Grundtvig Workshops are one of the new actions in the Grundtvig Programme which have been launched in 2009.

Under the 2013 Call the Grundtvig Workshop action provides training to Adult Education staff 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. 

The Grundtvig Workshops bring together professionals working within the field of adult literacy, from several countries, in order to improve their practical teaching, coaching, counselling, management skills, etc.

Modern Didactics Centre with the financing of National Agency of Lithuania organized the workshop Reading, writing and reflection for engaged meaningful learning
on 8-14 June 2014 in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Workshop Reference number: 2013-1-LT1-GRU13-09154

Target group
Adult educators and specialists working in the field of literacy; adult education institutions’ staff.

The programme was intended to provide content materials and instructions 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.

Workshop 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 methodology.
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.

Expected outcomes
Participants have learned and are able:
• to practice methodological framework for functional and multiply literacy skills development as key scheme of the methodology;
• to support learners by creating favourable environment for learning;
• to value and apply inquiry strategies for learners independent learning;
• to model different learning activities applying effective active methods and strategies;
• to apply Reading and Writing Workshops strategies for motivating learners to stay in learning process and continue their literacy skills improvement;
• to share their own teaching/earning practices and learn from each other;
• to develop lesson/activities plans for literacy skills improvement;
• to evaluate and asses literacy teaching/learning process;
• to value cooperation, variety & cultural diversity;
• to find and use successfully different learning opportunities;
• to model, plan their own learning activities after the programme end.

Working language - EN

Participants have got certificates of participation of 40 academic hours.

The workshop was financed by the EU through LLP Grundtvig mobility grants, covering workshop, travel and accommodation costs. 

Calls for international participants:
The first call - till 31/11/2013 - CLOSED
The second call - till 07/02/2014 - CLOSED
The third call - till 11/04/2014 - CLOSED

There have been received 158 applications and the group of 20 participants was selected basing on motivation, 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.


I would appreciate the opportunity to 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.

Roberto MARIUZ

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.

I 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.

I would like to plan my own learning activities & use effective active methods and strategies after the programme end.


Marta Daniela COSTA
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.


Andreia COELHO

I expect to develop diverse and innovative materials for classes, meet new learning methods to apply in the organization where I work.


Alexandrina IVAN

I 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 therefore 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.


Florica GRECU

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 countries.


Cornelia HORDUNA

Many 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.


Canan AKIN

I 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 the project topic is definitelly part of my interest. A workshop as yours would be valuable to develop different approaches and to learn the other country’s methods.


Remzi Burcin CETIN
I have 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 valuable 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 teachers from all around the EU.



I have 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. 


United Kingdom

It is 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.

Workshop trainers


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. 


Raimonda JARIENE

Raimonda 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".

Workshop management team

Didzioji str. 5, LT-01128 Vilnius
tel., fax. + 370 5 212 3623
Daiva Penkauskiene
MDC director
Asta Matonyte
MDC programs and projects
coordinators assistant
Urte Penkauskaite
MDC administrator


Workshop information

Detailed workshop information

List of participants

Workshop program

About workshop organizer

Education in Lithuania

 VET in Europe: Lithuania – country report. Cedefop, 2012

The education system in Lithuania

The Ministry of Education and Science of The Republic of Lithuania

Useful links

Workshop materials

Participants presentations

Workshop impressions
“Thank you for the possibility to enlarge my professional competence and for excellent organization".

"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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This activity has been funded with support from the European Commission lifelong learning programme, that is administrating in Lithuania Republic by the Education Exchanges Support Foundation.

This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Education Exchanges Support Foundation and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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