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Developing and Sharing Adults´Language Teachers´ (e)Skills

The title of this Strategical Partnership is “Developing and Sharing Adults’ Language Teachers´ (e)Skills” of duration of 18 months with the aim to Exchange of Good Practices.

The main objectives of the Strategic Partnership are Teachers´ Development through Exchange of Good Practices with the help of four International Training Courses carried out in all participating countries; Digital skills as an integrated part of curriculum in theory and practice; Creation of Erasmus+ Teachers Development Course by each partner organization; Intercultural Dialogue between the participating countries from Nord and South; Internationalization of Adult Education in the field of language learning is one important objective of our project.

The expected outcomes of the Strategic Partnership are a Teachers´ Development with Digital and Distance Teaching Skills and Language Methodology; a collection of Guidelines of the most important online resources to use for language teachers to make distance language teaching more effective; an Erasmus+ Teachers’ Development Course for each institution; Development of curriculum will be in theory and practice: Digital teaching skills and resources will be integrated into the current curriculum;; the intercultural competences and cultural awareness of the teachers will rise through the international teamwork; Internationalization of adult education in the field of language learning ; Satisfaction of Adult Language Learners due to the improved quality of lessons both in the traditional or virtual classroom Impact of the Strategical Partnership

At the local, regional, national level it is expected to have opportunities of working together and sharing ideas and experiences, improving on ICT and foreign language skills, promoting the quality of Education, providing Educational development with the participating institutions in Europe and add the European dimension to Education, learning multicultural diversity; learning the International and global cultural values, providing opportunity of equality, and compare the different educational systems.

At European and International level, it is expected to Raise awareness of Multicultural shape of Europe.

Funding
Erasmus + Program (European Union)

Project Reference
2020-1-EE01-KA104-077624

Period
01/10/2020 to 28/02/2022

Duration
18 months

Researchers

  • Professor Ana Cunha (Lead Researcher)
  • Professor Lucimar Dantas

Partners
The project brings together 4 entities from 4 European Union countries listed below:

  • Multilingua Language Centre (Estonia)
  • LatInSoft SAI (Latvia)
  • Escuela Oficial de Idiomas Estepa (Spain)
  • Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (Portugal)

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PESE- Professional English Skills For Employability Across EU

Unemployment in the EU remains a serious issue to tackle and this project highlights the development of language skills and how that can help in reducing unemployment, a notion shared by the EC: “Foreign language proficiency is one of the main determinants of learning and professional mobility, as well as of domestic and international employability” (European Commission 2012).

The ability to effectively communicate at work is one of the 21st Century Skills demanded by employees. Feeling confident and competent in a foreign language plays a vital role in enhancing employability and mobility. The English language is so widely used in the EU and around the world in general that gaining some mastery of it provides the user with clear employment advantages. There are some studies that suggest that the probability of being employed when a candidate has appropriate English skills in some cases increases by up to 12%.. In a 2016 survey on foreign language skills Eurostat reports that ‘It was common to find that employed persons had the highest level of foreign language proficiency when compared with the shares recorded among unemployed and inactive persons of the same age.’

The typical activities employers usually require from their English-speaking employees are writing and answering emails and handling telephone calls which require a special form of professional language that state school does not provide. On top of that, many English users are required by their employers to attend meetings, give presentations and handle negotiations – all in English. Again, these all require a special set of linguistic skills, not to mention cultural awareness. Generally, these topics come under the banner of ‘Business English’ to which access is usually restricted to the middle and upper management personnel or financially healthy companies. In other words, the unemployed have no access to this education. For the unemployed student seeking presentation skills for university, for the charity organiser attending meetings in Brussels, for the Erasmus + participant negotiating with partner organisations, for the mediator engaged in peace talks all these professional English skills would be invaluable. As well as set functional phrases and idioms, there are the soft skills – rapport-building, summarising, back-channeling and body language – that enable success in these activities. For presentations alone there are numerous to make them impactful with signposting, hooks and an understanding of word and sentence stress.

The objectives are:

  • Make high quality professional English training available for specifically unemployed citizens across Europe.
  • Produce a sensible ready-to-go framework for a curriculum for professional English that can have an impact on language teachers and trainers.
  • Upskill unemployed citizens with professional English skills that are actually required by employers.

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Funding
Erasmus + Program (European Union)

Project Reference
2020-1-UK01-KA202- 079035

Period
09/11/2020 to 30/09/2022

Duration
24 months

Researchers

  • Professor Ana Cunha (Lead Researcher)
  • Professor Anabela Mateus

Partners
The project brings together 5 entities from 6 European Union countries listed below

  • Eurospeak Language Schools Ltd (United Kingdom)
  • Macdac Engineering Consultancy Bureau LTD – MECB (Malta)
  • Asociatia TEAM 4 Excellence (Romania)
  • CSI Center for Social Innovation LTD (Cyprus)
  • Babel Idioma y Cultura S.L. (Spain)
  • Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (Portugal)

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