CRACOW LANGUAGE TEACHING STAFF TRAINING WEEK
Cracow Language Teaching Staff Training Week is an initiative of the Jagiellonian University’s Language Centre (JCJ) to create a forum for foreign language teachers form higher education establishments for the exchange of expertise and examples of best practice as well as to provide professional development and networking opportunities. The event focuses on teaching languages in an academic environment as well as teaching languages for specific purposes.
Participants from the European Union’s partner institutions as well as those from outside of Europe involved in the KA107 Erasmus+ Programme are welcome to take part.
Photo: Collegium Novum - the main building of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków
Jagiellonian Language Centre is an interfaculty unit whose mission is to provide foreign languages courses to the students of the twelve Jagiellonian University’s faculties. JCJ conducts language instruction in seven modern languages (English, French, Spanish, Lithuanian, German, Russian and Italian) as well as in Latin. Each year around 11,000 people attend our classes, being students of undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD programmes of study. JCJ offers general commercial language courses in up to twelve foreign languages. These are geared towards students, teaching and administrative staff of the university as well as adults from beyond the university environment itself. The teaching staff of JCJ also conduct foreign language examinations as part of the PhD examination requirements, sitting on faculty examination commissions. JCJ publishes a journal „Zeszyty Glottodydaktyczne”, in which academic teachers can share their experience in foreign language teaching. The academic staff at JCJ of over 100 teachers comprise a competent and qualified team specialising in the teaching of specialist language at the various faculties of the University.
About Cracow Language Teaching Staff Training Week
The Staff Training Week is designed as a five-day event. Participants are welcome to contribute to the programme by volunteering to prepare a presentation or a workshop. Each year the programme is organised under several main themes.
The opening of the Cracow Language Teaching Staff Training Week is held on Monday in the magnificent Collegium Novum Assembly Hall decorated with a number of paintings. They include portraits of the University’s founding fathers Casimir the Great and Ladislaus Jagiello as well as Queen Jadwiga, crowned King of Poland, who donated her jewellery to finance the restoration of the University. The Hall boasts many works by Jan Matejko including his famous painting ”Copernicus: Conversation with God”. The highlight of the opening ceremony is a lecture by one of the leading glottodidactic specialists.
The sessions are held for three consecutive days (Tuesday through Thursday). Presentations are delivered before lunch while workshops take place after lunch. All sessions are open to the teachers of the Jagiellonian Language Centre.
The closing of the event is held on Friday. During this last session participants are welcome to reflect on the conference programme and share examples of good practice from their organisations.
The programme comprises some cultural and social elements: a guided tour of the city and buffet dinner.
Photo: Collegium Novum Assembly Hall