UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


CLIE receives positive feedback for EUI postdocs' 'Teaching Practice Week'

31 May 2018

Five postdocs from the prestigious European University Institute (EUI) in Florence spent a week at UCL and CLIE in late May to further develop their teaching practice. The five Max Weber scholarship holders received scheduled input sessions at the UCL Arena Centre and teaching opportunities on CLIE's UPC and IPM courses.

This new international partnership was enthusiastically supported by course coordinators Dan Kilburn (UPC), Simon Burrell and Yvonne Howe (IPM). Dr Ros Duhs (UCL Centre for Research-based Education) and Jane Skirving facilitated input sessions, teaching practice, peer observations and reflection-on-practice sessions over a four-day period.

The postdocs gave unanimously positive feedback about their overall experience and their appreciation of the teaching opportunities provided at CLIE. They commented on the high levels of learner engagement and especially valued the feedback from both the coordinators and main class tutors, Luke Seaber, Will Richards (UPC) and Ian Newby (IPM).

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The students also benefited from contact with the postdocs by providing them with an insight into the academic research process, as envisaged in dimension one of UCL's Connected Curriculum.

Jane Skirving is now liaising with UPC and IPM colleagues to discuss the possibility of repeating this Arena / CLIE / EUI collaboration again next year; many thanks to everyone involved in making this inaugural 'Teaching Practice Week' such a success!