Creativity and interculturality

– Harness the power of creativity through intercultural exchange in the classroom!

Topic/ theme: Intercultural education, Pedagogy and didactics

 At your request, the courses can be structured for a different schedule (5 or 7 training days).

 SESSIONS

PORTUGAL:

20-28.04.2017/2018/2019

25.08-02.09.2017/2018/2019

GIBRALTAR:  

11-19.07.2017/2018/2019

MALTA:

10-18.11.2017/2018/2019;

08-17.05.2017/2018/2019

04-12.10.2017/2018/2019

ROMANIA:

27.06-05.07.2017/2018/2019,

26.10-03.11.2017/2018/2019 Special Halloween session in Dracula’s castle

CYPRUS:

23-31.01.2017/2018/2019

Sending partners: educational organizations involved in formal, non-formal and informal learning: schools, adult training centers, resource centers and other relevant organization active in the adult education field established in Erasmus+ program countries.

 Participants: 20-25 adults involved in education

Course fee: According to the Erasmus+ guide, 70 euros / training day, including course preparation, training, training materials, administration costs, organizational costs, 24 hours emergency support.

Trainers: multinational team of trainers – Portuguese, Romanian and Maltese, SALTO affiliated, with specialization courses in more than 15 European countries.

 Languages used: English, Portuguese, Spanish, French. The training materials will be provided in English. On request, Spanish and French.

Profile of the participants:

The participants are teachers or adult trainers active in the sending organization interested in growing a creative and intercultural environment in their institutions, with or without previous experience, willing to develop themselves professionally not only through the course, but by involving themselves in preparatory and follow up activities. They must be interested in other cultures and in developing the institution’s European dimension.

Objectives:

  • Exchanging experiences and intercultural practices in a cooperative and collaborative learning process with focus on creativity and innovation;
  • Better understanding of their own competence as teacher and learning to develop creative strategies for dealing multicultural challenges in their own schools and classrooms;
  • Developing tools and techniques that can be used in order to increase students motivation and combat drop-out phenomenon;
  • Deepening understanding of the multicultural school content through various creative tools for innovative problem solving
  • Identify common criteria and approaches for follow-up projects and initiatives developed on this training course.

Methodology

The course is designed for teachers and trainers of all subjects, offering them effective tools to improve creativity skills of their students as well as their own. School teachers will acquire an insight in how a professional teacher will notify and deal with intercultural and multicultural issues in day-to-day practice at schools and what it takes to become a successful cross-cultural reflective teacher to tackle „creativity” problems in order to create an atmosphere in which students like to learn, teachers like to teach and all like to work together. It follows two-way communication process including discussions, interactive games, story-boarding, role-plays, three-step interview working in groups and pairs, presentations, case studies, thinking techniques and individual activities.

The project will be supported through preparatory and follow up activities.

Modules of the training course:

Days Module Details of activities and methodology
Day 1,2 Team building and group dynamics Introduction: aims, content and envisaged outcomes and expectations of participants.

Intercultural games. Working in an international project – how to communicate and connect. Team building: working with colleagues and stakeholders – practical exercises followed by  a debate

Stereotypes and prejudices in the classroom.Games, methods and tools for improving communication.

Cultural trip – project tour exploring exterior manifestations of culture

Day 3 Creativity Creativity and the European Framework. Current approaches used in studying creativity: An exploratory investigation.

Creative intercultural approach and school practice: case scenario. How creative are we?
Thinking outside the box – Creative teaching methods
Creative tools for students. Study visit: Creativity, an interactive factor of interculturality

Day 4,5,6 Multiculturality and interculturality Why we need an intercultural learning?
The meaning and importance of intercultural competence
Who should be intercultural competent?
Intercultural competences needed by adult educators: teachers, policy-makers and learners
Strategies and approaches to developing intercultural competence. Growing multiculturalism and diversity in schools in Europe.
Challenges for the international classroom. The characteristics of intercultural organizations
Intercultural policies and strategies
How can organizations become interculturally competent: working plan. Experiences with multiculturalism: Exchanging cases/experiences of participants: identify of different cases for studyAssessing intercultural competence
Day 7 Motivation Lecture at the university: Creativity and motivation

The importance of internal and external motivation both for teachers and students. The value of failure

Motivation game:   case study on different target groups.

Day 8 Transversal links Intercultural issues- creative solutions

The link between creativity, intercultural learning and development education

Opportunities for European Collaboration – Partnerships within the Erasmus+. Study visit to local organizations implementing European projects.

Day 9 Evaluation Dissemination and valorization activities planning.Using European certification tools: Europass Mobility certificate, upgrading the Europass Language Passport and Europass Skills Passport

Project evaluation.Certification ceremony.

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