Aims and products

Aim of the Project

The project aims to develop language learning materials tailored to the specific needs of low-skilled migrant workers. 

 

Learning materials  cover 3 main areas:

  • Construction-specific language 
  • Language for health and safety
  • Language for social interaction.

 

 

Learning outcomes

The learning materials to be developed include a video (see the example below) and supporting text-based materials for each of the 3 area, for use either as a ‘toolbox’ or on an e-learning platform.

 

Materials in DE, EN, ES, FR and NL will rely heavily on visual prompts and contain simple language with a focus on meaning comprehension and speaking skills. Materials will be designed to be within levels A1/A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

 

Two different learning environments

The learning materials can be potentially used by a large number of migrant workers on an individual/migrant community/company basis, in VET centres in construction sites and/or in language courses for unemployed migrants.

 

The materials will be developed for two different learning environments:

 

The materials can be used in a classroom environment in times of unemployment, when migrants are often sent to language courses by Employment Agencies.

 

In periods of employment, language learning can be organised either directly on construction sites or close to the workplace – e.g. in container-like classrooms in big construction sites on workdays or in community centres at the weekends, with the help of mentors (learning facilitators), such as migrant community ‘leaders’ with good host country language skills.

 

A combination of both learning environments can be used,  for example, in practice-oriented multi-company training centres. These centres offer training services throughout the year to apprentices and construction workers interested in further education and training. In many cases these centres count on financial support from Employment Agencies, the ESF, and/or other public bodies at local, regional or national level.

 

Due to the large number of planned outcomes, products are expected to be available in the course of 2014.

 

Learn more about Project Background

 

Access e-learning platform

English

TOOLBOX (UK)

Accès plate-forme de e-learning

Français

BOITE À OUTILS (FR)

Toegang tot e-learning platform

Nederlands

TOOLBOX (NL)

Acceso plataforma de e-learning

Espana

TOOLBOX (ES)

Zugang zur E-Learning Plattform

Deutsch

TOOLBOX (DE)

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