International Semester Programme

Bridges in Education (English)

Programme

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    You can find a short content of the courses beneath.

    You can make a choice according to:

    • the age group you are trained to teach,
    • the subjects you are trained to teach,
    • the courses you have already taken,
    • the amount of credits you want to achieve and
    • the organisational possibilities.

    Create your own programme. Pick as many or as little subjects you like.

    Programme bridges in education 2022

    I felt like this university wanted to have me here. Artevelde UAS shows that they care about students having a satisfying international experience. I was impressed in a good way by the relationship between students and teachers.

    - Teresa Del Bigo

    Course overview


    School Experience

    School Experience is a unique course to learn actively about the Flemish educational system. In this course, you will receive some general information about the Belgian and specific Flemish context. You will get a school placement, one day a week for 8 weeks. This will be in a local school together with a fellow Bridges in Education student. Always nice to pair up!

    In that local school, you will work towards several goals including a personal one. In order to reach these goals, you will prepare, organise and lead activities with the children (and teachers).
    What’s so exciting about School Experience is that you will be immersed in a multilingual setting!

    During your School Experience, there will be several feedback and reflection moments on campus. At the end of your school placement, you will hold a presentation on your School Experience.

    • Organisation: One school mentor and a fellow international student.
    • Every Tuesday for 8 weeks.
    • Focus: Specifically organised for all international students.
    • Language: English or Dutch
    • Location: on campus and in your appointed local school
    • Exam period: Continuous assessment and during the last class
    • Examination: Presentation + continuous assessment
    • ECTS: 3
    • Obligatory: Please note this subject is obliged for all Bridges in Education students

    Global awareness - Erasmus

    In this course, students will enhance their ‘global awareness’, e.g. their awareness and knowledge of issues of global relevance such as social justice, diversity, globalisation, participation, sustainability, peace & conflict, or human rights. More specifically, they will work and reflect on these issues from an (early childhood) education perspective and relevance. They will take a closer look at specific cases that have been in the news in recent months, from which they will broaden the scope of the topic to general reflection and the importance of education.

    • Organisation: This is a 3-week module together with international and local students.
    • Focus: Specifically organised for all international students.
    • Language: English
    • Campus: Sint-Amandsberg
    • Exam:
      • Group presentation at the end of the module.
      • Individual paper after Easter Break.
    • Excursion: The module includes several outdoor activities (e.g. school visits, museum visits, art walks, etc.)
    • ECTS: 5
    • Obligatory: Please note this subject is obliged for all Bridges in Education students

    Creative skills in ECEC

    If you would like to be more in touch with your playful and creative side, this course is for you!

    In Creative Skills for ECEC, we are inspired by the unbridled imagination of young children. Step by step we get out of our comfort zone and enter the world of dance, drama, music, and visual arts. We don’t talk so much about these art domains, but we get up and start experimenting! In this way, we get to know the building blocks of the languages of dance, drama, music, and visual arts and learn how to use them in a way so they spark the imagination of young children. We practice using our face, body, and voice in an expressive way to enrapture children. You don’t just learn from the teacher. Your own experience and feedback and the creative ideas of your fellow students are just as important for your learning process.

    For this class, we meet mostly in a big empty space where we can let our creative juices flow, except for that one time when we discover the city center of Ghent in a creative way. We use simple materials like paper, newspaper, cardboard, and oil pastels.

    • Organisation: International students
    • Focus: Primarily for Early Childhood education students. Other educational levels are also welcome.
    • Language: English
    • Campus: Sint-Amandsberg
    • Exam period: During the last session
    • Examination: Group performance: creating an engaging and creative performance to perform to a group of older toddlers (4-5 years old)
    • Excursion: Ghent
    • ECTS: 6

    Cross-cultural communication

    As a teacher and as a person, it is important that you are a cross-culturally sensitive and aware communicator, who knows how to deal with cross-cultural and interpersonal differences, both in the classroom and beyond. In this course, you will learn communication models and strategies that can help you achieve this. In each lesson, you will first be given theoretical knowledge, which you can practice in the second part of the class. We will work with examples that you can relate to your own environment and to your future job as a teacher. For example, we will not only focus on oral communication but also on communication through social media. You will deepen your knowledge of the theory of the lessons and develop communication strategies through assignments, that you will work on together with your peers. Thanks to the international setting of the group with which you follow this course, you will experience what intercultural and interpersonal differences do to your way of communicating.

    • Organisation: International students together with some local students from the postgraduate programme “Diversity sensitive working, leading and communicating”
    • Focus: Primarily for Secondary education students. Other educational levels are also welcome.
    • Language: English
    • Campus: Kattenberg
    • Exam period: During the last class
    • Examination: Assignments and oral presentation
    • ECTS: 3

    Culture in context

    As future teachers, we will research in detail how the Flemish educational system is organised. You will also get to learn more about the Flemish culture, Belgian history, arts, music, media, daily life, and more. We will place culture in an international context. In these interactive lessons, you will be challenged to compare aspects of the Flemish culture with other cultures and to reflect on them. We will learn more about multiculturalism and stereotypes. These talks will be held as group discussions in class, debates, small presentations, etc. At the end of the course, you will write a paper in which you compare an aspect of the Flemish culture with your own cultural background.

    • Organisation: Different sessions exclusively for international students
    • Focus: Specifically organised for all international students.
    • Language: English
    • Campus: Kattenberg
    • Exam period: Paper handed in during the last session.
    • Examination: Continuous evaluation and paper
    • Excursion: There is a wide variety of possible trips each year (e.g. Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp, etc.)
    • ECTS: 3

    Democracy and citizenship (in class)

    In 'Democracy and citizenship (in-class)', we will pursue the following objectives:

    Creating awareness about what democracy and citizenship are and linking them to current trends such as polarisation, fake news, etc. To achieve this, it is important to investigate and integrate the frameworks of democracy and citizenship. Therefore, we will look at recent evolutions such as digital citizenship and investigate how democracy and citizenship are shaped in the world, more particularly in the countries where the enrolled students come from.

    We will also investigate how to educate children and young people about democracy and citizenship. 

    Finally, we strive for an active role as citizens within the democratic constitutional state. To this end, we will explore the possibilities that every citizen has in order to participate in democracy, for example by means of a citizens' summit. Together with your fellow students, you will determine the direction and the outcome of your learning trajectory and you will be supported and stimulated in your learning through study visits, participation in conferences, simulation games, street research, lectures, etc.

    •  Organisation: International and local students
    • Focus: Primarily for Primary education students. Other educational levels are also welcome.
    • Language: English
    • Campus: Brusselsepoortstraat
    • Exam period: During the last session
    • Examination: Podcast and an essay
    • Excursion: European Parliament and exchange with another higher education institution in Belgium.
    • ECTS: 3

    Dutch language (beginner or advanced)

    Dutch is spoken by 24 million people around the world. So, it is worth learning it. In 'Dutch Language' you will learn the basics of the language. How do you greet someone? How do you ask for directions? How do you buy a sandwich in the shops? The focus during these lessons will be on the four skills: Reading, listening, writing, and speaking. The ultimate goal is to be able to have a simple conversation in Dutch and after these intensive lessons, you will be able to survive in Ghent.

    If you have some basic knowledge of Dutch, then you can follow the advanced course ‘Nederlands voor gevorderden’. In this group, you will refine your knowledge of spelling, expand your Dutch vocabulary, and practice with fragments from literature or from popular Dutch-language radio and TV programmes.

    • Organisation: Different sessions exclusively for international students
    • Focus: Specifically organised for all international students.
    • Language:
    • Dutch for beginners: English
    • Advanced Dutch: Dutch
    • Campus: Kattenberg
    • Exam period: During the last session
    • Examination: Continuous evaluation and written exam
    • ECTS: 3

    Early language acquisition – English

    The ELA course takes a closer look at language learning in young children from three different perspectives: the child’s, the parents’ and the teacher’s. In a mixture of interactive lectures, guest speaker presentations, and practical sessions, you will learn about the advantages and challenges of learning several (foreign) languages from an early age. You will also take an in-depth look at your own language learning journey and multilingualism. The course does not focus exclusively on learning and teaching English but instead offers a broader perspective and a range of techniques that can be applied to any foreign language.

    During our show-and-tell sessions, you will be able to try out the language learning activities you created and get feedback from your peers. The course is taught and assessed in English, but the language is only a means to an end. Although the course does not focus on boosting your level of English, your own skills will improve by interacting regularly with fellow international peers.

    • Organisation: International and local students
    • Focus: Primarily for Primary education students. Other educational levels are also welcome.
    • Language: English
    • Campus: Brusselsepoortstraat
    • Exam period: During the last session
    • Examination: Online oral assessment where you present, discuss and reflect upon a portfolio of assignments you created during the course.
    • ECTS: 3

    Education and policy making in international perspective

    As a future teacher, you will take policy influencing by heart. With this course, you will see how you can influence a policy and how you can have an impact on this policy. The goal of the evaluation is to write a policy proposal for a certain professional field: education, childcare, out-of-school care, preventive family support, youth care, or youth work. You will get to choose this professional field based on your interests, experience, or curiosity. During this module, you will work on a group task in a mixed group of around 5 to 6 students. In this group, there will be local and international students, but also students with mixed backgrounds or studies (not only future teachers but also pedagogical workers or social educators). This makes this module extra interesting! Also, we organise several experience-based activities, such as practice visits, an international week with workshops, a panel conversation with experts, an international fair… In this way, you get to experience policy influencing and what it means for your chosen professional field.

    • Organisation: International and local students – students in the field of education, social education, or in the pedagogical field (childcare, youth work, out-of-school care, family support…).
    • Focus: All students are welcome.
    • Language: English
    • Campus: Sint-Amandsberg
    • Exam period: At the end of the module (June)
    • Examination: Group paper
    • Excursion: Visit a practice setting in one of the professional fields (education, youth work, youth care, family support, out-of-school care, childcare)
    • ECTS: 6

    If you choose this course, you will have to stay until end of June.


    Empowering Didactics

    In the course unit Empowering Didactics, we focus on two questions: how can we as teachers optimally support pupils in their development into self-directed learners, and how can we as future teachers optimally facilitate the learning process for every pupil in the class group? The course focuses on secondary education. Starting with taking a closer look at theories of learning and acquisition, and their relevance for education, we inspect aspects of self-directed learning and link this to the stimulation of entrepreneurship, self-regulated learning, metacognitive skills, and 21st-century competencies.

    We discuss modern didactic approaches and the concept of a powerful and enriched learning environment. We will investigate the necessity of self-directed learning and the importance of adopting a gradual approach. Afterward we reveal how teachers can start powerful learning processes for every student using the Classroom Differentiation Model. We take a closer look at your own teaching style and try to empower your didactical skills by discussing, looking into, and practicing these topics. The classes are organised in an interactive way, through encouraging discussions in class.

    • Organisation: International and local students.
    • Focus: Primarily for Secondary education students. Other educational levels are also welcome.
    • Language: English
    • Campus: Kattenberg
    • Exam period: During the sessions.
    • Examination: Written assignments, both individually and in group
    • ECTS: 3

    Inclusive education: from policy to practice

    In this course, students will learn about the topic of inclusive education and you will be encouraged to exchange ideas. During interactive sessions with both international and local students, we will investigate together the interpretation and deeper meaning of inclusive education. We look at what it means in different countries and what it could be. We will invite experts who give a lot of practical tips, we will visit a school for special education and study concrete cases to get a clearer idea of this concept. To conclude this course, you will work on a case in an international group, using the information and testimonies from the various sessions as input.

    • Organisation: International and local students
    • Focus: Primarily for Primary education students. Other educational levels are also welcome.
    • Language: English
    • Campus: Brusselsepoortstraat
    • Exam period: During the last session
    • Examination: Group presentation
    • Excursion: School visit
    • ECTS: 3

    Pedagogical dilemmas

    In this course, we reflect upon classroom education in a post-modern society and pedagogical ideas on the education of children (also from an international perspective). During lectures, we will discuss different kinds of pedagogical dilemmas and the possible impact on your teaching practice. What standards, values, and beliefs are at stake when teaching children? How can you take into account multiple perspectives?

    The theoretical lectures are alternated with lectures that focus on teamwork. There are also some (small) take-home tasks such as reading a chapter from an assigned book. The evaluation consists of a group presentation and an individual paper.

    • Organisation: International and local students
    • Focus: Primarily for Primary education students. Other educational levels are also welcome.
    • Language: English (with the option to hand in the paper in Dutch)
    • Campus: Brusselsepoortstraat
    • Exam period: During the last session
    • Examination: Group presentation + individual paper
    • ECTS: 3

    The reading environment

    In this elective course, we will explore why reading is important to children and how the physical and mental environment of children influences their reading motivation and behaviour. The course focuses thoroughly on the affinity children have with reading and we will investigate the components of their reading environment. We will discuss reading promotion at an advanced level, including creative interventions in the reading environment of children within and outside the school.

    Another important topic is literary quality. When people review a book, they often do not use clear criteria. They say what they think, but they don’t mention what their opinion is based upon. A good teacher should be able to judge the literary quality of a story based on clear criteria. Furthermore, we will look into the formal and content features of a story and into adaptation. Diversity in children’s books, values, and stories as carriers of culture will also be included as topics for this course. And last but not least, we will practice a well-known approach for in-depth conversations about reading experiences.

    • Organisation: International and local students
    • Focus: Primarily for Primary education students. Other educational levels are also welcome.
    • Language: English
    • Campus: Brusselsepoortstraat
    • Exam period: During the last session
    • Examination: Two assignments
    • Materials: It is an added value, but not a necessity to bring quality children's books in your own language from your home country.
    • ECTS: 3

    Visual arts: A journey in the city of Artevelde

    This class is about getting creative and it focuses on visual arts using Ghent as a source of inspiration. Students are encouraged to refine and experiment with their own skills in the field of visual arts and think about beauty, culture, creativity, art, and art education. This subject consists of interactive sessions and museum visits.

    • Organisation: International students and local students
    • Focus: Primarily for Primary education students. Other educational levels are also welcome.
    • Language: English
    • Campus: Goudstraat
    • Exam period:
      • Exhibition during the last session
      • A paper in June
    • Examination: Two examinations, one of which is a video. An exhibition of the student’s art during the last class and one assignment
    • Location exam:
      • Exhibition: live on campus.
      • Paper: Online
    • Materials: 'Steal like an artist' by Kleon, A. (€14,95)
    • Excursion: Different museums and a street art tour in Ghent. (€ 10,-)
    • ECTS: 3

    Youth culture

    This class gives you the unique opportunity to delve into youth cultures from the past and present. During the lessons, you will learn that there is often more to films, music, and social media than meets the eye and ears. Each class consists of 2 hours of interactive lectures with lots of examples, combined with a 2 hours workshop where you will work in teams on two long reads, magazines, podcasts, and films… on a self-chosen topic related to that year’s theme.

    • Organisation: International and local students
    • Focus: Primarily for Secondary education students. Other educational levels are also welcome.
    • Language: English
    • Campus: Kattenberg
    • Exam period: In June (live on campus or online)
    • Examination: Oral exam consisting of four questions. Two questions are linked to 2 books you need to read for this course.
    • Materials: The two books can be chosen out of a given list. Some of them are free to download via pdf.
    • ECTS: 3