Erasmus+ project meeting in Wroclaw, Poland
The third meeting of the Erasmus+ project “Cultural knowledge and language competences as a means to develop the 21st century skills” (Project No.: 2018-1-HR01-KA204-047430) was held in Wroclaw, Poland. The meeting organised by the project partner, Fundacja Pro Scientia Publica (Poland) was attended by representatives of all other project partners – Tourism and Catering School Dubrovnik (Croatia), Ekonomska šola Murska Sobota (Slovenia), Universitatea Sapientia din Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Vyšší odborná škola, Střední průmyslová škola a Obchodní akademie,Čáslav (Czech Republic) and Turiba University (Latvia).
Turiba University was represented by the head of the Department of Languages Professor Ineta Luka and lecturer Sundars Vaidesvarans.
Following a warm welcome address the partners moved on to the analysis of preliminary results of the project and a self-evaluation report presented by Prof. Ineta Luka from TURIBA University, Latvia. Discussions on the progress made in the design of O2 courses – cultural courses in national languages with the aim of developing 21st century skills and the cultural knowledge of their participants, followed during the rest of the day. Partners discussed issues encountered during the adaptation of the courses, agreed on a common approach and presented their achievements insofar, sharing some more creative ideas with each other. The discussions were moderated by Dr. Zsuzsa Ajtony from Sapientia University, Romania, who are in charge of the Output 2 phase of the project.
Project participants also attended the conference “Education, Culture and Society 2019” organised jointly by the Polish partner, Fundacja Pro Scientia Publica and the University of Wrocław. One of the keynote speakers during the plenary session was Prof. Ineta Luka, who presented a paper on “Developing Adult Learners’ 21st Century Skills in a Culture-Based Language Learning Course” in which she addressed the project, its achievements and the main challenges in adult learning. The first day of the conference ended with a theatre play “Reflections. Marked. Six secrets. Some painful” (dir. Assistant Prof. Aleksander Kobylarek) performance by the Teatr Czarny. The Teatr Czarny is a theatrical group of seniors from the Wrocław’s University of the Third Age. The Third Age University, founded in 1975, educates elderly people in the field of foreign languages, new technologies, general knowledge, health, gerontology and history of the region. This is one of the major audiences that the present project addresses and project partners had the possibility to interact with the performers and learn first-hand experience about the system of adult tertiary education in Poland, the courses offered to seniors and also about their interest in enhancing their cultural knowledge and language competences.
Workshops on the project were conducted during the second day of the conference and all the conference participants had the opportunity to get hands on experience of learning materials designed so far during the first phase of the project. The workshops were conducted by Erna Voroš from Ekonomska sola Murska Sobota, Slovenia. The afternoon was spent on discussing forthcoming deadlines. Plans for dissemination activities were reviewed and the project coordinator explained the reporting procedures and clarified issues related to documents and reporting templates. The preliminary dates for the next partner meeting in the Czech Republic were also agreed upon.
In the evening Project participants had a wonderful tour of cultural attractions of the city of Wroclaw with a guided excursion of the Jewish heritage and its influence on the city of Wroclaw.
Project partners also had the opportunity to get acquainted with the cultural heritage of Lower Silesia, the region of Poland in which Wrocław is situated. They visited three places: the Lower Silesia Monuments Miniature Park, where they saw all of the most amazing castles, churches, cathedrals and other buildings in the area in miniature; the Underground City Osówka, which is an impressive, underground complex of the unknown aim and origin built by the Nazis during the Second World War; and the Church of Peace in Świdnica, which is the largest wooden church inscribed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. Thus, the project partners could experience the Polish Cultural heritage described in the study modules.
Further detailed information regarding the project, its objectives and outcomes can be found on the official project webpage at http://culture-language.eu
Project team member
Lecturer of the Department of Languages
Information on the meeting is available also on Turiba University webpage:
In English: http://www.turiba.lv/en/aktualitates/culture-and-languages-project-meeting-in-wroclaw-poland/3514/
In Latvian: http://www.turiba.lv/lv/aktualitates/valodu-katedras-parstavju-vizite-polija/3513/
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