International Week at UCC (Denmark)

Participating in UCC’s International Week  on 13-15 April has definitely been one of the highlights of my year. I’d been planning to visit Denmark as an exchange teacher for many years, but this week turned out to be a much better experience than a regular Erasmus STA trip. Indeed, in a normal Erasmus faculty visit one often feels rather isolated, as the opportunities of meeting students and other faculty members is rather limited.

During these three days, on the contrary, participants at the International Week were given the opportunity to

– Deliver seminars to local teacher training students. In my case, I was able to hold seminars on two of my areas of interest, “Using micro fiction in language teaching” and “Thinking Routines in CLIL”.

– Meet, and mingle with, Danish and international lecturers in formal and informal contexts, promoting new partnerships and joint research projects. In fact, it seems that we’ll be joining universities from Turkey, Belgium, Portugal and Ireland for an Erasmus project!

– Meet local students interested in UCC’s exchange programmes with other universities.

– Hear about research projects at UCC’s Education departament.

As you may imagine, I was able to do lots walking and running around, getting to visit fabulous neighborhoods such as Christianshavn, Norrebro and famous Christiania. And, no less, hear lots of people speak like the characters of Forbrydelsen or Borgen, two great Danish series I’ve been watching lately. (No luck bumping into Sara Lund, though).

Special thanks go the organizers of the International Week, especially International coordinators Sabine Lam and Kirsten Lauta. And, of course, to our local coordinator at CES Don Bosco, Patricia Revuelta.

And now for some visuals:

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Nyhavn – your classic sight!

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Cool office buildings. I believe this is where Borgen series’ TV 1 offices are located.

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Host teacher and students discussing micro fiction!

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Venue of most of the teaching – close to Norreport station

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Norrebro sight

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Hmmm…..I think I’ve seen you before!

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Standard coffee machines at UCC. These Danes know about quality of living

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No – things just don’t get cooler than this

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