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