TEMPUS Project Visits

Tashkent 2016 - Closing Ceremony

This was a major dissemination event for the project and had a dual purpose:

  1. Presentations from all PCIs on the project in their context
  2. Cascade training by PCIs aimed at language teachers/teacher trainers in different universities in partner countries. 

The training workshops were prepared on the basis of each content module and were practical in focus. They demonstrated the type of teaching/learning that is promoted by the modules. The following workshops took place:

  1. Introductory session on learner-centered teaching (European partners)
  2. Principles of materials evaluation and design in language teaching (CDE group)
  3. Task-Based Learning and Teaching (FLT group)
  4. Training novice teachers to teach age-appropriately (AAP group)
  5. Using technology to teach language skills (TLT group)
Module Planning Session in Progress - Freiburg 2016

The main aim of this mobility was to evaluate the implementation of the modules during the first pilot year of teaching and to revise the module materials on the basis of the evaluation.

Initial meetings on module feedback

Teams first reported back on the implementation of the modules in each Partner Country:

  1. YSPU – using the materials in existing modules on an existing programme
  2. VSU – have a new MA programme using all the modules. Modules are also being used for in-service teacher training.
  3. TSU – materials from the modules have been used for in-service teacher training.
  4. KNLU – modules used as new modules on an existing MA programme but will have a new MA from next year.
  5. MNU – curriculum change made to incorporate new modules
  6. UzSWLU – experimental group set up with new modules
  7. SamSIFL – experimental group set up with new modules

 

Feedback was gathered from all partner institutions about the implementation of the modules during the pilot year.  All reports were generally positive, from both students and staff.

Working groups on module revisions

The majority of the workshop was taken up with teams working in parallel groups on revising different modules. All module teams went through their materials in detail, making collective decisions on what to change and taking into account any alternative materials that had been made available by those who had taught the modules. Teams made many revisions as they worked, with just some changes noted for follow-up work. 

The overall consensus was that great progress was made towards finalising the materials for the general Project platform 

24 representatives of universities of France, Great Britain, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan met at the University of Education, Freiburg from 9-25 January, 2015

The programme was well organized and highly effective. It included a series of meetings, workshops, discussions, presentations.

First of all, it was very useful and beneficial to learn about the programmes and resources for preparing pre-service teachers at the University of Education, Freiburg. Moreover, Prof. Dr Matthias Hutz and Vivienne Mellor-Schwartze shared their experience of organizing blended master’s programme using ILIAS for the programme delivery.

In Freiburg the project members from both EU partners and PCs carried on working on the content of Blended MA Programme for teachers. They were divided into 7 teams according to the number of the modules of the future programme and worked collaboratively on the detailed outline of the content for a particular module, its aims, learning outcomes, structure and topics. As a result of the discussion, a basic module structure was created. A module consists of 4 units, each unit contains 3 lessons and each institution was assigned to be responsible for further development of the content of a lesson or a unit. In addition, module leaders were chosen for encouraging communication and work within the team.
All the project members participated in the workshops conducted by the EU partners: Sue Garton, Nur Hooton, Muna Morris Adams, Matthias Hutz, Pierre Larrivee. It was a great opportunity to gain new knowledge and skills needed for successful implementation of the future programme. Thus, all the participants managed to agree on some principles of the programme delivery such as the importance of learner-centered language teaching methodologies, a loop-input approach to training and types of activities.

Another important issue that was discussed during the visit was the proportion of face-to-face and on-line learning. Taking into consideration the national standards and requirements in the educational systems of PCs it was agreed that each institution would decide the model of blended learning that might be appropriate for their teaching environment. But all materials are required to be prepared for the on-line platform.

The training courses ended with reflection on what the project members had been doing for two-week interactive and fruitful work and the creation of the action plan. In general, all the participants were highly satisfied with the results of their discussions and went home motivated to be involved in the further work and collaboration.

Special thanks to Prof. Dr Matthias Hutz and his colleagues of the University of Education, Freiburg, for their hospitality and help and making the visit pleasantly unforgettable.

A project training workshop was held in Freiburg University of Education  (Germany) from October 25 to November 7, 2014.

During the training workshop the members of the project had an opportunity:
1. To observe teacher training  in Germany by:
•    visiting   lessons  at  Freiburg University of Education and observing teaching practice at schools; 
•    participating in sessions  on  the models of blended and distance learning and resources.
2.  To plan the modules and content of the new blended MA program via:
•    analysis of models of professional  competence in different national contexts;
•    discussion of video-lessons presented by all country-partners;
•    study of the teaching plans existing in different national contexts;
•    discussion of the suggested subjects for the modernization of MA programmes;
•    project of the modules, their structure and content
•    discussion of the challenges of the suggested modules
•    appointment of the responsible country-partner for modules’ design.

Without doubt,  observations, discussions and exchanging experiences on modern language teacher training in Germany and other partner-countries contributed much  to the development of project  modules, their structure and content.

(Gulnara Makhkamova, UzSWLU)
In accordance with the DeTEL project planning, the teachers of PC HEIs involved in the project visited the Department of School of Languages and Social Sciences at the Aston University in the period between October 19 - November 1, 2014 to participate  at the training in modern methods of language teaching, as well as design and delivery of on-line courses.

The participants had arrived from 7 partner-institutions from Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
Observation of  lessons at different educational levels demonstrated a greater  variety of courses which differ in titles, content or presentation. For example, at BSc level we visited classes in ‘Psychology of language and Communication’, ‘Spoken discourse analysis’, ‘Across Time and Space’, ‘Research Methods’, ‘Variations of English’, which made a deep impression on us.

On the MA TESOL course we visited ‘English teaching practice’, ‘Analyzing written and Spoken discourse’ and ‘Approaches to learning and teaching’, which were also very useful to observe from the point of view of the use of technology.  

Moreover the training sessions involved meetings with trainee school teachers of Sidney Stringer Academy for firsthand acquaintance with teacher training and placement system in the UK. We had also a session on diversified ways of using computer technologies in foreign languages and the VLE of Aston University which helped us to draft a preliminary list of required hardware and software for the further work of the project at our universities..

The well-organised teamwork, the friendly atmosphere and high professionalism of all Aston professors – Dr Sue Garton, Dr Muna Adams, Dr Nur Hooton, Mr Dave Pollard and all others – has made this training extremely fruitful, and full of new ideas and resources for  very crucial things, such as identification of methodology, names of the modules and content of new MA programme, setting up of international module teams, better awareness of the blended learning principles (on-line versus face-to-face teaching), etc.
The   objectives of the training have been fully achieved, the courses of the new MA programme  identified and next project steps outlined and approved.

Last but not least, we have highly appreciated the cultural programme over weekends- visiting London, Stratford-on-Avon, Cambridge, Birmingham Museum, Golden Horde Exhibition, Jewellery Museum, theatre performances- all that added to the pleasure of enjoying ‘live English language and culture’.
Thanks, Aston! Thanks, Birmingham! We miss you!   

Zulfiya Tukhtakhodjaeva (UzSWLU)

Nargiza Makhmudova

Uzbekistan State World Languages University
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
From May 25th 2014 to June 7th 2014 project members visited Freiburg Pedagogical University. The purpose of the visit was to find out more about the language teacher training experience in Germany.
During the two weeks partners shared their experience in training language teachers in Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, learned more about teacher training in Germany and specifics of training English language teachers at Freiburg Pedagogical University. They also discussed the basic principles of the future master programme. The group observed different classes in English language teaching and methodology at Freiburg Pedagogical University, visited two different secondary schools and took part in the workshop ‘Developing a Blended Masters Programme’ conducted by Vivienne Mellor-Schwartze.

During the visit members of the project had an opportunity to visit the most popular tourist attractions in Freiburg, enjoyed the beauty of the small town Breisach with its famous vineyards and tasted traditional German sausages.
Olena Kucheryna (KNLU)