Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Czech NGO trained teachers in Austria

On 18 March 2009, the Czech Society for Fair Trade organized a seminar for English teachers in Linz, Austria. This seminar can be considered as a breakthrough - it was the first time when an organization from a new EU-member state organized a training for teachers in an old-member state. The seminar „Global Issues in English Language Teaching" was held in partnership with the Austrian development agency Suedwind. The lecturers of the seminar were James Thomas and Martina Pavlickova who also contributed to the development of a new educational material "Global Issues in the ELT Classroom" during a project realized in 2007-2008.

During the 4-hour-long seminar, nearly 40 teachers were introduced to the Millennium Development Goals, the concept of global education and the methods used to implement global issues in English lessons. In the second part of the seminar, teachers, in the role of students, experienced one of the lessons from the above-mentioned educational material. More information and sample lessons can be found at

Another seminar in Austria is planned in Vienna in October 2009. For more information please contact

Information provided by Martina Pavlickova, Czech Society for Fair Trade

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