Chronology of projects - 2017/2018
• ‘Ecology & Technology’ – the project was attended by second-year students of Biotechnology from the Faculties of Automatic Control, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering of the Silesian University of Technology, under the supervision of Iwona Seta-Dąbrowska, MA, and students of the Faculty of Finance from the University of Business in Budapest. The theme of the project combines aspects of awareness in the field of environmental protection with the skilful use of modern technological knowledge. The cooperation of Polish and Hungarian students has resulted in interesting solutions: designs of an ecological restaurant equipped with a rainwater collection and purification system, a proposal of an anti-smog bio-tower using specially selected plant species, an idea for the use of biofilters in the public space, removing air polluting compounds, and the concept of using genetically modified plants that, apart from the decorative function, could protect users of an outdoor gym against mosquitoes and other insects. The Hungarian students took care of the business side of the project – they prepared business plans, while the students of the Silesian University of Technology developed the technical side of the project.
• A telecollaborative project between the Language Centre of Business School in Budapest and the Foreign Languages Centre of the Silesian University of Technology. It was attended by students of the Faculty of Finance and Accounting in Budapest and students of the Faculty of Applied Mathematics in Gliwice under the supervision of Grażyna Duda, MA and Iwona Seta-Dąbrowska, MA. The students created quite unique products – an e-learning website design and prototypes of applications for mobile devices, enabling their users to find the most interesting events in a given location, or presenting the offer of restaurants that meet the customer's specific criteria. The Hungarian students worked on the business side of the project – they developed business plans and surveys examining the usefulness of the proposed products, while students of the Silesian University of Technology dealt with the technical aspect of the project.
• ‘Dos and don'ts in business culture around the world’ - a project implemented by students of the Organization and Management Faculty as part of the English language course. The partner university was the Budapest School of Business. The students worked in groups of 4 (2 students from Poland and two Hungarian partners.) As part of the cooperation, students prepared a set of guidelines of what is allowed and what is not allowed to do while conducting business cooperation in some countries of their own choice. The students had to search for examples of behaviours that characterize a given culture and think about what rules of behaviour apply in formal and informal situations. The project was coordinated by Bożena Stefanowicz, MA.CLIL
• 3rd edition of the CLIL program at the Faculty of Civil Engineering. This time, as part of the English language course (level C1), students, using the substantive knowledge and professional vocabulary acquired during language classes, designed and made concrete chess figures. The practical implementation of knowledge met with an extremely friendly response from students who awarded this form of language classes a very high grade in the final survey. The linguistic supervision was exercised by Iwona Seta-Dąbrowska, MA, and Janusz Sroka, MA, while Małgorzata Gołaszewska, MEng was the subject matter coordinator of the entire undertaking.
• Bulk Metallic Glasses – a project implemented at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering with a group of 15 students of Nanotechnology. The language coordinator was Iwona Terlecka-Żabińska, MA.
• ‘When Science meets English’ – the participants of the project were second-year students of the Faculty of Automatic Control, Electronics and Computer Science of the Silesian University of Technology, learning English at C1 level. Our motto was "curiosity kills routine". As part of the project, a group of students (3rd and 4th semester of English language course) created their own technical English course (English for Specific Purposes). The goal of the project was to develop task-based lessons, with particular emphasis on innovation, challenge and creativity. In the opinion of one of the project participants, a "delicious sandwich was made from stimulating information about technology, supplemented with excellent vocabulary and spiced sauce of creativity" (Piotr Frölich). The project participants presented their work in the form of workshops in the peer-learning system, and two students conducted workshops at an international forum during the IATEFL conference in Bielsko-Biała, which was very warmly received. The students aroused admiration for creativity, professionalism and excellent knowledge of English. As the result of the participation in the conference, the students received an invitation to continue their project as international collaboration. The project was coordinated by Anna Gazda, MA.
• 'A small service facility' - a project carried out with students of the 4th semester of the Faculty of Architecture during English classes (C1) in agreement with prof. SUT, dr hab. Małgorzata Majerska. The language course was correlated with the design classes at the faculty in such a way that the topics of language classes would correspond to the stages of the project. The students were divided into several teams and worked on the projects of the following facilities: a palm house and an education centre, a river marina (Marina Ujazd), a primary school with a kindergarten, a ski and bicycle hostel in the mountains and a compact indoor swimming pool. Language skills practiced in the language course included reading specialized texts, taking notes, discussing, listening to recordings, describing plans and drawings and delivering presentations. The final step of the language course consisted of a presentation made in English by all the participant. The project coordinator was Karina Kunz-Kurnicka, MA.
• III edition of UNI-CLILiG. As in previous years, the students of Master's Studies at the Faculty of Architecture dealt with the issues of urban space, spatial development and preparation of urban solutions this time for the city of Tychy. The project participants presented the results of their work in German in the final presentation. The whole undertaking was coordinated by Gabriel Szewiola, MA.