The first pilot training of Erasmus + SMARTI Project was conducted in the Public Administration Academy of RA. In order to observe and evaluate the works carried out within the Project, Prof. Eduardo Cardozo, representative of the Catholic University of Portugal, a member of SMARTI consortium, visited the Academy as an observer and evaluator.
Welcoming the training participants, the Rector of the Public Administration Academy of RA Khachatur Ghazeyan emphasized the importance of the Project implementation and the Academy’s participation in it, mentioning the contribution of the Academy in developing educational modules; thus two modules out of the ten developed by Project Partner Universities have been authored by the Academy.
The course goals and expected outcomes are reflected in the Project name entitled: «Support for Innovative Methodology, Approaches and Tools for Teaching through the Medium of English in Order to Improve Educational Yield, Sustainability and Internationalization». In addition, the Project is also aimed at development of transparent national and international educational criteria, comparable learning tools and teaching criteria complying with the Bologna standards, encouragement of academic staff mobility and exchange, etc.
As part of the SMARTI project, representatives of PAARA have developed two modules. The module entitled «Oral Teaching Skills Part 2 (Case Studies to support analytical thinking approach)» was authored by the Director for International Cooperation and Development of of the Academy, SMARTI Armenia Coordinator, subject teacher Tereza Khechoyan and English teacher Lusine Grigoryan. «EMI Individual Teaching Support» module was developed by Tereza Khechoyan. The first lesson of the course was dedicated to these themes.
The authors of the mentioned modules spoke about the project expectations, mentioning the fact that the teaching one of the educational programs in English is in the best interest of both the students and the educational institution.
The first day of the pilot course was engaging and interactive: all the participants split into groups got involved in solving a case study problem offered by T. Khechoyan, detailing their suggestions and solutions in English.
The course will consist of three lessons. Upon completion of the next two lessons the attendees will be awarded certificates.