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Seminars on EMI and CLIL at PH Zug, Switzerland

International visits and teacher mobility experiences are, without a doubt, one of the biggest perks of my job. They are enriching in so many ways, but perhaps foremost among them is that they make you see what you do back home in a new light.

In November 2018 I was lucky to visit the delightful town of Zug, close to Zurich, as part of the Swiss-European Mobility Programme. The visit was a short one – just two days of work, one of them devoted to visiting local schools, and the other one to teaching at the university.

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During my day at PH Zug, I conducted seminar presentations on three topics:

  • The Comunidad de Madrid Bilingual Education Program
  • Scaffolding Instructional techniques for CLIL Primary Education
  • Effective scaffolding of learning in EMI higher education courses

It was definitely fascinating to try to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of such an ambitious CLIL program as the one we have in Madrid together with students and teachers who are working in a context where there are very limited CLIL experiences, mainly some EMI instruction in public high schools.

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With Dr Olivia Green, who kindly organized my timetable of teaching and school visits

It was also exciting hearing about how PH Zug’s gradual efforts at implementing EMI in teacher training courses is contributing to the university’s internationalization, and at the same time is welcome by the national German-speaking students.

More so, there is also some work being done on using French as a medium of instruction, and promoting French CLIL in German-speaking schools. I can’t think of a better way of promoting a true multilingualism and building bridges between the different language communities of such a diverse country as Switzerland.

In an age where the European integration project has come under attack, it’s inspiring to be able to enjoy experiences of international cooperation and sharing of ideas as the ones I enjoyed during my short stay in Zug.

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Who’s who at the college. What a great idea!

 

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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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