Newsletter No 4

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NEWSLETTER No 4

September 2016

Dear Teachers, Lecturers, Instructors, Educationalists and Examiners,

We are happy to get back to you for  the new school/academic year!

The Formative Assessment enthusiasts implementing the “FAB – Formative Assessment Benchmarking for Foreign Language Learning & Teaching” project have been busy this holiday on innumerable trips around the world, reaching mountain summits, and letting their hair down on paradise-like beaches or in their own back gardens. Now we are all getting back to work.

Setting off for our  holiday trips, we packed into our suitcases the memories of the hosts’ hospitality and professionalism at the second international meeting, which took place on 17th June 2016 at the Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas. The main agenda of the meeting was to look back at the previous phases of the project and their outcomes as well as to plan the activities for the year to come. Just a quick reminder: so far, we have designed, distributed and analysed preliminary questionnaires on the implementation of formative assessment; we have taken part in FA workshops and have observed how our teacher colleagues run their classes with the use of FA techniques. These activities have been carried out in each of the partner universities taking part in the project. You can find more details on the FAB website.

Other  very important outcomes from the Kaunas meeting concern the concept of what the guide for learners and teachers should look like and ideas for a closing questionnaire.

At the moment FAB is entering a new phase, which concerns peer observation at an international level. Between October 2016 and March 2017 teams of two teachers from each partner institution will be visiting the host university in order to take part in the language classes there. The peer international observation  forms can be found on our website. The good forms of practice that the visiting teachers observe will be described in the guide for learners and teachers and made available on our website. Below you will find the programme for the observations:

  • Warsaw: 23rd – 29th October
  • Turku: 28th November – 2nd December
  • Kaunas: 20th – 26th February
  • Pecs: 20th – 26th March

Last but not least, we would like to ask you to reserve the 19th of September, 2017 in your calendar for the international conference closing the project, which will take place in Warsaw. You are cordially invited! More details about the conference will be available soon.

We would be happy if you checked out our website: faberasmus.org and read our newsletters – the next one will appear in a couple of months.

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We wish you all the best and hope that you find many inspirational ideas for teaching in the new academic year and that all the classes you teach are inspiring too.

The FAB Team – University of Warsaw