Nous avons rencontré le maire et la directrice de l’office du tourisme de la ville port-louis afin de leur présenter les différentes méthodes et leur exposer le volet touristique du projet METHODS qui est l’édu-tourism, ils ont étés convaincus par l’idée que cela pourrait accélérer le développement économique de leur zone. Ils nous ont alors donnés leurs accords de principe pour nous fournir les aides dont nous avons besoins.
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The final meeting took place in Guadeloupe from June 29th to July 3rd 2015. All the partners met to work on the project outcomes. We evaluated the work that has been done since the beginning of the project and we compiled a list of things to do until the end of September 2015. We were very efficient and productive working in groups so as to organise the final conference of the project.
More than 80 persons attended the final conference that took place on July 2nd 2015 at Gerty Archimède Vocational High School. They first had an overview of the project and the work done by each team during the 2 years. Then, they understood the advantages of using the methods to promote “Edu-tourism” in Guadeloupe. Finally, they participated in 2 work sessions in order to discover what it is possible to do with the methods. All the participants appreciated the conference and we got a lot of positive remarks and comments. Most of them promised they would use the methods in the language classes and even in other classes that do not involve languages.
Simulations work session
The annual MCAST Expo in Malta is being held over the next few days to present the array of Institutes and opportunities that MCAST Malta can offer potential new students and life long learners. Our team was able to have a space near the Maritime Institute to showcase Methods and the 5 teaching methodologies. We handed out brochures and our latest newsletters and talked with vocational lecturers and students about our project. We were so glad to be able to reach out and share our excitement for these methods and the opportunities to enhance our classrooms and provide greater learning opportunities. We wanted to showcase to students that our teaching strategies are engaging and exciting. There was a positive vibe and great feedback for these teaching methods and students are excited to see them in the classroom and workshops!
On the 16 of June 2015 the EfVET was attending the Annual EUCIS-LLL conference “Lifelong Learning: Paving the way to Learning and Qualifications” in Luxembourg (Luxembourg). The conference was aimed to assess progress and formulate recommendations for the future of EU and national learning strategies (ET2020 strategy) at a time when the EU is revising its own policies and tools. By sharing their practices across sectors, delegates were able to found relevant partners for their own initiatives and gain innovative ideas in a “practice to policy approach“. EfVET did a short presentation during the workshop „DIGITAL PEDAGOGY“ -this workshop aims at discussing how new technologies can have a positive impact on learning, before, during and after. And also EfVET distributed a leaflet to all delegates.
During the Development days in Brussels Ms. Valentina Chanina disseminated Pools and Methods to Mr. Felix Meyer from DVV International, showed the website and the pilot course. The ideas about the manual support tools for teaching were also discussed and shared. After the presentation Mr. Meyer had a long discussion about Vocational learning and education which also includes education and learning opportunities for younger citizenship.
One of the project friends, Babelium has delivered impressive results:
- After many months of video production, almost 400 videos in English, French, German, and Spanish have been created by the Babelium team. All of the video exercises have been created under a Creative Commons licence so that they are freely available for use by anyone and can be adapted by teachers if necessary to meet the learning requirements of their students.
- The project is currently finishing its piloting phase in which any potential issues are being identified via user feedback and implemented in the platform.
- During this piloting phase which is taking place in France, Latvia and Spain, all of the videos will be available at http:// llp.babeliumproject.com. Once the piloting has concluded, the required changes and improvements will be implemented and the final platform will be made available at http://www.babeliumproject.com
- Last week we had the fourth partners meeting in Galway and we reviewed and discussed the feedbacks obtained during the piloting phase.
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- More information and news about Babelium can be found on the project website, www.babelium-project.eu.
Two Methods pilot courses were implemented with language teachers from the regional schools, mainly secondary VET schools covering different sectors of education: technical sector (civil engineering, electrical engineering, ICT, logistic) medical sector, horticulture and visual arts. Most participants chose the simulations method as their favourite because it offers a wide range of possibilities to foster workplace-related communication. As such this method can also successfully be used for the linguistic preparation for mobility which was recognized as the added value. Beside simulations the participants found PhyEmoC and Task Based learning most interesting and suitable for the use in the classroom. The Methods videos again proved to be an important motivating element in the introductory phase (practice before theory). During the course the ideas for new lesson plans were presented by each participant and then discussed within the group. Currently, new materials are being created within the follow-up activities of the course.
The general conclusion of the courses was that Methods represent an exhaustive resource for all language teachers who have already recognized the need for changes and new approaches in languages teaching and learning.
We had another opportunity to introduce the International Work Placement Guide and Portfolio to a group of students from 3 VET schools in Italy . They are doing their work placements in Celje within the Erasmus+ KA1 project where SŠGT Celje took the role of the receiving organisation. They will complete the IWP Portfolio as a supporting document for their mobility and fill in the evaluation questionnaire before leaving Slovenia.
Soft skills – don’t let the soft fool you they can be hard to teach. Communication, mannerisms and leadership skills need to be modeled. The Simulation Method is a great tool to help model such skills and practice using them. During the Methods Meeting at MCAST I was lucky enough to give a brief workshop on the Simulation Method. There had been a lot of talk about soft skills, or sometimes the lack thereof, shown by students who work abroad or apprentice. I came up with this simulation for thinking about and using soft skills. Although we didn’t have time to actually turn our board room into a tourist shop, we were still able to predict what our students would face in a foreign workplace and what they would feel confused about. This simulation would give students an opportunity to practice and determine what a soft skill is and why it is so important in the workplace. For more information or a copy of the Handout checkout out our website.
Dissemination of CLIL and Methods – LSU Unit Day 2015
The MCAST team had a great opportunity to disseminate the 5 Methods of teaching strategies outlined in the Project to the Learning Support Unit (LSU) lecturers. This unit specializes in teaching key skills to foundation level students (Level 1 and 2). LSU lecturers also interact closely with vocational lecturers to ensure content is a key component to delivery in Math, Maltese, English, IT and PD (Professional Development). Responding to an email sent out to the department, a brief power point was delivered to 23 participants.
We had an opportunity to take questions from lecturers and who showed genuine interest in developing their teaching skills and learning about strategies and tools that will facilitate the development of their lesson design and encourage student activity. All present agreed that TBL is the most popular method they use till now, but that they really wish to know more about the process and attend a future course to develop and practice creating new lessons using Methods explained to hone in on their lesson design skill
Lecturers were divided into groups of four and participated in a Simulation activity. The simulation was developed for the Institute of Agriculture and Business. (see attached worksheet) Teams had to read between four field choices and choose the best one that would fit the needs of their class project as outlined in the student brief. This went extremely well. Lecturers got to see that this method evokes discussion and requires use of prior knowledge and critical thinking skills. It helps develop their competency in both language and content of subject.
The MCAST team was very excited with the outcome of this workshop and look forward to holding more workshops that will provide further discussion and practice of the different Methods.
Julie Galea, LSU Lecturer, MCAST