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Enhancing language education in cross-border vocational education

In border regions, promoting language learning plays a particularly important role, especially in professional and vocational education. Within this project, a manual will be developed and piloted in the project's border regions, which is adapted to the specific context of cross-border professional and vocational education. This will include guidelines, plurilingual and intercultural training modules and a teacher portfolio.
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Working languages of the project: French, English
Project term: 2020-2023
Shortcut: www.ecml.at/crossbordervocationaleducation


Main idea and objectives

This project focuses on the promotion of language learning in cross-border working environments. Plurilingual and intercultural competences, among others, are needed for living and working in a border region. In this context, neighbouring language(s) play(s) a major role in communication. All over Europe, the issue of training specific to such settings is one of increasing importance. However, our research and experience in border studies show that specific concepts for language learning and teaching in these contexts are still lacking. The concept of competences needed for successful communication according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), its Companion Volume and the Framework of Reference for Pluralistic Approaches to Languages and Cultures (FREPA) has to be adapted to border settings. The project activities, which bring together expertise from three different border regions, attempt to close this gap.

The team members from Germany, Luxembourg, Poland and Lithuania already cover different border regions, therefore representing different geographical, political, economic and social contexts The associated partners in Romania, Catalonia, Denmark, Northern Germany and the SaarLorLux region have been chosen to extend this spectrum further. Even if certain challenges are specific to particular areas, many of the questions and problems are the same in different border regions.


Goethe-Institut Nancy
(since 2015, version 12/2020) 

The Goethe-Institut Nancy (Grand Est region, France), as an associate partner in the project "Enhancing language education in cross-border vocational education", is contributing its expertise and extensive experience in the context of vocational training in the French-German border region. As part of its "Grenzgänger" ("border crosser") project, the Goethe-Institut Nancy, with the support of the German Ministry for Foreign Affairs, seeks to:

  • encourage young people, regardless of their background, to consider and undertake cross-border mobility through intercultural training. More than 700 young people have already taken advantage of specially designed training courses in person or online;
  • contribute to bringing together the various players in the field of vocational training;
  • support teachers of German and non linguistic disciplines in their work. 

For more information on the project and intercultural training for young people see: www.goethe.de/france/grenzgaenger

Expected project results

We will focus on innovative processes which facilitate the crossing of linguistic and cultural borders and on the development of CLIL methodology in professional settings, connecting research to real needs on the ground.

Within this project, guidelines and training modules for plurilingual and intercultural teaching and learning will be developed and piloted in the project's border regions. Furthermore, a teacher portfolio will be developed on basis of the European Language Portfolio (ELP). The outputs will be compiled in a manual for educators in cross-border environments, working with younger learners in vocational education or with adults in professional education.

Besides the main target groups (teachers and learners), cooperation will be established with existing authorities involved in cross-border activities, especially in relation to the job market, as well as with similar institutions in the different border regions. The long-term aim of the project aims is to bring together researchers and practitioners as well as political, economic and educational stakeholders.

Target groups

The results will be relevant to researchers, teachers and teacher educators as well as stakeholders in professional and vocational training in border regions.

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