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Vilmos Zita

2017. október 31., kedd 06:00

No Place in Class for Digital Illiterates

With the support of an Erasmus grant I spent two wonderful weeks (3-14 July, 2017) in Brighton as a participant of  Teaching English with Technology course in the English Language Center. The course was led by Ed Russell, a well-known teacher trainer and book-writer who has substantial experience in the field of TECH.

The TECH course is designed for all teachers of English who wish to integrate, explore and develop the use of technology in language teaching.  

In my group there were twelve teachers from six different countries, Spain, Italy, the Czech Republic, Poland, Finland and Hungary. This international environment inspired us greatly and gave us the chance to get acquainted with each other, learn about the different countries and their education systems. The classroom had a very pleasant atmosphere thanks to our tutor, Ed. With his special personality he helped us to get rid of our inhibition easily.

He gave us the opportunity to share our knowledge and professional experience too. The course focused on how technology can support language learning and can be integrated into teaching. It  equipped us with practical and engaging ideas we can use in our classrooms, and  enabled us to learn about technology through experimentation with various tech tools. Ed used a wide range of on-line resources to create a stimulating, professional and supportive learning environment, and adapted the content  of the course to the needs and interests of the group.

One of the most unforgettable experiences was a short visit to a primary school where we got a brief but thorough review about the English education system, the school environment and facilities. This course was well-planned and absolutely met my expectations, in truth, exceeded them. I can’t wait to test these new ideas in my English classes.

During the two weeks we had quite a lot of free-time to discover the beauties of Brighton and its countryside. The receiving organization offered optional long trips and tours for us. For example  a visit to Cambridge, where we could go punting on the River Cam, enjoyed a picnic in the park, joined a walking tour of the city; to Greenwich, the home of time, where Eastern and Western hemispheres meet. My other passion was the Sussex countryside, in particular the many beautiful walks that lead through  picturesque villages, the vast expanse of the National Park known as the South Downs and, of course, the breathtaking views from the cliff tops.

I encourage everybody who wants to improve his/her confidence in using technology in his/her classes and his/her digital literacy to be part of this TECH course. Thanks to Erasmus+ for the great experience!

2017. január 16., hétfő 09:37

Adventures of a Primary Teacher in Oxford

With the support of an Erasmus grant I spent two wonderful weeks (4-15 July, 2016) in Oxford as a participant of ’Creative Teaching in the Primary School’ course in the Lake School of English. The course was held by Sarah Walker, a well-known teacher trainer and book-writer who has substantial experience in the field of TEFL.

In my group there were ten teachers from six different countries, Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Brazil and Hungary. This international environment inspired us greatly and gave us the chance to get acquainted with each other, learn about the different countries and their education systems. The classroom had a very pleasant atmosphere thanks to our tutor, Sarah. With her personal charm she helped us get rid of our inhibition easily.

 She gave us the opportunity to share our knowledge and professional experience too. The course focused on useful teaching methodology for primary teachers, using up-to-date, creative and motivating teaching techniques. We learnt about the CLIL, and how to apply stories, tales, songs and rhymes in the primary classroom. Sarah used a wide range of on-line and off-line resources to create a stimulating, professional and supportive learning environment, and adapted the content of the course to the needs and interests of the group.

One of the most unforgettable experiences was a short visit to the St. Andrew’s Church of England Primary School in Headington where we got a brief but thorough review about the English education system, the school environment and facilities. This course was well-planned and absolutely met my expectations, in truth, exceeded them. I can’t wait to test these new ideas in my English classes.

During the two weeks we had quite a lot of free-time to discover the beauties of Oxford and its countryside, not to mention its pubs, where we tried classic home-made brown ales, and the coffee shops where we tasted the traditional cream tea. It is a form of afternoon tea, consisting of tea with a combination of scones, clotted cream, and jam. I am not brave enough to decide who is correct regarding the cream tea tradition, Devon (cream first, then jam) or Cronwall (jam first, then cream). Does this make any difference to the taste? For a gourmand maybe, but not for me, I really liked it both ways. The receiving organization offered optional long trips and tours for us. The Isle of Wight’s chalk downland ridge, the Blenheim Palace with a lock of the baby Winston Churchill’s blonde hair and the evensong in the Christ Church left everlasting memories for me.

I encourage everybody working with children to be part of an Erasmus programme at least once to recharge their batteries, and hear and learn new teaching approaches. Thanks to Erasmus+ for the great experience!

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