Date(s) - 01/01/2021 - 30/11/2022
Slovakia and around Europe
The aim of the project was shift in perspective from a traditionalist approach to language education and teaching while the learner is viewed as a receptor for a more progressive communicative approach that takes into account the needs of the participants and the motivation to learn the language as the primary source for further follow educational activities as well as cares about the development of communication skills in general, which are necessary in the 21st century.
The Language learning to support active social inclusion project included 3 short-term joint staff training events:
Communicative Language Teaching
As an approach both on a conceptual and practical level. The principles of CLT was key importance as this seems to be the approach at present well known, but not so many educators take into account the basic principles of CLT. Besides, they learnt about the methodology of task learning as one of the basic ones CLT methodologies and will practice a lot in this area of using this type of techniques. In addition, participants had the opportunity to exchange good practices in working with various groups of adults in their local communities.
English through drama and art
This activity allowed teachers to learn and practice the use of theater techniques as
a methodology for learning adult languages. Thanks to this, educators got language teaching skills through integration games, improvisations and stage studies with particular emphasis on the use of non-verbal communication as complementary to verbal.
Social inclusion through English
The last activity focused on learning more about social inclusion in education. Participants learnt how language competences can serve as a tool for social inclusion, and also considered ways to ensure social inclusion when teaching languages to different groups of adult learners (including rural areas, social differences, cultural diversity, migrants, refugees).
Website of the project: https://www.languageinclusion.com/
The publication is available here: Language learning to support active social inclusion
Articles about language learning are available here