The  5-day-  session in  mid-August  spent in the 3rd largest city of Austria  ,LINZ  was fully devoted  to the bunch of various   events on knowledge  and skills needed for language teaching… and fun.

The Academy of Political Education and Democracy-Promoting  Measures under the guidance of its Director PETRA HAUSER had invited teachers of the Language Centre VALODU MAPE (Valmiera) to participate in the training course  Upgrade Your Trainer Skills- Language Learning Through Innovative  Methods by Implementing ICT.

What did we manage to see, feel  and study then and there? While having an outdoor event,i.e., a hiking, we had a chance to walk along the area of   an energy-saving district of  Linz  called  Solar  City, for example, and explore local flora near the River Traun.There was a very special trip to the UNESCO World Heritage village Hallstadtt  in order to spend a perfect day in  an unbelievably spectacular environment by the lake and underground -in Salt mine Museum.

But if we speak about classroom activities, then  some basic  themes offered were : the  use of digital tools  and games  in language-based education, or how to  create a better language environment or  improving the theoretical knowledge  and understanding of concepts of diversity and inclusion and the associated challenges in using these methods in the classroom.

It was worth having a ride on a narrow-gauge railway Postlingbergbahn to look around and down from the Linz City scape…or from Voestalpine Exibition Centre  Tower…Thank you ,our partners  Petra Hauser and Sarah K.Breuer-Sirat for giving our teachers such  practical and emotional experiences!   Thank you for expanding our horizons!