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Primrose Dissemination: Retired colleague in Exeter 4 May 2017

On 4th May Josephine Bickle spent three hours at Danes Vale having a special dissemination.  She was anxious to learn as much as possible about the materials that we have been creating in this second project.  She was already enthusiastic about the exciting things that we produced in our previous project.

She lives in Exeter in the south-west of Britain and she was spending a week with her daughter who Is a teacher in London. She herself is now retired but keeps in touch with many of her colleagues. Her daughter was also keen to learn as much as possible about the latest materials, and Josephine was planning to give her a detailed demonstration of the new materials that I was showing her.

She was particularly impressed with the exercises based on the digital maps and on the related Hotel Plans. She thought these would really impress the language teachers and be hugely exciting for the students.

She was very taken with the intercultural case-studies and thought these would help students appreciate the need to understand some of the strange ideas and attitudes held by foreigners and by the reactions of foreigners to many aspects of life in Britain. She took details for accessing the elearning platform and the digital maps so that she could demonstrate the content not only to her daughter but to the many teacher friends and colleagues that she is constantly in touch with.

Josephine is a real enthusiast and a great talker and is an ideal person to promote our materials and ideas. She has a wide circle of useful contacts and is a lover of the French language. She travels widely and knows much of Europe.She did not want me to take photos because she has problems with her teeth and a photo would have embarrassed her.  But she has since sent me a photo taken recently ago while attending a celebration in Exeter cathedral in her capacity as the city’s beadle – an ancient title for the person that accompanies the Lord Mayor.  I have asked her to send me another photo in less-dramatic attire.

David Sephton

Primrose Publishing LTD, UK

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Primrose Dissemination in Riga 29 Apr 2017

On the final day of our third project meeting in Riga in April 2017 I gave a dissemination to a teacher from the Languages Centre of the University of Latvia in Riga. It took place at the Hotel Best, where the partners were staying. It was on the Saturday evening after the outing to the National Park.

The teacher was Laimdota Locmele, who was already very familiar with the materials that we created in our previous project. She was especially interested in learning about the developments of those materials and hearing about the new ones that we are creating in the present project.

Her main subject is English but she is also involved in other languages. Her students have been impressed with the smartphone apps developed in our earlier project and will be keen to try our latest versions. They find the digital maps extremely motivating.  She was not familiar with the exercises based on the maps and on the hotel plans and felt sure that they would prove a major attraction to both her colleagues and her students.

She had planned to come with one of her fellow-teachers in the Language Centre but it was quite late when we finally decided to meet on the Saturday evening.  Sadly this was not convenient for her colleague.

She hopes to take up the offer that I have made a number of times for her to bring a group of colleagues to Cambridge University for one of the six-day courses that I run at Selwyn College. These courses provide a great opportunity to promote our project and demonstrate the materials that we have created.

A photo of Laimdota, taken during the dissemination, is attached.

David Sephton

Primrose Publishing

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Seminars to the teachers and the directors at the towns of Kütahya

       As a Turkey project team we organised 12 seminars to the teachers and school directors. We visited all the towns in Kütahya between 10 April and 18 April. We had a chance to disseminate our project to nearly 300 teachers and school directors.  They are especially interested in mobil application, they said that it will be very helpful for everyone who goes out to foreign countries. They also thanked to all the partners for the great job.

Özcan Turan

KÜTAHYA İL MİLLÎ EĞİTİM MÜDÜRLÜĞÜ, Turkey

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