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Day 5

The task for today is to answer these questions:

What are your impressions from the course?

What are the main ideas you take home with you?

What would you like the EBSN to focus on for our field in the years ahead?

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  1. Matej permalink
    June 6, 2014 12:49 pm

    I’m glad that I’ve accessed to the course. All presenters were interesting and focused on the concrete issues of basic skills in teaching languages. Considering that my department is developing new policy of adult education, we’ll try to incorporate basic skills as a important part of the our national policies, so that we can in the future develop programs and courses for students and teachers which are included in this area. I would like that EBSN will be focused on policy development and also on organizing of training teachers who teach basic skills programs. Hope that the EBSN will be sustainable through support of Erasmus+ program but also national levels through appropriate fees. It was nice to meet all participants.

  2. June 6, 2014 12:46 pm

    The course was deffinitly usefull and I have lot of impressions and ideas on my mind after it, evethough I had some doubts should we go to the course or not because the subject was about initial literacy and it was lasting for 5 days… Listenig all the lecturer and their experience I always had in mind the general picture of a basic skills model, teacher training, methods of teaching and a gret help of NGOs that are involved in practicing or developing it. All experiences, practices and ideas I`ll take home with me but will present a few (just for the begining, not to scare anybody:). Firstable it will be that croatian basic skills model should have literacy and croatian language distinguished because I realised the diffrence and need for it, speacially yesterday when we saw somalian laides and initial of inital literacy. This is probably the most difficult issue to present for croatian language teachers, their menthors and their senior advisors in the Agency, but we`ll try, for the benefits of asyl seekers, immigrants wich will come since Schengen preparations are in the way, Roma people and people with disabilities like dislexia or disgraphia. The next great idea is using ICT in literacy and language teaching because we saw how it can be helpful for students and teachers at the same time. The time needed is also valuble for it. Online courses are also idea for basic skills model, specially for people in all croatian region because even when they`re motivated and not beeing ashamed for attending school again, there is a problem of travel expenses they have to cover if they are not living near cities with adult education centres. It was interesting to learn from teachers in this group how they are using open curriculla and how confident and creative they are in it…it`isn`t a practice in Croatia so we will think about an open adult education curriculas in the future but with instant need of educating tecahers in it if we go to experiment.
    I see the EBSN as an Academy as a Academy of exellence for adult education in the field of basic skills and all key skills for lifelong learning. It is Academy for policy of lifelong learning and adult education, but from the bottom, from students or teachers approach. I hope that Academy will teach how to teach adults, the pedagogical approach where teacher are using the dimensions of key competencies in the classroom, like give the students the asignements where they need to be self confident, creative, where they need to solve problems, think critical, have initative and know how to deal with differences in the classroom and be coorporative. Think that is the most important issue of making a society a lifelonglearning one and the best way to make a competence learning to learn reality and live. This approach is not a practice in croatian education system. I also see Academy in a menthoring role for policy makers wich will be familiar with the content of basic skills, all key cometencies for lifelong learning, methods for teaching them in order to recognize the need of educating the teacher in it, and specially, from my point of view, to show best practices to policy makers of the simpliest ways of making changes not only by making adult education strategies, activity plans then the quality ways of implementing them (like in norwegian simple style) so that the mantra of a learning society really starts to happen.I know this kind of conversations and knowledge could help us.
    And at the end, the best experience I`ve had was great, enthusiastic and insipring people I met here at the workshop and VOX what was something that I really needed, profesionally.

  3. Florence FOURY permalink
    June 6, 2014 12:44 pm

    This week brings me much consolation because I meet people who work in the same direction:
    Consider learners as partners
    Give value to the knowledge and the potential of learners
    Show that training in basic skills is a real serious work

    My ideas to develop:
    Better use of the experience of trainers to train new trainers
    Suggest a new university of Guyana to organize a training course trainer specializing in the french foreign language and literacy
    and may be, propose projects for Erasmus.

    I agree that learning the language is different from the literacy but I’m not sure that pedagogy for literacy for migrants is so different than literacy for native speakers. .
    The basic skills policies could reflect for both audiences in a coherent way.

  4. Diana Bolcs permalink
    June 6, 2014 12:42 pm

    First of all I would like to thank to the VOX Team in Oslo for the really well organised workshop and to all of you for the presentations, it was really good to have such a variety of people contributing to the workshops. I learned a lot from this course.
    One of the most important message of the workshop for me to is that language course and the literacy course are not the same! The main idea I take home with me: use technology to improve learners chances, use mother tounge to support literacy learning, holistic approach in education (education with focus on the future working situation).

    Literacy learning has a huge impact on people`s life, on employability, on health so the municipalities should be aware of local literacy issues and respond to them.

    Hope to see you again somewhere in Europe!

  5. June 6, 2014 12:36 pm

    The abiding impression I will take from this course is the sense of community I felt being with my fellow participants on this course. I am particularly grateful to Graciella and all the team at Vox for creating a ‘space’ where these conversations could take place. I came to Oslo expecting that we were unique with our problems in dealing with initial literacy problems for speakers of other languages and was reassured to hear that we are not.
    I had ideas about incorporating mother tongue into initial literacy as we have a pilot scheme running in one group at the moment in Kerry so hearing the experiences of others in this area has helped to strengthen the resolve to continue with the project.
    Seeing the ap for writing and reading and observing the learners in the Rosenhof centre was hugely helpful.

    I would like to see the EBSN focusing on CPD for teachers in the use of ICT for initial literacy and how to combine literacy and numeracy in language training and to assist in diagnostic testing for the different levels of literacy.

  6. Solborg Jonsdottir permalink
    June 6, 2014 12:23 pm

    The main ideas I take home with me are f.ex. how important it is, for changes to take part, to involve policy makers in courses and discussions as well as implementors. I got a lot of ideas that I would like to develop into projects in Iceland, specially involving initial assessment, combining literacy and language learning and teacher training. I was impressed with how well it has worked to use an ICT programs in literacy training – writing to read. I would like to learn more about that. Even though I do not work in the ministry of Education I will be in contact with the department of further education and I will pass on the ideas and practices that I have learned about here. There really is a great need in Iceland to adress the issues of lack of literacy among immigrants (and lack of Icelandic) as well as the training of teachers.

    I think that the EBSN should focus on both practical courses and policy making. All the ideas of courses that came from the participants are excellent and I think all of them are relevant. But maybe different types of courses for different types of people (or people in different types of positions). Some courses would be most useful for teachers and teacher trainers and organizations that develop training and other courses might work best for policy makers, but it is always useful and necessary to have participants that are actually dealing with the target group.

  7. June 6, 2014 12:23 pm

    The course was like a breath of fresh air for me. At home we have no time to look around and see what goes on in other countries and it is so inspiring to meet with colleagues from across Europe and see the good practice that goes on there and also the challenges that they face. A workshop like this is a good model of adult education prcatice where we share ideas and build autonomy for each of us in our own contexts.

    I am very excited about the idea of holding a teacher education workshop in London. It will be a great way to reflect on what we do and enable us to think about it through new eyes as well as to incorporate all the new ideas that we get from everyone else.

    As a literacy teacher and researcher, I think an interesting question is what does a teacher need to know in order to teach literacy along the continuum – from learners with native speaker English, through those who are fluent speakers of English but have little or no literacy, to those who have literacy in their own language but neither the language nor literacy in English to those who have no literacy in their own language and, as yet, neither language nor literacy in English. For a teacher, what skills are common to all these teaching situations and which are particular to one context? An important issue for literacy teachers and one that needs more discussion and research.

    Thank you to everyone at Vox who has made our stay so stimulating and enjoyable. I am so glad I was able to be part of this workshop and I look forward to seeing you all again in London.

    • Solborg Jonsdottir permalink
      June 6, 2014 12:38 pm

      Thank you Irene and Anne for your excellent presentation – I can¨t wait to come to London and learn more. Welcome also everyone to Iceland.

  8. Els Plessers permalink
    June 6, 2014 12:22 pm

    This course was really interesting in many ways. I learnt a lot about initial literacy training on different levels. Methods, assessment, teacher training, policy, there were so many interesting topics. Back home I’ll first of all ask the federation of adult basic education centres to become a member of EBSN. Then I’ll contact different colleagues in and outside our centre to discuss about topics as ICT in the literacy class and teacher training. I’m sure the ideas that came to me here will have an impact on our organization sooner or later.
    I want to thank Graciela, Kari, Beate, Sissel and Helga for the warm welcome and Margaret, Solborg, Gudfinna, Francisco, Irene, Mieke, Ann, Dee, Emily, Rosie, Florence, Julie, Maja, Matej, Romina, Cati, Diana and Erika for the good company and interesting exchanges. Good luck to all of you and see you again somewhere in Europe!

  9. June 6, 2014 12:20 pm

    Extraordinarily well organised, intense but flexible and dealt with efficient work in a highly positive atmosphere. The topic has been dealt with from a variaty of perspective and samples of the countries/regions represented, with very active, experienced and expert participants. It´s been analised adn some challenges are stated for the near future about lines in which we should work.

    Main ideas added to my backpacked mind:
    Initial language literacy and literacy itself should have indivdual treatment, though the can come together or be complementary at certain moments.
    Integrated managenet of the issue seem to have only advantages.
    Multiculture is as present in all our society as globalisation and, in a way, it one of its multiple products and consequences.

    Suggestions for further ESBN actions:

    Many of them have been made at the end of the day:

    Being present and taken into account in EU decisions connected with LLL policies

    What are the basic skills 21st century citizens need to face the complex globalised society they live in.

    Promotion of entrepreneurship and digital competence skills, especially in a period of crisis.

    Project cooperation among ESBN members in fields of common interest.

    It´s been a pleasure t5ho have shared these sunny days with you in Oslo. Thanks a lot to everyone, with especial reference to Vox staff.

    Cheers!!!!

  10. June 6, 2014 12:20 pm

    I’ve throughly enjoyed this week and thank you all at Vox for your hospitality, professionalism and expertise. The variety of participants has meant that we’ve been able to discuss and analyse areas of initial literacy for speakers of other languages in contexts both at classroom, institution and policy level, which has been valuable and informative. The journey to separate language and literacy has very much begun and I hope to return to Glasgow with some insight into the developmental needs we require in the Scottish context to promote this more widely in the curriculum. It will definitely be a project for us at City of Glasgow College in the upcoming year to contribute to this process within our own course set up and hopefully begin leading by example. I believe an important aspect within basic skills that needs to be considered in more depth is most definitely learner autonomy in initial literacy learners. What does it mean to be a student when you have no concept of this? How can we address this at policy level and within the classroom? More and more learners are coming to the UK with no or very limited previous educational experience, but are expected to enter our system and achieve qualifications to remain there, yet we are doing little to accommodate this gap in their learning journey.

  11. Anne McKeown permalink
    June 6, 2014 12:20 pm

    Impressions from the course? Well, first of all, I feel privileged to have had this chance to meet and share ideas with people from different countries and contexts. Everyone has brought something to the discussion table, the week has been very interesting. I’ve been reminded of the importance of stepping outside of my own work context for a brief time and viewing what I do through a different lens. This is a valuable experience in itself.

    Among the ideas I will take home with me are the possibiities for initial literacy teaching and learning of using tablets in the classroom. Elisabeth’s presentation on Monday was really inspiring. I was also very interested in the presentation from colleagues in Glasgow about the various roles in supporting literacy and ESOL, the classroom assistants, mentors and interpreters, promoting a richer learning experience and a much more authentic way of capturing the learner voice.

    Being here this week has really raised my understanding of hte importance of the EBSN. I WILL set up a Facebook account so as to continue to follow the discussions.

  12. julie permalink
    June 6, 2014 12:19 pm

    I would like to thank grundvig, ebsn and of course all the participants for that week and say how grateful I am for this opportunity I had to know more about litteracy approach in the other countries. It gives me a lot of subjects to discuss when I ll be back home. Thanx thanx thanx!

  13. Dee Doyle permalink
    June 6, 2014 12:14 pm

    The course exceeded my expectations. I found Graciela and team to be very much tuned in to the needs of no- and no-literate esol learners. The range of presentations was very informative.

    Ideas to take home: We need more degree courses like the one Anne and Irene are involved in combining ESOL and Literacy training.

    Listening to other participants who are establishing their training networks – Hungary, Romania – made me realise that we have progressed in our journey to support basic literacy/ESOL learners in Ireland and should celebrate the progress while keeping fresh ideas in mind. For example, I really like the 23 Intercultural Mediators idea from Romania and wonder if we have such a thing in Ireland or if we could have for our Roma groups.
    Our colleagues from Croatia are starting out on their journey. I envy them having been plugged in to the ESBN workshop this week and for the very strong start they can make due to the variety of ideas and models that have been discussed here. Rosie and Emily have given me food for thought for using mentors and volunteers. Having a concrete example will allow for more structured discussion on the possibilities when I get back to my team.

    Florence – you are wonderful! I admire the way your centre involves the learners as intelligent resources and for the constant work you engage in to keep the learners’ voices central to your planning and implementation.

    ESBN – I hope our last discussion on ideas for future courses will materialise.

    Thank you!

  14. June 6, 2014 12:11 pm

    As a general overview, the issue today is not just a matter of ensuring that training of trainres in the field of adult literacy learning is taken seriously and effectively administered. It is also a matter of recognising that the context within which these training programmes are taking place is changing. Apart from trends towards the institutionalisation of adult literacy learning programmes, the professionalisation of adult literacy educators, and the formalisation of ESOLprogrammes.
    It was a great experience and I would like to thank all the colleagues, for sharing their experience and good practice implemented by the national policy makers.
    There are many great ideas that I will take them back to me in order to share at county level, ideas on which I need to reflect aswell- the cascade model, inclusive training chain, use of ICT in initial literacy training, tools for literacy initial assessment, how to involove volunteers on litearcy classes, intercultural approach and last but not least, how to listen learners needs and how to follow their educational intersts also outside the formal environment of learning.
    If it is possible, i would like to see EBSN as an open policy and pedagogical resource and and a trainer provider in the field of teacher trainers for both adult literacy and language teaching and second languageو。
    so, once again, TUSEN TAKK

  15. June 6, 2014 12:09 pm

    Many thanks for this opportunity! It was an interesting course, that produced a lot of ideas that can become reality. I go home with many clarification regarding the topic of literacy / language / migrant integration. I am happy that I’ve meet such dedicated persons – source of inspiration and motivation. My main ideas that I take with me are:
    – literacy and language courses are not the same 🙂
    – it is very imporant to have an holostic approach in education
    – it is very much needed to organise / develop teacher trainings in Basic Skills education
    – network brings ideas, motivation and support
    – there are a lot to be done in the field of basic skilles education in Europe.
    Regarding future actions, I will share the ideas already mentioned:
    – Conference / seminar on “What are the Basic Skilles in 21st centeray? – definition, clarification, concepts`”
    – Course on “Networking & Partnership – Involving different stakholders in policies for Basic Skilles Education”
    – Course on “Mediators in adult education: trainings, profile, recognition, challenges & benefits”
    – Course on “Holistic approach in basic skilles education for adults – steps and strucutre for a complex Open Learning Centre”
    I also hope to transfer as much as possible in my work and to have the resources to start many proper initiatives!

  16. June 6, 2014 12:08 pm

    The course has really opened up a new world for me because I have no experience from working with the target group (illiterate immigrants) and by attending this course I have learned so much about the target group and issues regarding both literacy training as well as second language training.
    Main ideas I will take home with me, are to look at the teacher training, the ETSC offers, and try to figure out how we can improve it. Also look further on the links that have been put on this website and spread the information among our cooperating LLL centers. This sharing of good practice is probably what I like so much about the EBSN and of course EPALE will be the platform for that in the future. So what I would like the EBSN to focus on is the training of the trainers, so they can go back home and spread the word among practising teachers.

  17. June 6, 2014 12:05 pm

    I learned a huge amount from this course. I am bursting with ideasand will be very busy in the next few weeks\months\years acting on them!

    The main ideas are that I would like to add a mother tongue section to the initial assessment that we use in Scotland. I will also convince City of Glasgow College to join EBSN and will promote it throughout the ESOL and adult learning providers in Glasgow\Scotland. I will also add the links and organisations to the learnESOLGlasgow.com website for other teachers to use and ensure that I cascade all the wonderful things I’ve learned.

    In the coming years I would like EBSN to focus on promoting best practice in teaching basic skills throughout Europe. I’d love EBSN to come to Glasgow\Scotland to discuss Initial assessments for literacy learners (or anything in fact). I’d also love to discuss how to promote vocational and employability skills to empower literacy learners. Or professional development courses for literacies teachers.

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