These days, on the basis of the German Center at the ZNU, there was another three-day seminar for school teachers of the German language, which will work with the first-graders from the new school year. The event is coordinated by Natalia Shapochka, Senior Lecturer at the Department of German Philology and Translation Faculty of Foreign Philology.
Since the beginning of the current academic year, ZNU, as well as other universities throughout Ukraine, have varied trainings for foreign language teachers, piloting new educational materials and monitoring results. This is envisaged by the project of retraining foreign language teachers who will implement a new state standard of elementary school within the framework of the implementation of the concept of the New Ukrainian School. The project is being implemented in cooperation between the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and the British Council in Ukraine, the Cambridge University Press and the Cambridge English Language Assessment, the Goethe-Institute and the French Embassy in Ukraine.
Participation in the third seminar, which, from the beginning of the current academic year, takes place on the basis of ZNU, took almost 20 teachers of German language from schools in Zaporozhzhia region. They worked in groups using a variety of interactive forms of activities. The main task was to prepare the participants for work with children of junior school age, who will now study this foreign language profoundly from the first grade.
The project coordinator at ZNU Natalia Shapochka said: "An important point in preparing German teachers for working with first-class students is in-depth acquaintance with psychological peculiarities of teaching a foreign language of a child of this age, as well as theoretical and educational-methodical aspects. During the training workshop, we looked at examples of video tutorials developed by teachers from schools in other countries, as well as participants of the event willingly shared their experiences with colleagues, which is important in the exchange of experience. Finally, the teachers themselves developed a plan, picked up materials for the lesson, including lyrics, etc., adapting them to their school audience. And then they tried their work together with other participants in the workshop. "