University of Lodz, Faculty of Philology, Department of Pragmatics – Poland
is one of the largest Polish universities located in central Poland, with more than 40,000 students and almost 4,000 personnel in 12 faculties and some interdisciplinary units. The Department of Pragmatics (Institute of English, Philological Faculty) is committed to scholarly and didactic activities reflecting the perception of pragmatics as a functional, i.e. cognitive, social and cultural, perspective on language and communication. It organizes international conference series, publishes the internationally abstracted scientific journals, participates in international projects and initiatives. The Department of Pragmatics promotes research in all aspects of language teaching and learning, including clinical pragmatics, pragmatic language disorders, dyslexia and foreign language learning. It has experience in running initial and in-service teacher training courses.
Joanna Nijakowska (Content coordinator) firstname.lastname@example.org
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TAK -The Society for Alternative Education - Poland
is a nongovernmental, non-profit organization whose main activity is running three educational institutions ( a kindergarten, a primary school and a lower secondary school ). The secondary key activities comprise running and participating in educational international and national projects (culture, education, theatre) in cooperation with other institutions, running teacher training workshops as well as supervising teaching practice for university students from and outside of Poland.
The three institutions run by the society provide mainstream education with the main focus on foreign language training, developing students’ creativity through the use of active teaching methods and modern technology.
Providing regular, mainstream education, there are students at TAK schools who require additional educational support with their learning difficulties, including dyslexia. Therefore there are educational counselors, speech therapist assisting pupils in their daily work. Additionally, pre- and in- service teachers have an opportunity to be trained in how to work with such students at the TAK schools.
Contact person: Barbara Jaroszewicz - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki - Greece
is the largest comprehensive University in Greece. It is widely recognized as a vibrant center of learning and constitutes a comprehensive institution with Faculties and Schools serving a vast array of scientific fields, ranging from natural and technological to social and health sciences, arts and humanities. There are 41 Faculties and Schools in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki offering all kinds of studies. Every Faculty/School offers an undergraduate degree and postgraduate degrees (2nd cycle and PhD).
The University aims to offer equal opportunities for learning, research and communication; it aspires to create an environment where education and research thrive, and subsequently, realize the vision for a better world with equal rights for everybody to claim the fruits of economic growth and social prosperity. About 73.930 students study at the Aristotle University (65.026 in undergraduate programmes and 8.472 in postgraduate programmes). There are 2.024 faculty members. A.U.Th. has been actively participating in Erasmus Programme, since 1987, accounting approximately one fourth of the total Erasmus mobility in Greece. A.U.Th. also offers Lifelong Learning courses covering a wide variety of fields of study, as well as summer schools and other short cycle study programmes.
Contact: Marina Mattheoudakis - email@example.com
Thomaï Alexiou - firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Ljubljana, the Faculty of Education - Slovenia
educates and trains teachers and other professional workers in the field of education (from preschool and primary teachers to teachers who are specialists in teaching two subjects or subject areas in primary school and certain secondary schools). It is only institution in Slovenia that trains specialists for inclusive education and the education of children and young people with special needs (e.g. study programmes of social pedagogy and special and rehabilitation pedagogy). There are seven first cycle study programmes, seven second cycle study programmes, and a doctoral study programme entitled Teacher Education and Educational Sciences and is divided into the two scientific areas. Also supplementary professional education, as well as pedagogical andragogical education is regularly organised. Particularly in recent years, scientific-research and artistic work has been strengthened, although many teachers had also worked in these areas previously. The primary research areas are educational sciences, natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities.
Contact person: Milena Košak Babuder - Milena.Kosak-Babuder@pef.uni-lj.si