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New Approaches to Language Classes for Migrants and Refugees is a Course

New Approaches to Language Classes for Migrants and Refugees

Ended Dec 10, 2018

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Full course description

Course Date:

Oct 22 - Dec 10, 2018

Duration:

7 weeks

Commitment:

3-4 hrs/week

Requirement:

None

Course Type:

Instructor-led

Credential:

Badge(s), Certificate (free)

Description

The Course is addressed to language teachers, volunteers, social workers - anyone involved in the support of second language learning, providing learning paths for migrants. It aims to provide facilitators with ideas, methodological approaches, practices and pedagogical-educational tools that are useful to integrate the dimension of non-formal and informal learning in language teaching, with the ultimate aim of supporting the integration of migrants into the hosting society. The main topics that will be covered are: "Diversity in the group of learners", "Non-formal education in the context of language learning", "Facilitating a safe learning environment", "Tackling Interculturality", “Facilitating Language learning in the immersive context”, “Becoming active in the local community”.

Objectives

At the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand ideas, methodological approaches, practices and pedagogical-educational tools that are useful to integrate the dimension of non-formal and informal learning in language teaching, with the ultimate aim of supporting the integration of migrants into the hosting society (at local and European level).
  • Deploy techniques that allow to design a language class programme that is flexible and inclusive of the cultural diversity of the target group (migrants) and allow them feel safe and interseted in the class.
  • Demonstrate how to integrate the tools of non-formal education with an empirical approach in the educational curriculum of centres and organizations providing courses to adult migrant learners.

Target Audience: Second Language teachers, volunteers and social workers who are delivering language classes for migrants (including refugees).


The course is developed under the Programme Erasmus+ of the European Comission. The responsible organisation is Association Cazalla Intercultural in cooperation with 5 more institutions.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This course reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Course Sponsors

Cazalla Intercultural

Cazalla Intercultural is an NGO from Spain working both on local and international levels. Read More.

Since 2000, Cazalla has been managing the Office of Cultural Diversity of the City Council of Lorca, organizing activities and events focused on social inclusion, intercultural mediation, research and investigation about the situation and the needs of migrants and the local population. Cazalla is also developing and managing national and international projects, with special focus on migration and interculturality, such as: reinforcement classes for children, language courses for newly arrived migrants, intercultural awareness programs in schools, courses on various aspects of immigration for young people and youth workers. Each year, Cazalla Intercultural offers a series of training programs aimed at developing the skills of trainers in non-formal education, intercultural learning, human rights education, guidance, counselling and the provision of services for young people. All these courses and trainings are aimed at adults who have the profile of educators, counsellors and trainers who want to implement non-formal education methods and intercultural learning in their respective fields of work.

REPLAY Network

Replay Network is an association of trainers active on an international level within almost all the EU programs dealing with non-formal education, learning mobility and active citizenship. Read More.

Replay stands for Resources for European Projects and Learning Activities for Youth, and its pool of trainers has spent a lot of time specializing in providing pre-departure, on arrival and mid-term trainings to EVS volunteers for the Italian National Agency. Replay Network also designs, organises and delivers international trainings for other NAs and realizes large scale international events for public bodies. REPLAY NETWORK is involved as a consultant for SALTO EUROMED and GOOD PRACTICES in the coordination of www.educationaltoolsportal.eu based on Tools for Learning. The pool of trainers of REPLAY NETWORK is currently involved as the national provider of the Italian NA for on-arrival training, with more than 900 foreign volunteers involved each year. The EVS on-arrival training programme in Italy foresees both intercultural and linguistic training. REPLAY NETWORK can count on trainers specialized in methods and techniques to teach Italian as L2 for foreigners. Within Adult Education connected to migrants, the association cooperates with a network of "(non-formal) schools for migrants", as well as with realities engaged in hosting refugees and migrants in Rome and developing educative pathways with them.

Hors Pistes

Hors Pistes is an organisation working in the field of non-formal education. Read More.

It aims to promote citizenship (equality, tolerance, altruism) in our intercultural society and the interdependent world. The organisation is involved in training youngsters as “change makers”, through enabling meetings and exchanges between youngsters from different cultures and various horizons. It is a non-profit organisation created in 2013 to take over the activities of Pistes Solidaires in the Provence-Alpes-Côtes-D’Azur region. Hors Pistes benefits from 10 years experience of Pistes Solidaires in the area in order to run quality projects supported by key partners and institutions. Organisation develops a number of international projects supported by the Erasmus+ program and OFAJ:

  • Sending, hosting and coordinating EVS volunteers,
  • International trainings for youth workers,
  • Intercultural youth exchanges in Europe, the Mediterranean area and Caucasus,
  • A strategic partnership aiming to facilitate the integration of young migrants through mentoring.
CRI PACA

The CRI PACA, Literacy Resource Centre of the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, is an independent, non-profit organization founded in 1997. Read More.

Its main mission is to provide pedagogical and technical support to all persons, professionals and volunteers involved in actions to learn basic skills and french as a second language. The organisation is supported by key partners and institutions in the area: local (Conseil Régional PACA), national (DIRECCTE, DRJSCS, DIRPJJ) and European (European Social Fund). Our mission is to support the implementation of public policies aimed at improving litteracy skills levels and language learning. The organisation is part of a national network of "Centres Ressources Illettrisme", linked to the Agence nationale de lutte contre l'illettrisme (National Agency to fight against illitteracy). Since 2012, it is also recognised by the national departement of immigration (DAIC/DAAEN) as “Expert Français Langue d’intégration” (Expert in the approach of teaching french to immigrants who settle in France). The social cooperative Isolaverde is a non-profit organization of social utility founded in February 2003. Currently it manages reception centers for people at risk of marginalization and exclusion, like asylum seekers, refugees, homeless people, etc., in order to improve their quality of life and promote their integration and social development processes. The cooperative promotes and organizes, in collaboration with other organizations and institutions, both public and private, meetings, seminars and cultural events. The cooperative employs several professional profiles: among them there are educators, political science and international relations graduates, psychologists, intercultural mediators, doctors, nurses, etc., in addition to administrative and technical staff. The cooperative has also set up a strong local network and interaction with other public institutions: hospitals, police, public health departments, adult education training centres, etc., as well as with other associations present in the territory. The cooperative is currently managing a reception center for asylum and international protection seekers with two main objectives: ensuring measures of assistance and protection to the person and encouraging a personal and structured path through which people can rebuild their own autonomy. Among the various activities realized in the center, the cooperative implements the following actions relevant for this aplication:

  • Linguistic and cultural mediation to support the dialogue and mutual understanding between the hosts and the institutions (schools, police, health and social services, etc.) and on all the occasions when mutual understanding becomes fundamental (relationships with the group, with the operators, with services),
  • Italian language course,
  • Support and measures to enter VET and Adult Education training opportunities,
  • Balance of competences to favor the hosts employability,
  • Educative, cultural and recreational activities.
IsolaVerde

The social cooperative IsolaVerde is a non-profit organization of social utility founded in February 2003. Read More.

Currently it manages reception centers for people at risk of marginalization and exclusion, like asylum seekers, refugees, homeless people, etc., in order to improve their quality of life and promote their integration and social development processes. The cooperative promotes and organizes, in collaboration with other organizations and institutions, both public and private, meetings, seminars and cultural events. The cooperative employs several professional profiles: among them there are educators, political science and international relations graduates, psychologists, intercultural mediators, doctors, nurses, etc., in addition to administrative and technical staff. The cooperative has also set up a strong local network and interaction with other public institutions: hospitals, police public health departments, adult education training centres, etc., as well as with other associations present in the territory. The cooperative is currently managing a reception center for asylum and international protection seekers with two main objectives: ensuring measures of assistance and protection to the person and encouraging a personal and structured path through which people can rebuild their own autonomy. Among the various activities realized in the center, the cooperative implements the following actions relevant for this aplication:

  • Linguistic and cultural mediation to support the dialogue and mutual understanding between the hosts and the institutions (schools, police, health and social services, etc.) and on all the occasions when mutual understanding becomes fundamental (relationships with the group, with the operators, with services),
  • Italian language course,
  • Support and measures to enter VET and Adult Education training opportunities,
  • Balance of competences to favor the hosts employability,
  • Educative, cultural and recreational activities.
CEA Alto Guadalentín

CEA Alto Guadalentín is a public center for Adult Education. Read More.

It was created in 1985 and, since then, we have been working on adult education in the municipalities of Lorca and Puerto Lumbreras from a formal point of view. The center has been working with foreign students for 30 years, providing them with Spanish courses for foreigners. The migratory phenomenon in the municipality of Lorca is numerous. It is made up, for the most part, of people from Ecuador, Morocco and Algeria. At present, the number of immigrants from Eastern Europe is also increasing. Every year we have more than 140 students going through the language classes. This linguistic and cultural heterogeneity allows that the teaching and the work in the classroom acquires shades of an authentic intercultural education.