and quality of the activities offered by the host organisation. We had the opportunity to go on a boat trip on the Danube, to take a bath in the Rudas thermal waters, to taste the Hungarian food and wine, to attend a session of opera and we were even invited to visit a pub with live music.
As a climax to our stay, all of us were treated to a farewell dinner at the “Paprika” restaurant. We enjoyed the typical Hungarian food and desserts in a friendly and pleasant atmosphere.