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PESE

Professional English Skills For Employability Across EU

Funding – Erasmus + Program (European Union)
Project Reference – 2020-1-UK01-KA202- 079035
Period – 09/11/2020 a 30/09/2022
Duration – 24 months
Researchers:
Professor Ana Cunha (Principal Investigator)
Professor Anabela Mateus
Partners:
The project brings together 5 entities from 6 European Union countries listed below
• Eurospeak Language Schools Ltd
• Macdac Engineering Consultancy Bureau LTD – MECB
• Asociatia TEAM 4 Excellence
• CSI Center for Social Innovation LTD
• Babel Idioma y Cultura S.L.
• Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (Portugal)

Currently, the ability to use English to gain employment and carry out specific professional task like delivering presentations or attending international meetings is largely left either to chance or specific in-company on-the-job training. This project focuses on providing unemployed learners with skills to use English in a professional context. This upskilling is intended to enhance the learner employability. This is particularly relevant in those EU countries where unemployment is 23%. It should be added that at the time of writing with Europe being the epicentre of Covid-19, with possibly massive mid-term implications for the job market, training for employability becomes ever the more relevant. Skills development can reduce unemployment, raise incomes, and improve standards of living (The World Bank). While this type of training is often, ironically, available for those already employed, this project will address the priority of enhancing access to training and qualifications for all.

This project highlights the importance of English skills so that they are appropriate for the workplace. According to research by leading publisher, Pearson, while 92 percent of global employees report that English is important for their career progression, only 7% of non-native English speakers in global companies believe they can communicate effectively at work – for example, when using English in emails, conversations, phone calls or meetings. As a result, businesses are missing out on crucial benefits to the bottom line: Pearson found that improved English skills can boost a businesses’ productivity. On average, companies gained one working week per year, per employee. For a multinational business this means thousands of weeks per year. According to a recent study analyzing the return on investment of communications, companies that are effective communicators have a 47 % higher total return to shareholders over a 5-year period compared to those who weren’t effective in this area. This priority of supporting the uptake of innovative approaches and digital technologies for teaching and learning because all outputs are readily accessible online and therefore represent cost-effective training for the unemployed and remove the burden from employers who may have to invest in a new employee’s shortfall in linguistic competency.

The priority of social Inclusion has been chosen because although English is taught in general way in a variety of educational settings including language school- there has been little emphasis on providing learners with the professional English skills that they actually need in the work place, such as holding meetings, writing professional emails and giving effective presentations with a full awareness of the psycho-linguistic devices needed. While access to such training can be achieved with in-company Business English classes, this obviously relies on employment and usually a certain professional status. For the unemployed, who vitally need the training, no such pathways exist.

Project website: pese-erasmus.site

Facebook: peseproject

(e)Skills

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

Funding – Erasmus + Program (European Union)
Project Reference – 2020-1-EE01-KA104-077624
Period – 01/10/2020 a 28/02/2022
Duration – 18 months
Researchers:
Professor Ana Cunha (Principal Investigator)
Professor Anabela Mateus
Partners:
The project brings together 4 entities from 4 European Union countries listed below
• Multilingua Language Centre
• LatInSoft SIA
• Escuela Oficial de Idiomas Estepa
• Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (Portugal)

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 the European and International level, it is expected to raise awareness of the Multicultural shape of Europe.

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LINGO+

Alliance for multilingual and multicultural competences for teachers

Funding – Erasmus + Program (European Union)
Project Reference – 2020-1-UK01-KA201-079026
Period – 15/10/2020 a 14/10/2022
Duration – 24 months
Researchers:
Professor Ana Cunha (Principal Investigator)
Professor Anabela Mateus
Professor Inês Nemésio
Partners:
The project brings together 6 entities from 5 European Union countries listed below
• Amolingua Ltd
• Euphoria Net Srl
• Krystal Microsoft Academy Ltd
• Istanbul Avrupa Arastirmalari Dernegi
• Budapesti Metropolitan Egyetem
• Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (Portugal)

The European context is extremely significant, with three alphabets and 24 official languages, and some 60 other languages spoken in particular regions or by specific groups. Current (initial and in-service) teacher training practices often do not correspond at all, or only partially, to the plurilingual and intercultural approach. Generally, they remain enclosed in monolingual traditions; only very rarely are the boundaries between disciplines (in the case of both languages and other subjects) overstepped.

The project “LINGO+” intends to bridge the gap between schools and teaching in multilingual and multicultural settings creating a set of tools and teaching materials addressed to teachers of foreign languages, as they are on the front line in teaching one or more languages; teachers of other subjects that would like to teach in other languages; students of all ages, even if we believe our tools will be especially (but not only) implemented by high-schools.

The main objectives of this project are facilitating the acquisition of linguistic and intercultural abilities; promoting coordination of lessons, with a view to greater coherence and synergy between the learning of foreign, regional, minority and classical languages, the language(s) of schooling, and also the language dimension of all subjects; supporting teachers to acquire the principals of multilingualism and intercultural awareness and learn how to incorporate them in their daily routine; developing both dimensions of language (linguistic, sociolinguistic and pragmatic knowledge, skills and existential competences) and cultural (knowledge, skills and existential competencies relevant to social groups who speak a given language and their cultures) competencies; develop multilingualism competencies emphasizing their social role in terms of employability, social relations and tolerance towards other cultures.

The results of the project will be: A Methodological Guide for a role-model bilingual and plurilingual education for teachers with a repository of the best bilingual and plurilingual existing teaching practices; the development of educational tools and designed game-based and project-based activities that could be used in a classroom; the development of a platform with video courses for teachers combining classes about bilingualism and plurilingualism together with cultural intelligence, intercultural communication, and multicultural education providing teachers with knowledge, skills and existential competencies relevant to an understanding of other cultures and cultural diversity, prompting reflective and critical thinking about one’s own culture; the development of an online self-assessment questionnaire, with pre-recorded recommendations, an online tutorial explaining how to use the repository, video courses and developed tools and games.

 

STORYLINE

Erasmus + STORYLINE: STORYtelling for (Language) Learning in an Interactive and Nonformal Environment

Funding – Erasmus + Program (European Union)
Project Reference – 2020-2-RO01-KA205-080819
Period – 01/11/2020 a 31/08/2022
Duration – 24 months
Researchers:
Professor Ana Cunha (Principal Investigator)
Professor Anabela Mateus
Professor Inês Nemésio
Partners:
The project brings together 5 entities from 3 European Union countries listed below
• House of Education and Innovation (HEI)
• Universidad De Granada
• Phoart Production S.R.L.
• Didark. Didáctica de Arte y Arqueología S.L.
• Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (Portugal)

STORYLINE aims to empower young people, to innovate youth work in the field of storytelling and language learning/ teaching and to foster social inclusion and cohesion through an intercultural, inclusive and intergenerational approach. While originally storytelling emerged as a form of passing on cultural heritage and other teachings, this project uses this concept as a bridge between the youth and the elder.

The project facilitates the dialogue between locals and expats, the young and the elder communities, in order to raise awareness on the importance of community’s cooperation for the achievement of social prosperity.

Each country will host 1 training of youth workers. After the youth workers’ return to their countries, they will organize a local workshop for youth on storytelling. The 20 youth together with the experts will interview the elders and people with fewer opportunities, who went through hardship, from their community, about their stories (about their life, their city, interesting facts from their past, their cultural heritage etc.).

The stories will be selected, edited and adapted to different levels of reading material for young learners. The youth will also be involved in the editing and translating process of adapting the stories. The adapted stories will be in the StorytellingHUB – a platform for language learning, and an eBook. The eBook will also comprise good practices in language learning as developed during the youth workers’ trainings.

The 63 stories available on the HUB, 12 of them will be transformed into Virtual reality “escape rooms”. This game will be called “EscapeStory Sphere” and will be an interactive language-learning game which promotes cultural heritage and storytelling as a way to learn about a language and a culture. The game will be available free, online, and can be used with VR glasses or without, by using a laptop, phone or tablet.

The project’s main aim is to encourage intercultural and intergenerational connections and promote cultural heritage and exchanges through storytelling and language learning.

Website project: storylineproject.eu

Facebook: STORYLINE.YOUTH.PROJECT

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