SP Erasmus

Day 1 - 03.04.2017 r.

On April 2nd, 5 Polish Cadets from Military Academy of Land Forces in Wrocław, arrived to Budapest. The purpose of this visit is checking the new multinational program, which has been prepared in Wrocław. On Monday after the meeting with Colonel Laszko Kovacs, the participants went on their first classes – Cross Cultural Communication with Mrs Aneta Kazanecka from Wrocław and with the teacher from Sibiu about Basic Military English.

They were accompanied by the Czech cadets from University of Defence. There were two Polish-Czech groups among the members. During the first class Mrs Kozanecka moped following topic: Non verbal communication, communication models and barriers, listening skills and communication levels. One of the task was to draw a picture. First of the twain had to draw a giraffe and the second person – elephant, using only one pen in the same time. Most of cadets wished to command, because there was nothing on the paper, just one drawing with both animals and one drawing with just elephant. The second task was to draw a picture with closed eyes. One twain was drawing and the second was saying which direction should we draw.

Finally, the similar figure was created. Before the end of the lessons, Mrs Aneta told us what should we prepare for the next day. After that we went to visit Budapest – Castle Hill and Parliament.


Day 2 - 04.04.2017

The second day of lessons which concerned mobility was accomplished with the support of the National University of Public Service in Budapest: In the morning we began the lesson by recapping basic information and knowledge gained the day before. Then, dr Aneta Kazanecka who lead the lesson divided us up into groups of two and presented us with tasks. The first exercise was based on the premise that one person did not know the task of the other. Person “A” was supposed to start a conversation with person “B” and observe that person’s behavior and reactions. Person “B” was supposed to convey interest and excitement in the first phase of the conversation. At first person “B” was supposed to evoke a sense of comfort in person “A” and then change tactics by losing interest in the conversational topic. This cycle of changing attitudes towards the conversation could have been repeated multiple times. The unawareness of the interlocutor’s given task and intentions increased the interest in the task itself but also generated numerous amusing situations which entertained both Polish and Czech participants equally.

After the exercise dr Aneta Kazanecka analyzed our observations and described the dependencies that had occurred with regards to the receiver’s attitude during a statement. During the second part of the lesson we gave the previously prepared multimedia presentations that concerned typical customs in the Arab, Asian and US-American cultures. We also introduced the characteristically use of body parts such as the face, the hands and the legs as elements of damasking and as indicators of intentions during a conversation. Each listener in the group gave one presentation. The other participants had the opportunity to ask questions. In specific matters, dr Aneta Kazanecka was the one to give detailed responses.

During the third part of the lesson we were divided into two groups. Each group received a sheet detailing instructions on how to get to the place the task demanded us to go to. Both groups had the same task, however the necessary information to complete this task was divided between both groups. The difficulty was that each group’s representatives, whose teammates were giving them tips, had to extract necessary information from the other group whilst at the same time disclosing as little of the information they possessed. The result of this exercise showed that one group completed the task without mistakes. However, the real success of Tuesday’s lesson was that all participants displayed the desired behaviors and interactions.

After the lesson we completed the training regarding the university’s aims and objectives. During the evening we visited Budapest in an organized group.


Day 3 - 05.04.2017

We started lessons at 9 o’clock. Few of us took part in the classes about Cross-Cultural Communication, and the rest Basic Military English. Students from Poland and Czech Republic were mixed in groups, that’s why we could exchange our experience. The classes from Basic Military English were carried out by teacher from Romania- Mrs Georgia.

The main subject that day was army equipment, vehicles and leadership. The teacher showed the presentation after which we did listening and reading tasks.

That day we got also extra tasks to do after classes, in order to be prepared to the exam.


Day 4 - 06.04.2017

Today we attended classes which were part of international experimental semester. It took place at National University of Public Service in Budapest. We met with our teachers at 9 o’clock as always. We were divided into two groups with cadets from University of Defence from Brno, Czech Republic.

First of groups had Cross-Cultural Communication course with Aneta Kazanecka PhD, from Military Academy of Land Forces in Wroclaw, Poland. The rest attended Basic Military English classes which were given by an author of the students book for this course and English teacher, Mrs. Georgeta Obilisteanu from Romania.

During the English lesson we were learning about life in the, activities during the duty, different kinds of building we can meet at the base. Moreover we were told what activities soldier do during the basic training, regular duty and typical day of work. We shared our experiences about living at ours bases. Additionally we spoke about our basic military trainings, one of the hardest and challenging training we ever had.

After accomplishing topics we had to consider, Mrs. Georgeta told us about final test we had to write the following day. She mentioned which classes were the most important and what we should revise.

Later, we went for a lunch and finally we had spare time. We spent it for preparing for a trip to home, sightseeing Budapest and revising for the exam.


Day 5 - 07.04.2017

Friday was the last and the shortest day of our presence in National University of Public Service in Budapest. Lessons started at 9 am with the exam, which purpose was to verify our knowledge about issues we raised days before. The exam consisted of seven questions which concerned the following matters: military vehicles, military buildings and places, military ranks, branches in army and weapon parts. After that we made some STANAG 3 listening type exercises.

At 11 am all of the course attendants met with Col. Kovacks, who summed up whole week and gave us a questionnaires about course, e-learning system and eBook included in e-learning. Questions touched mainly our satisfaction and opinion about what we enjoyed most in the course, what we hated most and what should be changed to make whole thing better. We also received confirmation of our presence in the course and skills we obtained during the course.


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