Creating an e-course for teachers, developing a strategy for multilingual education, writing and updating study courses: the MultiEd project has planned work for 2021
On February 4, there took place a meeting of the partners of the Erasmus + KA2 project consortium "Foreign Language Teacher Training Capacity Development as a Way to Ukraine’s Multilingual Education and European Integration (MultiEd)". The work plan for 2021 was discussed there.
The grant holder the University of Tartu (Estonia) moderated this administrative and managerial meeting. There were present the coordinators and managers from the University of Tartu Kristina Kallas, Oleksandra Golovko and Christian Klauks. From Zaporizhzhia National University, the team was represented by Vice-Rector Gennadiy Vasylchuk, a coordinator, a Head of the Department of Theory and Practice of English Translation Svitlana Zapolskykh and manager, Associate Professor of Journalism Katerina Sirinyok-Dolgaryova.
The working meeting was very busy, as all European and Ukrainian partners had to discuss a joint action plan and decide on deadlines and reporting. Indeed, the work will be very active. By the end of the Spring semester, several areas of project activity will be developed.
First, the Aston University (UK) in cooperation with other EU partners - the University of Tartu (Estonia) and the Heidelberg University (Germany) - should organize a seminar for Ukrainian colleagues in order to create an e-course for teachers of Ukrainian secondary and higher education institutions. The e-course will be entitled "Integrated Learning Methodology subject and language (CLIL)” and is planned to be made publicly available on the e-learning platforms of the partner universities in Ukraine. This course will allow teachers to receive free resources, methodological works and the most up-to-date knowledge of the CLIL methodology from European and domestic experts and apply them in Ukrainian schools and HEIs.
Secondly, the European partners together with the National Erasmus + Office in Ukraine will hold a series of workshops and methodological meetings on the preparation of the syllabi and other methodological materials for Ukrainian HEIs, which according to the project plan should create new and update existing curricula and courses at foreign language faculties. This work will continue until launching and piloting of these courses, which will start in the 2021-2022 academic year.
Third, a large-scale area of work, which will be managed by ZNU in cooperation with the University of Tartu, is to conduct surveying of the students of Ukrainian HEIs about their experience in the multilingual education. Such a survey should be completed this semester, and its results will form the basis for writing multilingual education strategies in each of the participating universities and the National Recommendations for Multilingual Higher Education in Ukraine.
During the meeting, the partners also discussed current issues of the project, including the procurement of the equipment for Ukrainian universities and dissemination seminars, trainings and workshops, which should be conducted online until the end of the restrictive measures related to the coronavirus pandemic.