After an interesting online meeting yesterday with all our partners, we are looking forward to meeting face-2-face in Sweden at the end of this month. It will also be great to welcome our Swedish partner Richard Baldwin here in Karlsruhe next week. Together we will visit some local schools, have a German beer tasting and work on a joint paper which focuses the promotion of international collaboration among pre-service language teachers through short stays abroad. Further, Richard will join our second course session next weekend, where we will be discussing ways to integrate action research in our own CPD and possible digital tools that can support reflective practices.
Great first two days starting off the proPIC course here at the University of Education Karlsruhe with the second cohort of students. Really interesting discussions on how to improve English teacher education in Germany, particularly on how to integrate more language competence and increase the encouragement for students to talk freely in courses/classes. Next to talking about various methods and approaches of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in the context of language teacher education and training using mobile technologies and integrating research-orientation, our students set up their dialogic e-portfolios. We are looking forward to further interesting sessions and research projects, and of course to getting to know the international students from the other partner universities.
Our Newcastle team have set up a blog to record their experiences during the ProPIC project. Please give it a follow! Newcastle students and international students are welcome to contribute - just get in touch if you would like to post about your study weeks or your projects.
The blog can be viewed at propicnewcastle.wordpress.com, or you can find it under the Project Partners tab.
Today was the last course session of the first proPIC cohort in Karlsruhe. It was interesting to hear how everyone experienced the proPIC study week, visiting our partners in Kiel, Borås, Barcelona, and Newcastle. We are delighted to have received such positive feedback from all international students! Further it was exciting and inspiring to hear about the individual research projects that our students developed. We are looking forward to read an academic paper on the impact of international collaboration on the professional development on future language teachers by Ms Haubensak, to find out more about how the iPad or tablet can support individual student's learning needs in the EFL classroom from Mr Vieth and Ms Stürzebecher, to learn how the VEO (Video Enhanced Observation) App can foster dialogic reflection on pronunciation skills from Ms Specker, and to see an innovative Video Tutorial by Ms Blaich, Ms Binder and Ms Flöck on the online application 'Kahoot'.
Last weekend (June 29 - July 01, 2018) the ECLL took place in Brighton, UK. The 'proPIC Europa' project was represented through Götz Schwab, who introduced and presented the project to an international audience on Saturday.
From Monday (18 June 2018) until Wednesday (20 June 2018) the proPIC team met again at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK.
After a short overview of the development of the project as well as the general project management, the focus soon shifted towards the content. On the First day the partners presented each other the implementation of the developed study programme at their university.
The evening was spent at the riverside of Newcastle in a nice Italian restaurant.
On Tuesday the partners worked in international pairs to give feedback on the interactive tutorials produced by the different partner universities. In an open and very constructive discussion the content of the tutorials was adapted and the order of the tutorials was rearranged to fit to the study programme. After discussing the organization and the financing of the study week, the partners headed to Durham. Where Paul Seedhouse gave them a tour of the city as well as the cathedral.
After talking about the study week in more detail and the implementation of the ePortfolios in the project, Mareike Oesterle, Isabel Murillo Wilstermann and Azahara Cuesta García presented their PhDs.
It was a very productive meeting and great seeing everyone again. A big 'thank you' to our hosts in Newcastle - Paul Seedhouse and Elizabeth Hidson!
It has been a very productive and interesting second proPIC Europa seminar at the University of Education Karlsruhe - talking about how to integrate practitioner research in language teaching and learning here in our context of primary and secondary education in Baden-Württemberg. The students started working on their own research projects by formulating research questions and trying out different research frameworks. Thanks to all the students who are taking part in our course, you’ve done a great job so far and we are looking forward to your research projects and innovative products!
On Friday 19 April 2018 course I started at the University of Education Karlsruhe. Eighteen students joined the seminar on Friday in the afternoon and on Saturday. The students were introduced to different digital tools and already started to collaborate with the other partner institutions via slack. We are looking forward to continue this course in June. Meanwhile, the students will work on interactive tutorials.
Today we had our second online meeting. It was great seeing everyone again and to welcome a new team member!
We talked about different aspects of the project management, as well as specified aspects of the study programme.