This morning Alexandra introduced us to Module 3, where do we go from here , Group finding for Module 3. We formed 3 Groups that will develop their own teaching lessons after our face to face meeting in Vilnius. We went through the differenttasks and our schedule.
After a coffee break we learnt very interesting things about online communication and how or to what extend new technologies might affect the way we communicate.
Lili and Thomas were very inspiring, giving us many good examples .
Lili Wilson and Thomas Berger session about
intercultural internet / media literacy in adult
They also informed us about their own academic background to give us a closer understanding of their motivation for working on this topic. Lili offered us a brief look at 4 dimensions in communication and showed us a very interesting webpage in order to visualize them.
Thomas went on with an introduction of - What is our understanding of the internet? So we had a chance to reflect on our own awareness when we are planning or interactingvia the internet.
audience listen to the talk of the Lithuanian
Thursday afternoon session consisted of a short first session on My culture, your culture- Don-t say it, just do it! Codes of nonverbal signals, which was followed by a two-hours-meeting with Lithuanian Teachers and potential partners.
In spite of the fact that the session lasted just 30 minutes, I must say that it was a very practical and straightaway session on nonverbal communication. The conductors of the session were Pat and Dot who did their role as trainers incredibly well. The way they handled the session was really much appreciated by the participants.
Roleplay: don't say it, just do it!: codes of
The contents of the session were briefly introduced at the very beginning in order to start warming up the participants' background knowledge on the topic and afterwards the introduction was followed by a short sketch which was excellent performed by both tutors. The performance presented two friends meeting at a Café to decide on their holidays.
One of them is late and their meeting has not got a very good beginning. Their preferences are completely different and conflict is between them.
But finally they find a way of being together and have fun and enjoy despite their opposite preferences.
The aim of the performance was to show the importance and significance of the variety of codes of nonverbal signals when communication is intended to occur. The participants' role as audience (observers) was not passive but an active one due to the fact they had to identify and write down all those nonverbal communication signals of the performance in order to be classified and commented on in a following-up activity.
When the sketch was finished, participants worked in pairs so as to classify those identified signals according to a classification provided by the tutors. Short pair discussions were relevant in order to reflect on the possible deduced meanings of those signals as well as to raise questions on their relevance when communicating with each other. After a while, participants' ideas were discussed and commented on with the rest of the group with the tutors' assistance. The conclusion of the session was based on the importance of nonverbal communication in our daily life activities as well as its important role in order to understand our learning and teaching realities.
two of the participants presenting their institutions to a Lithuanian teacher
Project leader Alexandra Haas together with a Lithuanian teacher