Staff Week 2017: Open Seminars from International Experts for KTU Academic Community

2017-04-21 17:15

For the fourth time, Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) Department for Internationalisation is organising International Staff Week “Teaching in English in Non-English Speaking University“. The seminars will take place on 24–28 April.

Teachers and administrative staff members from 24 higher education institutions from 13 different countries in Europe are expected to participate at the KTU’s Staff Week. Participants of the event will share their knowledge, will work on improving their skills, discuss on the key topic of the international week.

Some of the seminars are open to all the KTU community. It is a good opportunity to meet people from partnering universities, to make networking contacts and to share experiences with colleagues from across Europe.

“As the number of international students is increasing every year, we need to pay more attention to the development of English competencies among our teachers. This is as important for us as for the universities in other non-English speaking European countries”, says Neringa Narbutienė, Director of KTU’s Department for Internationalisation.

According to her, teaching in non-native language has specific challenges, which are related to one’s language skills, terminology, providing case studies and practical examples, and to multicultural audience, which has different expectations and experiences.

Below is the list of sessions and seminars open to all the KTU teachers and staff members:

25 APRIL 2017, 9:30–10:45

Plenary Session: Divided by a Common Language: Bridging the English Language Gap Between Non-Native University Teachers and Students

Speaker: Gavin Stewart, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

KTU Senate Kall, K. Donelaičio Street 73-302

25 APRIL 2017, 11:00–12:00

Plenary Session: What Kind of Communication is Right for Academic Success?

Speaker: Ondřej Staněk, Communication and Presentation Skills Consultant, Czech Republic

KTU Senate Hall, K. Donelaičio Street 73-302

26 APRIL 2017, 14:30–16:00

Key Session: Teacher or Facilitator? Teaching at the University in the 21st Century

Speaker: Ondřej Staněk, Communication and Presentation Skills Consultant, Czech Republic

KTU Centre of Cultural Events and Activities, Laisvės Avenue 13, Hall at the 6th floor

27 APRIL 2017, 10:30–12:00

Seminar: Integration of Design Thinking into Learning and Teaching Process

Speaker: Bijan Bayat Mokhtari, Aalto University, Finland

KTU Rectorate Hall, K. Donelaičio Street 73-402


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