Workshop, 24-26 September 2008
On Tuesday 23rd September Dr Peter MacIntyre, Dr Fernando Trujillo, Dr Mercè Bernaus, Sofie Jonckheere and Dr Áine Furlong prepared the meeting. Martine Kervran could not attend this workshop due to imminent submission of her doctoral thesis.
The agenda was examined in great detail and revised very carefully, some changes were made, additional short presentations were prepared and materials were reviewed.
At 7.30 pm the team welcomed the participants informally at Liwino´s restaurant.
On Wednesday 24th September the workshop started at 9am and participants were welcomed both by the team and by Michael Armstrong on behalf of ECML. After warming-up activities, participants´expectations and concerns were elicited by means of a simple questionnaire (“my suitcase”). The project overview and rationale were presented in the morning. After lunch awareness-raising activities were conducted. These activities were followed by two presentations on content-based teaching in Canada and Belgium. The proceedings were highly interactive.
In anticipation of the European day of languages, participants were asked to supply Fernando Trujillo with favourite words and corresponding translations. The day was evaluated by the participants very positively. The day concluded with a very successful multi-cultural party at 11.15 pm.
On Thursday 25th September we started at 8.30am. The team provided the evaluation of the previous day. The kit materials designed by the team were distributed among the participants. Six groups were formed to enable the evaluation of the materials by the participants. Evaluation guidelines as well as indicators of quality were provided. A plenary followed with participants´ critical reviews and suggestions. The day proved to be very constructive, both for the participants and the team. This approach was highly valued by participants. Once more, the day was evaluated very positively.
On Friday 26th September
at 8.45am the participants were greeted with a specially created web site
which projected the words collected on the first workshop day accompanied by a corresponding picture. The previous day´s evaluation was presented. Groups were formed once more after the explanation of the template for the design of materials. Participants developed content-based activities which incorporated a plurilingual approach. These activities were presented and discussed by the team and the group. Based on participants´ activities and responses, the team believes that the concept underpinning the aims of ConBaT+ was successfully grasped by the majority of participants.
The action plan along with tasks for the next stage were explained to the participants.
The project web site was presented. The final evaluation of the workshop for the team and for the ECML was conducted with very positive results.
Michael Armstrong and the team closed the proceedings. Conbat+ is very grateful for the reception hosted for the participants and the team at the Stadtmuseum. The team is also grateful for the support of the ECML staff throughout these days.