Over 30 university teachers from the Faculty of Arts took advantage of the opportunity on 18 January to go back to high school and take a class in 'their subject'. This exchange was organised for the third time by the Teachers in Residence.
Classes in Dutch, French, German, English, Art, Spanish, Classical Languages and History were visited. The day aimed to promote the connection between secondary and university education and encourage contact between lecturers in the Faculty of Arts and teachers of the relevant high school subjects. One of the main focuses was on language skills, as this is currently a major concern in both secondary schools and universities. How are our future students in class? Where do we identify gaps? Where can we learn from each other?
The school visits were followed by lunch and a debriefing. Not only were insights on language skills exchanged, but subject content, innovation, and didactics were also discussed. Here, it became clear that there is a shared sense of urgency to contribute to the connection between school subjects and university studies and promote pupils' and students' (academic) language skills. There will also be another exchange soon, and we hope to welcome some VO teachers with similar enthusiasm to the lecture rooms.
"It was a valuable day that we would like to organise again in 2025, and we hope to see the same and new faces," say the TiRs from the Radboud Pre-University College (PUC) of Society. More information or a quick chat? Please contact the Teacher in Residence of your department!