viernes, 29 de mayo de 2015

A European Mobility Experience Within an Erasmus+ KA1 Project

This blog shares information about a European mobility experience within an Erasmus+ Project called "Ampliando horizontes: una apuesta por la europeización y la empleabilidad", which is being developed by a consortium of three official language schools (EOI La Orotava, EOI Güímar and EOI Icod de los Vinos) in the Canary island of Tenerife (Spain).

The project is funded by the European Commission within the Erasmus+ Key Action 1 for Adult Education.

The three language schools share similar interests and needs; and a common enthusiasm about the promotion of internationalization through language exchanges, student trips and staff mobility.

The mobility activity I participated in was a course called "Advanced Language and Methodology", which took place at the Teacher Training Centre of British Study Centres, at the Westgate Shopping Centre in Oxford, from July 27 to August 09, 2014. Here's the course information.

The social programme was very rich and varied, including visits to Oxford University's Botanic Garden, several museums (Ashmolean MuseumMuseum of the History of SciencePitt River's Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology); colleges (Christ Church College, Cathedral and Meadow, St John's College, Keeble College, Worcester College, Magdalene College...), guided Pub Tour (Eagle and Child, Lamb and Flag, The Gardener's Arms, The Royal Oak...) and interesting guided city centre walks and riverside walks. On Saturday and Sunday there were also one-day trips to London, Cambridge, Bournemouth... Personally, I took the tour of Stonegenge and Bath.

From this point, Spanish will be the language primarily used, combined with English when necessary.

Bridge of Sighs, New College Lane

River Cherwell, tributary to the River Thames
Dave, Teacher Training Centre's Head of Studies, takes students on a guided Riverside Walk
Classmates on self-chauffered punt
Magdalene Bridge Punt Hire

St John's College Chapel
All Souls College viewed from St Mary the Virgin Church's Tower

Façade of the Ashmolean Museum
Classmates on Broad Street at the end of a City Centre Guided Walk.

Christ Church College and Cathedral

Tom Tower, named for its bell, Great Tom, is the main entrance to Christ Church Quad and Cathedral
Green Houses at the Botanic Garden. Behind, Magdalen College Tower.

Drinks at the King's Arms

Entrance to the Quadrangle at Gloucester college. Guided walk to the Ashmolean Museum and nearby Gloucester College.c

British Study Centres Guide showing students around the city of Bath

Christ Church College Dining Hall where some Harry Potter Scenes were shot