Be Ready Dissemination Report
by Svetlana Dimitrova, NBU
From 22nd to 24th June 2017 Svetlana Dimitrova and Stan Bogdanov took part in the joint language educators’ professional forum of the 1st FIPLV East European Regional Congress and 26th BETA-IATEFL Annual International Conference entitled “Learning and teaching languages: Creating bridges to the future“, which took place in Varna at the Department for Information, Qualification and Lifelong Learning of Shumen University.
They used the opportunity to disseminate the Erasmus+ project “BE READY – Life Skills and Career Development: Helping Young People Progress into Success” through a 45-minute workshop “2 in 1: Life Skills and Career Development through English“, which zoomed in on some of the more creative solutions offered by the project partnership and adapted for use in higher education context to tackle the problems of ESL and prepare young people for their future professional and academic careers.
The more than 30 conference delegates who attended the presentation particularly enjoyed the demonstrated practical activities, which integrated life skills training and career guidance activities into the foreign language classroom – an adaptation which was successfully drafted and piloted by the representatives of NBU, one of the Bulgarian partners in the project. At the end of the workshop one of the participants, a young teacher from Switzerland, shared:
“I was aware of what life skills is all about and I always knew that language is a life skill and we help young people find employment more easily by teaching them how to write their CVs or do well at a job interview in the foreign language, but I didn’t realise that there is so much more we can do in the language classroom to make career counselling such fun and at the same time improve the foreign language communicative competence of our learners. Thank you so much for the inspiration: I’ll definitely try out some of these activities with my students when I go back.”