Project name: “Supporting non-professional teachers to introduce migrants and refugees to national languages”

Duration:  24 months

Coordinator:  INFODEF (Spain)

Financed by: Erasmus+ Program – Strategic Partnership – Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices

Partners: CEIPES (Italy), Asociation La Bien Paga (Spain), CPIP (Romania), IASIS (Greece), INQS (Ireland).

On the 26 of March, Fulvio Grassadonio and Luisa Zappalà from CEIPES attended the kick-off meeting (KOM) of the project “Lay Teachers” in Valladolid (Spain).

The KOM was the opportunity to get to know all the consortium members and to build the team for a smooth and trustworthy implementation of the project.

The day was articulated according to a clear agenda that was respected in every part.

After the personal introductions and the presentation of each organization, the overall project was presented by the coordinator in its activities, responsibilities and time schedule.

Refugees and certain types of migrants present very particular and challenging characteristics that require not ordinary language courses but an initial introduction to the culture and national language through non-conventional effective teaching methods adapted to specific needs.

Participatory didactic methods have shown a good progress in learners who have not profited from formal teaching, and active pedagogies such as relating lessons to real life, individualization, self-directed work and collaborative learning are among the pedagogies with the strongest evidence in favor of their effectivities on the basis of the literature review.

Therefore the consortium supporting the linguistic integration of adult migrants in 5 countries will work together to set up non-formal learning and co-create and test innovative and freely accessible Open Educational Resources (OER) including a training curriculum (IO1), an online platform (IO2), guidelines and recommendations (IO3) on introducing migrants and refugees to national languages.

The consortium will provide “lay teachers” (not trained language teachers) of adult education with the necessary skills and non-conventional innovative methods and tools such as cooperative learning and contextual meaning-based learning with the active support and cooperation of a network of key associated partners and relevant stakeholders at local, national and European level.

In details:

  • With regards to the IO1: partners will define the Competence Framework for the non-professional teachers and volunteers working with adult education providers and civil society organizations. Overall the Training Guide will be a tool aimed at facilitating and enhancing the transfer and recognition of learning outcomes in introducing migrants and refugees to national languages.
  • With regards to the IO2: it will concern an exhaustive compilation of cutting-edge methodologies and approaches in innovative non-conventional teaching learning methods and tailor-made resources to introduce migrants and refugees to culture and national languages.
  • With regards to the IO3: tips and recommendations will be developed also for the transferability of the project outputs and its use by other organizations in Europe.

Impact:

– Pedagogical impact by generating learning/teaching approaches, methodologies and tools  

– Economic impact through improving preparation for the labour market

– Technological impact by creating Open Educational Resources

– Social impact promoting a better socio-labour integration of beneficiaries in participant countries.

The Consortium agreed that the next partners’ meeting will take place in Timisoara (Romania) on the 7 of June 2019.

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