On the 28th of January the lectorate Christian teaching organized a conference named ‘A Christian language lesson doesn’t exist’. Yes/no?!’
One hundred and fifty teachers working in primary, secondary and higher education visited the conference to discuss about the link between their confession and their profession.
Three keynote speakers from different countries, prof. Trevor Cooling (Great Britain), dr. Piet Raes (Belgium) and dr. Ewald Mackay (The Netherlands), inspired the visitors in the way how the teachers’ faith effects the content of their teaching.
Building Gods Kingdom
Prof. Trevor Cooling emphasized that Christian teaching means building Gods Kingdom. Teachers should suggest the students how to put in practice what they have learned. The teacher should ‘frame’ his lessons from a Christian world vision.
Dr. Piet Raes said: ‘To give a lesson a Christian character is to ‘orientate’ the lesson. ‘To orientate’ means ‘to give sense’ or ‘give direction’. Where a teaching method stops at ‘savoir’(knowledge), a Christian teacher can add ‘saveur’ (flavour) to it.
Window to heaven
Dr. Ewald Mackay concluded the conference with a lecture ‘A window to heaven’. He explained that Christian teachers should use their opportunities to ‘open a window to heaven’ during their lessons. Ewald Mackay showed the dilemma’s which come across and stimulated us to show courage. Besides the keynote lectures, the participants could attend workshops.
Driestar Christian University invites you for the yearly conference about Christian teaching. The next conference will be on Wednesday January 27th 2016. Later this year the program and names of (international) speakers will be announced.