Workshops are one of the new actions in the Grundtvig Programme which
launched in 2009.
the 2013 Call the Grundtvig Workshop action provides training to Adult
working on literacy issues exclusively.
The Workshops aim at giving present and future teachers and staff the
opportunity to gain a better
understanding of the European dimension in teaching adults with
literacy problems, to enhance
their knowledge of other European countries' education systems and
their provision of adult literacy
and to improve the specific skills they require to teach literacy
skills to adults.
Grundtvig Workshops bring together professionals working within the
field of adult literacy,
from several countries, in order to improve their practical teaching,
management skills, etc.
Didactics Centre with the financing of
National Agency of Lithuania organized the workshop Reading, writing and reflection
for engaged meaningful learning
June 2014 in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Workshop Reference number: 2013-1-LT1-GRU13-09154
Adult educators and specialists working in the field of literacy; adult
education institutions’ staff.
The programme was intended to provide content materials and
that will enable participants to improve their professional skills on
teaching functional and multiple literacy. It means that participants
have learned to think thoughtfully, carefully, coherently, consistently
about their teaching practice and reflect it.
aimed to introduce effective methodology
in order to support educators in their daily professional work by
practically experiencing a set of coherent teaching methods that
promote functional and multiply literacy skills development,
independent learning, and also to set up models and methods of further
professional development to be used after the course is completed.
1. To get acquainted with theoretical and philosophical background of
literacy skills development.
2. To practice framework for teaching and learning as key scheme of the
3. To learn and try out Reading and Writing workshops.
4. To model different teaching/earning activities applying literacy
skills improvement methods and strategies.
5. To plan and assess teaching/learning activities.
6. To share and learn from each other.
7. To reflect critically gained knowledge and understanding.
Participants have learned and are able:
• to practice methodological framework for functional and
literacy skills development as key scheme of the methodology;
• to support learners by creating favourable environment for
• to value and apply inquiry strategies for learners
• to model different learning activities applying effective
active methods and strategies;
• to apply Reading and Writing Workshops strategies for
learners to stay in learning process and continue their literacy skills
• to share their own teaching/earning practices and learn from
• to develop lesson/activities plans for literacy skills
• to evaluate and asses literacy teaching/learning process;
• to value cooperation, variety & cultural diversity;
• to find and use successfully different learning
• to model, plan their own learning activities after the
language - EN
Participants have got certificates of participation of 40 academic
The workshop was financed by the EU through LLP Grundtvig mobility
covering workshop, travel and accommodation costs.
Calls for international participants:
The first call - till 31/11/2013
The second call - till 07/02/2014 -
The third call - till 11/04/2014 -
been received 158
applications and the group of 20 participants was selected basing
regional-geographical, cultural distribution and proportion to ensure
right balance and equal opportunities for participation of
representatives from different EU states.
In the team of teachers we are
always looking for solutions to improve our lessons and making them
more effective for the students, according to their heterogeneous
background, and this heterogeneous background makes us always look for
the best solution for every student, that is why our lessons are mostly
delivered in a non-formal way.
I want to share all my experiences and I also would like to exchange
with other people that are doing the same in other countries of Europe.
I want to learn more about teaching reading and writing to increase our
effectiveness in the lesson. I think that the workshop will be very
enriching for all of us and it will be reflected in our further work.
| Rositza KASAVETOVA
I would appreciate the
discuss the problems I meet in
adult teaching with colleagues from different countries and share my
personal experience. I will find extremely useful to learn new
strategies to engage my students into reading process.
Adult literacy and respectively illiteracy
is a very serious problem in a post-communistic country like Bulgaria
and I would like to get more information about the problem issue,
compare the current situations in different countries and look for
solutions. I believe this workshop would be useful for me and give me
new skills and teach me new professional approaches in my social work
in the future.
I am a librarian and trying to prepare
lifelong learning programs for adults in the library I am working. The
workshop will help me to become familiar with the reading and
writing programs that I want to create for my users. I am expecting the
workshop to give me a lot
of new ideas, to be practical and of course to exchange ideas with
participants from other countries.
I am expecting the workshop to show me new
ways of teaching and to give me the opportunity to exchange ideas with
participants from other countries. This workshop will help me to become
a better teacher and self improvement in my opinion is the key for
successful lifelong programs.
I’m high motivated to participate to this Workshop for improving
professional skills on teaching and learning skills on practical and
theoretical basis and I really would like to be able to apply new
methodologies, strategies, workshop and activities in the local
learning plans. Facing day by day learning activities, I’m very
interest to compare my experience as a teacher with other colleagues
under an European point of view.
I think that this workshop can give me useful input to support my
learners by creating a favorable and relaxing environment for learning
through methods and practices of education, which focus also on their
psychological aspects and impacts, helping them to improve their
literacy skills but also integrate actively in the society.
expect to enlarge my professional competence in theoretical and
practical aspects for teaching functional and multiply literacy skills,
to obtain new ideas for my professional job with teachers and students,
to share my teaching/learning practice and to find new contacts for
further collaboration and development of theoretical and practical
literacy methodology in publications and teaching/learning aids for
students and for teachers.
I expect to value cooperation, variety & cultural diversity, to
find and use successfully different learning opportunities, to model,
plan my own learning activities.
would like to plan my own learning activities & use effective
active methods and strategies after the programme end.
I expect to be able to increase my
theoretical and practical knowledge regarding adult literacy and gather
ways to help strategical target audiences such as teachers, trainers
and political leaders to identify ways, means, instruments and policies
to fight illiteracy in adulthood and its consequences. If possible I
would also like to address the issue of minorities such as people with
mental illness, and addiction and the was to motivate them to improve
and maintain literacy.
I expect to develop diverse and innovative materials for classes, meet
new learning methods to apply in the organization where I work.
am passionate about mathematics and computer science. I am eager to
find new ways in teaching adult literacy and numeracy. All the
methods we have applied have not yielded the desired
results. Romanians have a big problem with gypsies and
fight for their integration in the community. I am interested in
discovering new methods in working with adults. I will looking
for opportunity to work in an international team.
I am training teachers who work with young
adults with literacy
problems coming from disadvantaged group and illiterate adults. I want
to develop my professional skills in functional teaching and multiple
literacy. I am also interested in innovative and creative tools to
fight illiteracy. I wish to know examples of good practice (methods,
tools, new / different perspectives) from colleagues in other
young people still lack
basic reading and writing skills and they have risk of social
exclusion. We should see illiteracy as a very important problem and
work together to fight against it. Working in a team, hearing different
point of views, sharing diverse experiences, finding out and using the
best methods and strategies to promote independent learning are the
main reasons why I would like to take part in this workshop.
I am curious to develop myself, to discover things, to exchange
experience with people from all over the world. I am searching all the
time new methods to the way of knowledge and that fits with the main
theme of the workshop.I was looking for a program that combines both
literacy and meaningful learning skills for future employment, has both
depth and width, and is both academic and practical.
believe my participation at your project will help
me to develop new skills, I will learn more about non-formal education
and how to
implement it in my organization. I am curious about your approaches and
topic is definitelly part of my interest. A workshop as yours would be
valuable to develop different approaches and to learn the other
to deal with adult education, so I really hope to polish my
teaching skills and motivate myself to cope with any possible problems
in adult education. I need such an
activity to explore new methods to solve such problems and create
opportunities to enrich my understanding of new methodologies in adult
education. This workshop will
give me also an opportunity to collect different views of various
around the EU.
always looked for new ideas to advance my style of teaching. Thus, this
program is a chance for me to learn more and to teach more as a matter
of course! I will return to Turkey having grown as a
professional and I will be able to talk about the overall experience of
teaching and culture exchange.
clear there is a part of the
population who have difficulties in reading, writing, working with
numbers and understanding basic instructions or messages. Some
organisations and charities offer help in this field and I would like
to train in adult education and help adults as a career change.
Daiva Penkauskiene is the director of Modern Didactics Centre since
1999. She holds master degrees of Lithuanian Language and Literature
(Vilnius University, 1987) and management (University of Management and
Economics & BI Norwegian School of Management, 2010). Work
experience: Lithuanian language and literature teacher at gymnasium,
scientific fellow at research institutes, educational projects
coordinator at Open Society Fund-Lithuania, teacher at Vilnius
Pedagogical University and Mykolas Romeris University. She works as
trainer, consultant and expert for
development, anticorruption education, project management, modern
teaching & learning strategies, university didactics and other
programmes. She is also researcher, author, co-author and editor of
many educational publications.
Daiva Penkauskiene manages Critical Thinking program in Lithuania since
1997. She also is the certified trainer and certifier of international
program "Reading and Writing fir Critical Thinking"; 2009-2011 she was
the chair of Reading
and Writing for Critical Thinking International Consortium
(RWCT IC) Board of Directors.
Jariene graduated Vilnius University Faculty of Philology in
1992 and holds master degree of Lithuanian Language and
Literature. Now she is studying for PhD at Lithuanian Educology
University. Currently working in the Educational
Development Center on development and implementation of
teacher training programs. Fields of interests: teachers'
professional development, critical thinking, writing and reading,
reading as a social practice; interactive teaching and learning;
teaching and learning discourse.
For a long years Raimonda Jariene worked in
the group for the development of National research of pupils
achievements. She is the coauthor of many methodical materials and
recommendations for teachers in competence development,
creativity eduaction, reading and writing development and etc. Raimonda
Jariene is the certified trainer of the international program
"Reading and Writing fir Critical Thinking".
practices of adult
education in Belgium / Carlos Farfán Cruz, Belgium
libraries and adult education / Ioanna-Ersi
Greece / Dimitrios Bolmpasis, Greece
Adult literacy education / Tamara
about adult literacy in Italy
/ Roberto Mariuz, Italy
Education system: from kindergarten to the third age university
student / Monika Kowalska-Wojtysiak, Poland
education in Poland / Joanna Kowalska-Pieskow, Poland
in Romania / Cornelia Horduna, Romania
in Turkey / Demet Sertdemir,
Woman iliteracy in Altindag region / Canan
you for the possibility to enlarge my professional competence and for
"Great workshop, great people, great opportunity. According to my
experience, I would underline the high quality of topics and
activities. I feel really enrich as a teacher and as European citizen".
"Great experience: valued the opportunity to discuss adult learning
with colleagues from different countries. Useful strategies I will
implement in my work and share with my colleagues".
"There must be much more opportunities as such, so that we will be able
to enrich our vision. Also these workshops can be specialized in terms
of proper subject areas of teaching professions".
"It would be good if the topics of the workshops can be more
diversified, so that it would be possible for professionals from
different fields to take part in the provided educational activities".
"I explored and learned about various cultures thanks to the group of
people we had in the workshop. The organization and implementation was
great. It could be more professional atmosphere. Thus more
opportunities in specialized areas will be super I think".
"I think I will apply all the methods and approaches in improving my
students reading and writing skills".
"A wonderful organization of the workshop, it cannot be better, thank
you very much".
| Workshop photo album / MDC
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