TESOL-Ukraine has become a part of the the project “Foreign Language Teacher Training Capacity Development as a Way to Ukraine’s Multilingual Education and European/ MultiEd” Erasmus + programme KA2 – Higher Education Capacity Building (610427-EPP) -1-2019-1-EE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP) and during fall 2020 – winter 2021 participated in the following events:
- TESOL-Ukraine members participated in the training course “Curriculum Development Seminar”, which started in May 2020 and was completed in June. It was devoted to the principles of curriculum design and standards. The partners of MultiEd shared with their examples of curriculum as well as with general principles to Ukrainian and each university context. Participants highly appreciated the moderators of the seminar: Christopher Wilson, Dr. Elisabeth Wielander, Dr.Sue Garton (Aston University, Birmingham, UK), Dr. Kristina Kallas, Anne Kivimäe (Tartu University Narva College), Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Huneke (Heidelberg University of Education), who introduced us to the general principles of curriculum design in their universities, gave real-life examples from foreign language teaching curricula, presented their good practices on the curriculum development process, explained how curriculum is designed, who should be involved in its enhancement, how the feedback can be integrated into the development process, described different stages of curriculum development. Our European partners also presented their approaches and methods to quality management and quality assurance, introduced quality monitoring procedures, suggested institutions and experts from different fields that can be in curriculum quality assurance based on their own experience. They underlined the necessity for student involvement in curriculum improvement through student feedback.
- The Media Literacy webinar series, organized by Lifelong Learning Centre University of Tartu under the Erasmus Programme, was launched in mid December 2020. The lectures delivered by Lauri Hussar, a well-known Estonian journalist, provided participants a unique opportunity to have an insight into the modern media discourse. The series included 7 Modules covering topics selected with regard to participants’ expectations. The focus was on describing approaches to developing critical thinking and gaining skills in designing media literacy syllabus. The organizers generously shared all lecture material with participants. The webinars will result in publishing a coursebook on media literacy. The participants were offered to fill in a questionnaire concerning the book content and invited to take part in writing it.
- CLIL training was held via Web platform Moodle at Tartu University and presupposed the introducing of flipped classroom technology. The course comprised of five modules. Each member of MultiEd team had an access to the online modules to watch the presentations, video and read the literature recommended that facilitated further group discussion in interactive workshops. The moderators of the seminar were Dr.Sue Garton (Aston University, Birmingham,UK) and Dr. Elizabeth Wielander (Aston University, Birmingham,UK). The MultiEd team highly appreciated the moderators of both seminars.As a result of the project, each participant gave a CLIL lesson and enriched their ways of teaching subjects in English.
- Online CLIL Webinars by the British Council. On the 11th of November the MultiEd representatives of CLIL group participated in a series of ELTRA webinars on the theme of “CLIL and EMI – from School to Higher Education”.