Within Erasmus+ project “Developing Competences for Efficient Use of Language, New Methodology and Innovative Technology in EFL Classroom” five teachers and course director from Blackbird language school from Serbia have completed their mobility programme with the partner organisation, York Associates from England.
Think of Erasmus+ and a variety of opportunities and one-of-a-kind experiences will come to your mind. The experience we gained varies from discovering new teaching approaches and gaining knowledge in the use of technology, to meeting new culture, making new friendships and discovering ourselves.
Discovering new teaching approaches
Teachers from Blackbird had gained valuable knowledge delivered form their host organization, York Associates, who proved to be an excellent choice for the project. Their immense experience was proved through practical courses led by highly professional teacher trainers. Both groups of teachers, one having the focus on technology skills, and the other on methodology, acquired the knowledge applicable in their lessons, but also the one applicable to projects they lead in their school. Teachers were introduced with new methodology ideas, as well as new IT skills that would definitely spice up their lessons. The course director, Ljubomir Vasojevic, adds that his job shadowing course and the possibility to exchange experiences with such an experienced institution was of high value, and that the knowledge he gained will definitely be applied in the process of course designing.
Meeting new culture
Imagine a city with Roman roots and a Viking past, where ancient walls surround contemporary independent shops and the wonderful cathedral takes the central part of the town. There are thirty world-class museums you can explore and a thriving cultural scene, and let us not forget that York was voted the best place to live in the UK by the Sunday Times. We have had the chance to learn about the history of the town from its inhabitants, more closely, from one of the employees of our partner organization, York Associates. Martin Bloomfield has shown us the Snickelways of York and took us into the exciting history of the town. Each day we experienced the domestic food, beverages and customs. Visiting the York Minster, watching the Shakespeare’s play, visiting the Chocolate factory were just some of the numerous exciting places our team visited.
Making new friendships
York offers an ideal multiculti environment. Socialising with our international colleagues from Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany and Italy was quite easy from the start. The team enjoyed spending time with these people in the lessons, exploring the city, or just sipping tea at the nearest cafe.
Our teachers had their dream come true visiting the place of origin of their greatest love – English language. They have enjoyed the experience but also learned a lot about themselves.
Reaching the goals
The conclusion among the participants of the project is that it was extremely useful and that it exceeded the expectations. All the members of the team expanded their knowledge in both methodology and technical field and look forward to exchanging the experiences with colleagues on national and international level.