Thanks to the European Social Fund, the ‘Bremen Integration Qualification’ (BIQ) project provides not only language lessons free of charge for young immigrants in Bremen, five days a week, but also lessons in mathematics and IT, which allow them to improve their maths and computer skills while gaining experience for an apprenticeship. Since the start of the project nearly 900 young immigrants have benefited from these opportunities. Managed by the Red Cross, BIQ is already providing support to young people fleeing the war in Ukraine.
Read more about this wonderful project here: https://ec.europa.eu/european-social-fund-plus/en/projects/creating-pathways-employment-immigrants-through-language-learning
Picture: (cc) Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Europe in Bremen
Migrant people often travel to Europe through many countries before reaching their destination. Each country they enter has different cultures and customs, and language plays a major role in facilitating or hindering their journey.
Understanding and being able to communicate in a language allows us to access information and make informed decisions. For thousands of people living in transit and in refugee camps, language barriers are a difficult reality of everyday life. They often rely on information from refugees and friends who have gone through the same experience, especially because local authorities, humanitarian aid workers, and volunteers do not usually speak their languages. Refugees and displaced persons are exposed to more threats to their lives when they do not speak the local language. In some refugee camps, volunteers offer language lessons to bridge the gap left by government institutions that have failed to address the needs and rights of refugees. Generally, they can only get professional linguistic help from interpreters and translators via non-profit organisations and NGOs.
Another output from the VALIANT community at the #ErasmusPlus VALIANT PROJECT – This time a booklet from the #VirtualExchange supporting teachers of Ukrainian refugees. The document offers a compilation of resources gathered from the guest speakers on the topic. Download link
On 14 January 2022 the Education Department hosted a Webinar to present a new reference guide for Literacy and Second Language Learning for Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants (LASLLIAM).
About 400 participants, mainly language educators from different countries, including from outside Europe, attended the event, participating actively in an exchange with the authors.
The reference guide was developed by a group of experts and the Council of Europe Education Department to support high-quality learning environments for non- and low-literate migrants. Research has shown that when it comes to language or knowledge of society courses, the needs of this group of migrants are rarely taken into consideration, and they are rarely offered a sufficient number of hours of teaching to reach the language level required.
The authors explained how research was used to develop the guide aimed at supporting language educators, curriculum designers and language policymakers in their endeavour to design, implement, evaluate and improve curricula tailored towards the specific needs of the target learners. They also presented new visions of teaching literacy and second language and of assessing low-literate learners across Europe.
The pilot phase of the project is about to start, aimed at developing tools and scenarios referring to LASLLIAM. The reference guide will be launched at a Conference on the 30th of June 2022.
You can find the recording of the Webinar here, as well as the Presentations given by the experts: https://www.coe.int/en/web/lang-migrants