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Completed EU projects

Primalingua – We Speak European
Project Website: www.primalingua.info

Primary school children from all over Europe work on a multimedia portrait of themselves by using a web-based learning platform. They create multimedia portraits of themselves, their school, and their surrounding area and exchange their experience with Primalingua students throughout Europe. The students communicate in the language they learn and they have in common: English, German or French. They also present their results in their national language.
 
The children learn

  • to work creatively with media tools like camera, recorder, and computer
  • to use a foreign language authentically as communication tool
  • to get to know the diversity of languages as well as cultural similarities and differences in Europe.
  • The teachers of 50 European Primalingua primary schools gain new methods and competences in both early foreign language teaching and media application and didactics. Moreover the Primalingua network and the learning platform offer a basis for further cooperative projects and the exchange of both teaching as well as learning experiences throughout Europe.

Primalingua is funded within the European project „Lifelong Learning“ with a grant of 305.000 Euros (75% of the entire budget).

 

Montanalingua - Experience Language
Project Website: www.montanalingua.com

The basic idea of this project is based on the interdisciplinary connection of experiential education and modern foreign language teaching.

The language work is part of the experiential education
Essential characteristics of the experiential education are outdoor exercises, adventurous challenges, group experiences, cooperation, fairness and tolerance within the team or in other words: the outdoor experience in a group with corresponding values. We took up these methods and ideas and connected them to the learning foreign languages. Learners are leaving the familiar learning environment and do activities like cooperative adventure games, building a natural piece of art, doing an orienteering, having to cross a stream or climbing in a high rope course. The language work is part of the experiential education. The activities are designed to promote communication between participants, cooperation, team spirit, fairness, as well as creativity and initiative of solving problems. Emotions will be provoked and all senses are involved.

It is necessary to actually speak the foreign language to reach a target
The learners have to effectively communicate with each other to cope in the adventure. They must cooperate as a team, use their foreign language knowledge as a group, thereby picking up vocabulary and grammar structures, if necessary train them and use them in a target-oriented way to cope the adventure. It makes sense to learn to be able to face more challenges.

 

INTEGRA
Migrants‘ Integrating Kit- Basic Language for Dealing with Financial matters – INTEGRA
Project Website: www.integra-project.eu

Coordinator
SOROS International House in Vilnius/ Lithuania

Partners
Partners from Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Great Britain, Germany (dialoge language institute Ltd), Greece, Spain, Romania, Belarus and Turkey

Project Idea
In our modern society of knowledge with its growing mobility, migrants are confronted with a variety of challenges before they can feel as a part of a new community. Their integration is often even more difficult because of the insufficient knowledge of the language, as well as the lack of a special knowledge about financial matters. The target of the project is to create a network of relevant institutions throughout Europe together with the social partners of the corresponding countries to reach the migrants of the partner countries and to improve their language skills regarding financial matters.

Output

  • A website with language teaching and learning materials in the languages: English Lithuania,n, German, Dutch, Polish, Greek, Spanish, Romanian, Belarus, Turkish, French, Bulgarian, Russian, Somali, Pashtu, Dari and Arab
  • CD  with teaching and learning materials in all languages of the partners
  • European network of migrant representatives in all partner countries
  • Innovative language teaching methods for migrants
  • Information about money and how to use it in all partner countries
  • "Best practice" examples in all partner countries
  • Links to organisations and projects in all partner countries

Target Group
Migranten von innerhalb und außerhalb der EU, Sozialpartner, Bildungsinstitute, andere Migranten unterstützende Organisationen

Project Length
October 2010 - September 2012

INTEGRA is a project within the programme „Lifelong Learning“ and is funded by the EU with 309,185 Euros (75% of the entire budget).

 

V-Lang - Virtual Realities
Project Website: www.v-lang.eu

V-Lang "Creative and open language training in virtual realities" is a European project within the programme "Lifelong Learning" key activity 3 (Information and communication technologies – ICT) with financial support of the European Commission. The project was developed with the help of six partners out of five EU-countries: Spain, Greece, Poland, Lithuania and Germany. The dialoge language institute participates especially with its long-term experience in the field of language teching and it takes part on spreading the idea of V-lang.

The target of V-Lang is the wide-spread use of virtual learning situations in the field of online language training. This has already been tested successfully with commercial products like the language lab.

The use of virtual 3D-realities in the field of online language training provides a full audio communication system which enables the students to put their language knowledge into practice. This is done in wide learning worlds and offers collaborative and problem-based learning situations which encourage the creativity and motivation of the students.

The V-Lang concept concentrates on development, testing, and spread of free toolkits based on the open source which allows a quick integration of virtual realities into online language learning.

The toolkit provides situations ready to install (virtual village and classroom) which create comprehensive and collaborative learning environments. Besides there are hints for methods about the integration of such methodical approaches into the traditional online language training and for evaluating concrete effects on this field.

Lifelong Learning Programme
The programme for lifelong learning of the European Commission (EACEA) enables poeple in all phases of life to get inspired by learning experiences and supports the development of the education sector throughout Europe.

 
Key Activity 3 aims at the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to create innovative teaching and training methods as well as to facilitate the start of lifelong learning. Furthermore Key Activity 3  helps developing advanced operating systems.

 

Take Care
Take Care-language guide for migrants on the subject of health
Project Website: www.takecareproject.eu

Coordinator
Pressure Line Rotterdam/ Netherlands

Partners
Partners from Lithuania, Germany  (dialoge language institute Ltd), Cyprus, Spain, Romania, Bulgaria and Portugal.

Project Targets
Supporting language skills acquisition  in the field of health services for migrants; language support for persons professionally working in the field of health services; creating a Europe-wide network of organisations and institutions working for migrants; contribution to intercultural communication.

Output
The main product is the language guide for migrants on the subject of health. It consists of a collection of phrases (phrasebook in Bulgarian, Dutch, English, German, Greek, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish), a glossary in 17 languages, useful information about health care in all partner countries, as well as a linguistic basic-emergency kit for professionals. With the developed materials, both language crash courses for migrants as well as training units for migrant organisations and institutions which are responsible for the integration of migrants will be implemented. 

Target Group
Migrants within and outside of the EU, social partners, Educational Institutes, other organisations that support migrants.

Project Length
November 2012 - October 2014

The project is funded by the European Commission within the programme „Lifelong Learning“ – Grundtvig multilateral project, project number  526736-LLP-2012-NL-GRUNDTVIG-GMP.

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