CLIL COURSE IN VILNIUS 30th JUNE -3rd JULY 2015

In the morning of June the 30th the CLIL course started. Ten teachers from the three associations belonging to different educational levels were presented the course programme by the presidents of each association (Eglè, Loreta and Carmen). Then the teachers took part in a well-organised icebreaking session in order to get to know each other. Teachers had brought some items from their own countries to make the introduction much more exciting. Some highlights of the course included discussion on current issues about teaching subjects through English in an environment of mutual cooperation and the types of language associated to this type of methodology, followed by a lively session on how to activate thinking skills.

Day two started with a productive session on the role of scaffolding in CLIL and how to develop strategies to improve teachers’ tasks.

These activities were completed with the development of a common template to design some agreed useful stages in lesson planning.

All the teachers’ performances met the approval of the groups.

The remaining sessions were devoted to preparing a project in groups of three. For this purpose, students were given a set of guidelines. The rest of the day and also day 3 were dedicated to the development of the project and to the presentation of each individual project. Methodology included peer-teaching observation; this activity proved to be enriching and profitable.

The last part of the course included an engaging open discussion on evaluation and feedback.

A more detailed timetable including teachers’ names can be found in these pages.

 SOCIAL PROGRAMME

As part of the social programme there was a cultural food sharing where the participants displayed different kinds of food from their countries of origin and were challenged to taste them all.

Apart from other cultural exchange activities, all the teachers took part in a sightseeing round tour of Vilnius at night and were impressed by the enticing city, its distinctive quality and the variety of choices for going out and about.

In the evening on the last day everyone enjoyed a farewell party. The snapshots included offer better proof than our words and give evidence of the pleasant and lively atmosphere that prevailed over the whole evening.

Congratulations to the organisers, teachers and guest teams!

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THIRD CITA MEETING IN VILNIUS 28th JUNE -1st JULY 2015

AGENDA

The third transnational meeting of the CITA project was held in Vilnius. The usual evening get-together took place at the centrally located “Holiday Inn”, where the guest members were staying.

There was a friendly and relaxed atmosphere since we had already worked closely and had become truly familiar with one another. This time we were joined by our external evaluator, Neus Lorenzo, who is at present Inspector at the Departament d’Ensenyament at Generalitat de Catalunya and professor at “Postgraduated Diploma in CLIL”. Her task was to assess the development of our programme and analyse our performance sharing with us her professional expertise and knowledge.

On Monday the 29th our agenda included a review and update of the tasks carried out at the Budapest meeting. LAKMA, IAETFL-Hu and APABAL submitted their report and presented tasks to be fulfilled in the future as a result of the information exchanged among the three associations.  We realised that some of the activities that had proved successful in one country had been well adapted in a different context, such as the Creative Cafe, the film forum series, the student contest or the mutual collaboration in existing publications and blogs, among others.

We also learnt that we still had to face some new challenges, such as implementing new practices, strengthen collaboration, improving management and administration, increasing membership or reaching out to the international community. Some ideas were also presented on how to make our associations grow.

Part of the day was focused on the preparation of the next Budapest course to be held in October 2015: “The new teacher’s profile”. The course will be addressed to high profile experienced English teachers from the three associations. Topics will include the specific skills teachers need in order to face new challenges, reflection on professional development, the role of emerging World Englishes, mixed ability classroom management, ways of connecting the classroom with real life and the English teacher’s role in CLIL courses.

It was also agreed that a needs analysis questionnaire would be sent out to novel English teachers. Feedback on the existing CLIL questionnaire and the new one should be provided and analysed at the Budapest meeting.

Tuesday the 30th was split into two sessions. The morning was dedicated to planning the “job shadowings” which are to take place in Budapest, Vilnius and Palma. Two English teachers from each association will travel to the corresponding country in order to observe the educational system, exchange experiences and do some peer teaching. The teachers involved will be committed to present a brief project about their experiences.

The afternoon session was centred on setting and discussing the agenda for the next transnational meeting in Budapest. The remainder of the afternoon session was devoted to updating the budgets allocated to our programme.

SOCIAL PROGRAMME

 Apart from the usual exchange of courtesy gifts, maps and folders, the social programme included an informal lunch at “The Green Hall Restaurant”, a beautiful place in the open air overlooking the city of Vilnius and a dinner party at a popular pub “Republican Sole” located close to the bank of the Vilna River. It is an unofficial republic inhabited by artists and bohemians, which was founded in 1887. An unusually surprising place and environment

Our last evening was spent on a stunning walking sightseeing tour organised by the Lithuanian association. This activity was joined by all the teachers who had just arrived from the different countries to take part in the Vilnius CLIL course which was due to start on the following day.

We were also taken to a restaurant in Belmontas, a recreation complex established inside an old mill that is surrounded by the most incredible nature landscape, with ponds and waterfalls. There we had the opportunity to taste the typical Lithuanian food in the open air.

All these activities took place in a most familiar and cheerful atmosphere.

CITA CLIL COURSE

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Cooperation in Teaching Associations (CITA) organised a 4-day workshop on CLIL teaching in the Lithuania University of Educational Sciences in Vilnius on June 29 to July 3, 2015. Lithuania (LAKMA) was organising and leading the course, but members of the other two associations, APABAL from Mallorca and IATEFL-Hungary, CITA_CLIL Course_Day 2 077were also involved in the teaching of the course. The course was designed to give members of our associations – 10 CLIL teachers from all levels of education selected from each country – an overview of up-to-date CLIL methodology with an emphasis on practical techniques delivered by experts in the field. Another important aim was for the participants to learn from each other by working together, and the outcome of the course was a CLIL lesson created and given by groups made up of teachers from each country while the other teachers became the ‘pupilsCITA_CLIL Course_Day 2 102’ for each lesson. The lessons were extremely enjoyable and the whole course was a huge success both socially and professionally, a fact reflected in the very positive feedback given by the participants.