On 31 August 2023 Nemira Mačianskienė presented the ongoing work of the APATCHE project, the development of Modules for the Open Online Course and the website of the project. Target group: language teachers at the Institute of Foreign Languages, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania.
Blended Intensive Program LANGUAGES IN HIGHER EDUCATION: PLURILINGUAL APPROACHES AND INFORMAL LEARNING FORMATS
APATCHE project members prof. dr. Kris Peeters, prof. dr. Nemira Mačianskienė and assoc. prof. dr. Vilma Bijeikienė organized a Workshop Adding Plurilingual Approaches to Language Teacher Competences in Higher Education during the BIP, held by VMU on 8 June 2023. The participants of BIP were acquainted with:
- plurilingual approaches in teaching languages in higher education;
- the latest developments in the European language policy;
- a new tool Descriptive Scale of Plurilingual Competence created by APATCHE project team.
The participants were also challenged in a discussion on monolingual versus plurilingual approach to language learning.
Next BIP event – a post-program online call will be held by Nemira Mačianskienė on 20 June.
On 27 April Nemira Mačianskienė and Vilma Bijeikienė (VMU) organized a discussion ‘Adding Plurilingual Approaches to Teachers‘ Competences in Higher Education’ and introduced the APATCHE project as one of the best practices aiming to foster plurilingual competence development. Target group: multilingual and multicultural participants of International Staff Teaching Week '23 at VMU.
On 10 March Vilma Bijeikienė (VMU) visited ADA University, the most international university in Azerbaijan, Baku, where she delivered a presentation on the Implementation of VMU language policy. Much attention was paid on the APATCHE project as one of the best practices in VMU international cooperation to foster plurilingual competence development and internationalization. The audience of the event that included the teachers of English, Information Literacy and other fields as well as the administrative personnel from ADA School of Education were especially interested in APATCHE descriptive scale and the three modules in progress. The relevant concepts such as mediation, intercomprehension and translanguaging were also spotlighted in the discussion.
Daiva Pundziuvienė (VMU) introduced the APATCHE project and presented its expected outcomes in an online seminar “The Use of Mediation Strategies and Activities in Language Lessons”, organised on 11 April 2023. Target group: Lithuanian primary and secondary school language teachers.
Daiva Pundziuvienė (VMU) introduced the APATCHE project and presented its expected outcomes in a seminar “The Use of Mediation Strategies and Activities in Language Lessons”, organised at VMU on 21 February 2023. Target group: language teachers at the Institute of Foreign Languages, VMU.
Pedro Sousa (UAlg) presented the APATCHE project in the international meeting on “Multilingualism: Language Policy and Strategies in the EU”, organized by the Erasmus+ National Agency for Education and Training, 5-6 December 2022. A forum was promoted for future beneficiaries, academics and professors to exchange ideas about teaching, training and linguistic skills for the job market, schools and research. Additionally, current trends in multilingualism and its growth in the European Union were debated.
Manuel Célio Conceição (UAlg) presented his speech on current language policies, plurilingual awareness of HE teachers and the aims of the APATCHE project in the conference of the international association of the Portuguese language universities (AULP), 13 July 2022. Target group: rectors and deans from universities from the lusophone world.
Manuel Célio Conceição (UAlg) presented his speech on plurilingualism in HE in regard to employability, introducing the aims of the APATCHE project in Marrocos, 19 July 2022. Target group: university staff and researchers from different Moroccan, Portuguese, Spanish and French universities, responsible for curricular innovation.
Manuel Célio Conceição (UAlg) presented the APATCHE project as an example of good practice in CercleS event, 15-17 September 2022. Target group: heads of language centres.
Kris Peeters (UAntwerp) introduced recent contextual evolutions of plurilingualism at university and the rationale of the APATCHE project in his presentation “Plurilingual Integrated Approaches at University: now or ever“ in AICLU conference on 9 June 2022. Target group: HE teachers, researchers from EU countries.
- Maria Teresa Zanola (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano) organized the 12th AICLU International Conference “Plurilingual Integrated Approaches to the University: Methods, Training, Experiences”, 9 June 2022.
- Target group: HE teachers and researchers from EU countries, directors of language centers.
- The conference was attended by these members of the APATCHE project:
- Zanola, M.T, “Introductory speech” and “Final report”;
- Peeters, K., “Plurilingual Integrated Approaches at University: now or ever”;
- Gilardoni S., Cerizza A., Sartirana L., “Valorizzare forme di didattica plurilingue in università: l’esperienza del Servizio Linguistico di Ateneo dell’Università Cattolica”;
- Bijeikiene, V., Meskauskiene, A., Pundziuviene, D., Sabaliauskiene, R., “The Development of a University Language Learning Ecosystem“.