Friday, 24 July 2015

Sofia (Bulgaria) held the first transnational course for “SEAM” adult trainers.

SEAM project celebrated, from the 16/07/2015 to the 22/07/2015, its first training course on educating adult learners in second languages, interculturality and mobility which took place in Sofia (Bulgaria).

From the 16th to the 22nd of July, SEAM gathered together in Sofia (Bulgaria) representatives and trainers from its seven partner organisations to put into practice, test and decide on the implementation of the materials and activities designed by the partnership in previous stages of the project. 

“SEAM: Social Education of Adults through Mobility” is a two-year strategic partnership at international level coordinated by Asociación Gantalcalá (Spain) with the support of Innovative Community Centres Association (Bulgaria), Diecezni charita Brno (Czech Republic), Passaggi onlus (Italy), Latvian Adult Education Association (Latvia), Municipio de Amarante (Portugal) and Inštitut Antona Trstenjaka za gerontologijo in medgeneracijsko sožitje (Slovenia), and funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commision under its Key Action 2. 

From September onwards, SEAM will start training adults over 50 years old in communication in second languages and intercultural interaction through means of international mobility and promoting their social inclusion by the acquisition of new cultural and/or language skills through formal and non-formal methodologies. The learning activity in Bulgaria has been a great opportunity for both representatives and trainers to test the materials designed by the partnership, find possible weaknesses, ways of implementing their resources and improve them before the different organisations start running the SEAM training courses for over-50-year-old adults in their national countries in autumn this year. 

The main objective of the meeting was that trainers and representatives could meet and interact with one another as well as learn more about the different ways of attracting participants, teaching and learning methodologies, formal and non-formal education activities and materials they will have to use to train adults. Besides it was essential to prepare future stages of the project and, especially useful to get to know the facilities, programmes, activities and good practices carried out by the hosting partner organisation (Innovative Community Centres Association (, related to sustainable development of the community and adult education through active citizenship, volunteering and key competences.

Here you can find the calendar of the training (click on the image) and the description of the activities made on it:

  • C1A1 Exemplification of name games, icebreaking and teambuilding activities
  • C1A2 Presentation of the SEAM project for trainers and initial evaluation (expectations, fears and strengths) of the training course in Bulgaria
  • C1A3 Introduction to the project’s outputs (profile of participants, management…)
  • C1A4 Explanation of the first draft of the output 2 (distribution, colour coding, activities…) and simulation of activities to train adults on non-verbal communication and teaching English as a second language at an elementary level.
  • C1A5 Bulgaria presents activities for adults on learning about the English language and interculturality regarding traditions and stereotypes.
  • C1A6 Czech Republic introduces theatre as a tool for teaching English as a foreign language.
  • C1A7 Latvia explains and simulates activities to teach second languages to basic users as well as interculturality and non-verbal communication.
  • C1A8 Portugal shows activities to teach second languages at a basic level (numbers, months, introducing yourself…) in both formal and non-formal ways as well as by the introduction of music and basic songs.
  • C1A9 Slovenia carries out an activity on interculturality to make participants realise how important it is to think both individually and especially as part of a team
  • C1A10 Italy presents an activity on teaching basic aspects of grammar, semantics and sentence construction at second languages
  • C1A11 Updating of the project´s site, social networks, and evaluation of the materials showed about the O2, sharing photos and videos of the activities and preparation of the outdoors activity for the next day.
  • C1A12 Led by Spain, presentation of Outputs 3 and 4 and ways of implementing them. Dynamic on how to be a good trainer of adults.
  • C1A13 Agreement on the profile of the participants to the workshops. Dynamic on recruiting participants.
  • C1A14 Basic aspects of hosting and integrating into a new culture and dynamics on culture shock
  • C1A15 Led by Italy and Spain Importance of preparing adults for integrating and hosting as well as for re-integrating after their mobility. Presentation of output 5. Assertive behaviour simulations.
  • C1A16 Teaching of interculturality by interacting with the local community. Outdoor activity with the local population.
  • C1A17 Led by Spain, management of local workshops at national and international level.
  • C1A18 Selection of compulsory activities, adaptation to target groups, and implementation of activities.
  • C1A19 Future steps and possible follow-up of SEAM, final evaluation and handing over of certificates of attendance to the training course.

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