Some background information
Why a course on mediation?
I work in EOI da Coruña, a state-run school that specializes in teaching languages (in our school there are 11). Recently, our educational authorities incorporated mediation in the curriculum and is an assessable skill -it has even been coined as the fifth skill.
We were already aware of the nature of mediation and its descriptors thanks to the CEFR Companion Volume published in 2018; and there have been many interesting articles shared lately. But still, questions like “what exactly is mediation in language learning contexts?”, “what role does it have in the learning process?”and “how can it be assessed?” have been around for some time, and understanding it inside out is something that requires time, training and discussion.
EOI da Coruña was granted Erasmus+ funding to carry out our Proxecto Medal (Mediación e Actualización Lingüística) which aims at improving our skills and knowledge by means of job shadows and courses like this one, which would provide the deep understanding of mediation and, ultimately, help implement it little by little.
Where was it?
We were students from three different EOIs (Official School of Languages) in Spain: EOI Ronda, EOI Madrid Villaverde and EOI da Coruña. It was a one-week course in Bell, Cambridge. Our tutors were Vic Richardson and Chris Edgoose -lucky us!
Non hai frío que nos deteña!
Camiño do noso curso en @Bell_English Cambridge para aprender sobre #mediación #ProxectoMedal #linguisticmediation #efl #esl #lifelonglearning #education @EoiCorunha @sepiegob pic.twitter.com/ChJUJBKjj3
— Anabel Fernández (@dimodeca) January 20, 2020