In June the first visits of the TEMPUS partners to EU countries took place, with project members visiting Freiburg Pedagogical University from May 25th to June 7th and Aston University and the University of Caen from June 1st -14th
The purpose of this visits was to share experiences of teaching training and for the partners to find out more about how language teacher training and language teaching works in the EU countries. During the two weeks t Aston, the partners gave presentations about current teacher training contexts in their respective countries, were entertained by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Birmingham, and visited a number of educational institutions. One of the visits was to the Brasshouse Language Centre, a large adult education centre where 28 foreign languages are taught as well as English. The group also visited two local secondary schools to observe how languages are taught in the UK, including a Content and Language Integrated Learning class where geography was taught in French.. They also had the opportunity to talk to trainee teachers and their school-based mentors
A major highlight of the visit was a trip to the very picturesque English village, of Alrewas in Derbyshire, with traditional fish, chips and mushy peas in the local pub followed by a walk round the village and along the canals, admiring the scenery and the narrowboats.