Partners of Erasmus+ IMPROvE_AGRO meet online
The Erasmus+ project "Internationalizing Master Programmes in Agriculture via English Medium Instruction" entered the active phase of implementation. The project is dedicated to solving an urgent task: strengthening cooperation between Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Russia in the field of training specialists for agriculture and forestry through the internationalization of Master's programs and the development of the institutional partnership.
On July 22, the Pedagogical University of Freiburg, the project coordinator, organized a meeting to evaluate the project implementation success with the UTMN project coordinators and collaborating EU countries.
The video conference was attended by representatives of all European partnering universities –Germany, Greece, and Great Britain, as well as members of an international consortium from Russia, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia.
Participants discussed the interim results of the project, adjusted further plan of action, and outlined the next activities under the current program.
An international online training seminar “Main principals and methods of English Medium Instruction (EMI) and Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)” was held from June 29 to July 3, 2020. Partners from the EU countries conducted a course of lectures and a master class on the educational modules of the program, among them, were: Dr. Matthias Hutz (Freiburg pedagogical University, Germany), Dr. Sue Garton, Elizabeth Wielander (Aston University, Birmingham, UK), as well as Valery Evdash, the head of the training center of UTMN.
English language teachers from partnering universities attended the workshops. They were introduced to the theoretical and practical principles of the English Medium Instruction (EMI) and Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) methods.
The idea behind the IMPROvE-AGRO project is to integrate EMI and CLIL methods into the framework of master's programs, where some disciplines and modules on agriculture and forestry would be taught in English. Highly trained teachers of the English language are the key to the success of the project. Their knowledge is necessary for preparing teachers of Agriculture and Forestry to teach in English. This series of seminars and workshops are the first step for implementing the project.
Previously, in May University of Tyumen and Agrarian University of Krasnoyarsk held an online training workshop dedicated to analyzing the results of the project implementation success assessment provided by the National office of the Erasmus+program.
Source: UTMN Department of Strategic Communications