Methods courses and pilot testing of the IWP Portfolio in Slovenia

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.

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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.

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