The Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM) held the Multiplier Event Madrid Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). SEAH project to promote the teaching of Spanish for architecture and construction for international students. The acronym SEAH comes from Sharing European architectural heritage: Innovative language teaching tools for academic and professional mobility in Architecture and Construction. The event took place to give visibility to the SEAH team at the UPM.
On July 5, the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid hosted the Multiplier Event of the SEAH Project, an event to enhance public awareness of the work carried out by this European project and to reflect on Spanish for architecture and construction. The program speakers, composed entirely of women, included two renowned professors in this field, Carmen Espegel and Margarita de Luxán.
The event began with the presentation and explanation of the project by Dr. Paloma Úbeda Mansilla, coordinator of the Spanish SEAH team at the UPM, who gave a brief outline of what the management of this project has involved, and explained the work done by her team. This two-year project started in 2020 and was co-funded by the Erasmus+ KA203 Programme.
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The introduction was followed by four talks on the topic of the project. The first lecture, given by Carmen Espegel, Professor of Architectural Projects, was entitled: “New architecture in old industrial architecture”. Then, Margarita de Luxán, Professor of Graphic Ideation gave her presentation on “The complex letter C”. The third lecture, “Use of the SEAH Corpus for the teaching of specialized language in architecture and construction”, was given by Valentina Castrignanò, from the Università degli Studi ‘G. d’Annunzio’, Chieti (Italy). Next, Ruth Rodríguez Cuadrado, cultural journalist, presented, “The title of a project: where words add value”. Finally, María Luisa Escribano Ortega, from the Vice-Rectorate for Internationalization, and Dr. Paloma Úbeda Mansilla presented the course outline and the didactic units designed within the framework of this project, through the SEAH project website.
About the Project
The objective is to create academic and professional language modules for French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish as a foreign language in the field of Architecture and Construction (AC), in order to encourage student mobility and to improve the results of mobility programs.
The SEAH project has two parts. The first is the creation of an AC corpus of one million words, in each of the languages mentioned above, for foreign language learners. The second is the didactic development of the corpus with five thematic modules in each language.
This project is being carried out and managed by the Università degli Studi ‘G. d’Annunzio’ Chieti-Pescara (Italia), through the Department of Languages, Literatures and Modern Cultures with European partners. Apart from the University in charge, five European universities and a technological partner participated in the project: Université Bordeaux Montaigne (France), Masarykova Univerzita (Czech Republic), Polotsk State University (Belarus), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain) and Internet Web Solutions (Spain).
On the 8th of July 2022, the SEAH project partners gathered online for the 8th working project meeting. The meeting, originally planned face-to-face- was related to the final units of IO3, the testing and finalisation of learning objects, the forthcoming multiplier event and the deadlines of the project final stages.
After the official greetings and some internal management, administration and communication points, the coordinator team presented the reports of the testing phase for the first 4 units of each language and of the video presentations with also an overview of the fifth unit, recently available in the OER platform. It followed a very detailed presentation of the learning platform (called learning corner), comprehensive of each type of exercise presented in the learning units by Internet Web Solutions, the IT partner of the project. Partners shared a deep emotional moment as the final results for international students in the field of Architecture and Construction.
The meeting followed with a detailed report of the first SEAH project Multiplier Event. Indeed on 5th July, the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM) hosted the Multiplier Event and Dra. Paloma Úbeda Mansilla from the Spanish Board Team of UPM told that it was a successful moment to disseminate the work of this innovative European project and to reflect on the Spanish specific language of architecture and construction with International students. The last Multiplier Event will be organized by the UdA- team at the Language Department at the University of Pescara and it is scheduled on the 29th September 2022 (11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) for both in-person and online participants.
On the 25th of March 2022, the SEAH project partners from Università degli Studi 'G. d'Annunzio' Chieti, Université Bordeaux Montaigne, Masaryk University, Polotsk State University and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Internet Web Solutions gathered online for the 7th working project meeting. The agenda previously shared and agreed among the consortium was mainly related to the presentation of the learning platform and to the digital display of the first language didactic unit, designed step by step by colleagues in Italian, French, Spanish, German and Russian.
After the greeting of the coordinator and some internal management, administration and communication points, Internet Web Solutions, the IT partners from Spain responsible of the development of the OER SEAH platform: https://www.seahproject.eu/index.php provided a report on the total visits since the website opening thanks to an effective SEO strategy and functional dissemination activities. It followed a very detailed presentation of the learning platform (called learning corner), comprehensive of each type of exercise presented in the learning units. Partners were amazed by the digital presentation of the units they authored tailored to international students in the field of Architecture and Construction.
A new template for the fifth IO3 units was submitted to all the partners and presented by Paloma from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. It was based on a short presentation (an elevator pitch) to be done by the students, based on a spidergram that will be implemented in the platform soon. It will be followed by listening and writing exercises, related to the intended pitch.
Mariapia from Ud’A informed the partners also about an upcoming special issues of a linguistics journal «RILA [RASSEGNA ITALIANA DI LINGUISTICA APPLICATA]», dedicated to SEAH. Every team is invited to submit abstract proposals and also to organise Multiplier Events aimed at illustrating methodology, Intellectual Outputs and general objectives of the SEAH-Projects to scholars, incoming and outgoing students in the fields of Corpus Linguistics, Language Teaching, Architecture and Construction, professionals both in the fields of Architecture and Construction, and in that of specialized translation and tourism.
On 16 November 2021 SEAH project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme (Action KA203) written and managed by the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures with 5 European partners from Italy, Spain, France, Czech Republic and Belarus joined a online project meeting, due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.
The core of the meeting was mainly related to the creation of teaching units planned under the Intellectual Output 3. Each module will consist of 5 Units uploaded in https://www.seahproject.eu and tested by Erasmus students. During the meeting, starting from a real unit created in Italian, coordinators introduced all the planned modules’ structure, with related exercises, table of Contents, Learning Objectives, external resources, and so on. A long, participated, and fruitful dialogue took place among all the partners, about how to bring new proposals and integrations, always following the agreed template.
SEAH aims at creating academic-professional language modules for French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish as a foreign language in the field of Architecture and Construction in order to encourage student mobilities and to improve the outcomes of mobility programs.
Coordinators presented suggestions for activities to be included in an editable final pdf attached to the teaching module. It will be aimed at the creation of a learner-centered glossary, suggesting many possible uses of the IO1 corpora already developed in the previous step of SEAH project.
The Multilingual Open Educational Resources Platform for Architecture and Construction https://www.seahproject.eu will work as a self-standing repository of language corpora and training contents presenting them in an easy-to-use and effective way so that users can make the most of this tool. It will be responsive and mobile-friendly in order to boost Dissemination strategies and reach the highest number of users.