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ECML PROGRAMME - Programme 2012-2015

A European learning network for professionals supporting work-related second language development

Language for Work is a European learning network for professionals teaching the language of the host country to migrants and ethnic minorities in work-related contexts. The network helps members share and develop their practice.

Project results

Events

WORKSHOP

24-25 June 2015

"Developing migrants’ language competences at work"

Venue: ECML, Graz, Austria 

Coordinator: Matilde Grünhage-Monetti, Germany

Co-animators: Florence Mourlhon Dallies, France; Alexander Braddel, United Kingdom; María Teresa Hernández García, Spain

Working languages: English and French, with simultaneous interpretation



Note on workshop focus

This workshop focuses on supporting adults to develop work-related language skills in the majority language(s) of the country where they are resident. Typical learners include migrant/ethnic workers and also low-skilled workers who are native speakers of the majority language(s) of the country.

Please note that the workshop is concerned with work-related language learning for adults.

Expected outcomes of the workshop (for the participant)

  1. Access to a European multidisciplinary professional network;
  2. Greater understanding of adult language learning for vocational contexts in different European countries;
  3. Greater awareness and understanding of the role of language development for vocational competence.
Participants' profile:
 
Professional background: Researchers with an interest in workplace learning/language development/migration/ skills/ labour market participation; national skills policy makers; workforce development professionals; teacher trainers working in the field of adult second language learning; vocational instructors; providers of apprenticeships & pre-employment programmes; teachers of the majority language involved in or planning workplace provision, employer and trade union representatives.

Experience, competences required: Expertise/professional interest/practical engagement in skills/workforce development policy and practice; adult second language acquisition; social cohesion/inclusion; workplace learning; migration studies/policy; readiness to engage with interdisciplinary issues and with participants from diverse professional backgrounds; capacity to act as a "change agent" advocating for progressive policies and practices in this field.
 
Expected involvement/tasks before, during and after the event:

Before: Review policies and practice in own country/region relevant to vocational language learning for migrant/ethnic workers and/or low-skilled majority-language speaking workers; review (briefly) Language for Work website (//languageforwork.ecml.at/)

During: Active participation, e. g. involvement in small group work, discussion of policies and practice in own and other countries/regions

After: Willingness to disseminate results in own country/region and commitment to sustaining a European learning network beyond the project

EXPERT MEETING

26 June 2015

"Developing migrants’ language competences at work"
Venue: ECML, Graz, Austria 
Coordinator: Matilde Grünhage-Monetti, Germany
Participants: project team

Past events

Expert mission in the framework of the ECML project “Developing migrants' language competences at the workplace” (LanguageforWork)

10-13 September 2014

4th international conference: Applied Linguistics and professional practice (ALAPP)
Venue:
Geneva, Switzerland
Experts:
Alexander Braddell, United Kingdom; Matilde Grünhage-Monetti, Germany
Project site:     //www.ecml.at/languageforwork
Conference site: http://www.unige.ch/alapp2014/PresentationFormats.html

EXPERT MEETING

24-25 July 2014
"Developing migrants’ language competences at work"
Venue: ECML, Graz, Austria 
Coordinator:Matilde Grünhage-Monetti, Germany
Participants: project team

Expert mission in the framework of the ECML project “Developing migrants' language competences at the workplace” (LanguageforWork)

3-4 June 2014
3rd Intergovernmental Conference: “Quality in the linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants (LIAM): from values to policy and practice”
Venue: Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France
Expert: Alexander Braddell, United Kingdom
Project sites:  //www.ecml.at/languageforwork ; www.coe.int/lang-migrants
Conference site: http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/linguistic/conference_EN.asp

Expert meeting

2-3 May 2013
"Developing migrants’ language competences at work"
Venue: ECML, Graz, Austria
Coordinator:Matilde Grünhage-Monetti, Germany
Participants: project team

NETWORK MEETING

5-6 December 2013
"Developing migrants’ language competences at work"
Venue: ECML, Graz, Austria
Coordinator: Matilde Grünhage-Monetti, Germany
Participants: NN

Expert meeting

28-30 March 2012
"Developing migrants’ language competences at work"
Venue: ECML, Graz, Austria
Coordinator: Matilde Grünhage-Monetti, Germany
Participants: project team

NETWORK meeting

6-7 December 2012
"Developing migrants’ language competences at work"
Venue: ECML, Graz, Austria
Coordinator: Matilde Grünhage-Monetti, Germany
Participants: learning providers, researchers, employer or trade union official, skills agency representative or policy-maker


In cooperation with the 
Moscow State Linguistic University

PARTICIPATE

Project workshop in 2015 - if you wish to participate click here and contact your National Nominating Authority