TANDEM – TAsk-based laNguage teaching anD collaborative lEarning for upskilling low-qualified Migrants

The OECD’s survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) has shed light on 20% of adults in Europe who lack key competences in literacy, numeracy, and ICT, which is problematic because low skills and qualifications are closely related to social and economic exclusion. At the same time, the migrant population in Europe has been increasing since 2015 and a part of those newly-arrived migrants are low-skilled or their qualifications are not being recognized in the new country. Migrants, compared to natives, have higher unemployment rates and this gap only increases when being low-skilled. There is just a need for new possibilities to increase skills and employability, but also in new ways to recognize skills and competences acquired through non-formal learning.

According to the European Parliament, Key Competences for empowerment, social inclusion and employability include the ability to communicate in the mother tongue, in a foreign language, cultural awareness and expression, and digital competences.

TANDEM aims to improve migrants’ key competences and employability, enabling them to capitalize on their linguistic abilities through an innovative learning opportunity based on non-formal methodologies, and promoting cultural exchange and peer-learning between migrants and local adults. TANDEM shall hence develop an innovative upskilling pathway based on the Task-Based Language Teaching methodology, providing migrants with a set of tools enabling them to teach their languages, and by doing so, increase the competences of both themselves and local adults.

ACTIVITIES AND RESULTS

  • INTERACTIVE MAP OF LANGUAGE COMMUNITIES AND SKILLS

Through the involvement of local adults, migrants, professionals and a desk research, the language diversity and key competences of migrants and adults in each country will be shown. The results of the desk and field research will be combined in an interactive map.

  • OPEN TEXTBOOK ON TASK-BASED LANGUAGE TEACHING FOR LANGUAGE TEACHERS

After a focus groups with teachers on Task-Based Language teaching (TBLT), an Open textbook on TBLT will be developed, aimed at the practical implementation of the methodology

  • MOOC ON TASK-BASED LANGUAGE TEACHING

Design and development of 5 learning modules and of a MOOC on TBLT for migrants who want to teach their language. It will be piloted in blended learning with 15 migrants, and will finish with a mock class delivered by those migrants to 15 locals as final step of the pilot testing. In order to make all the staff familiar with the implementation of the MOOC, the language cafes and the evaluation and monitoring tools, a Training of Trainers will be organized in Italy.

  • HAND-OUT FOR CULTURAL AND LANGUAGE EXCHANGES

Development of a hand-out for cultural & language exchanges and arrangement of language cafes workshops in which migrants and locals can exchange and learn each other’s’ language while using Task-Based Language Teaching, while also increase intercultural dialogue. The hand-out will be tested during 4 language café workshops.

  • FRAMEWORK ON SKILLS SCREENING, MONITORING AND VALIDATION

Set-up and adjustment of Framework on Skills Screening, Monitoring and Validation, inspired by ECVET and oriented to monitor the level of progress achieved by the learners and provide validation of the knowledge and skills they have acquired. It will also include a badge and certificate system to ensure the validation of skills acquired through non formal learning.

  • EVENTI

In total, 12 events will be organized, two in each country. One in the form of a TANDEM Open Classes, to present the project’s results and to give an opportunity for the participants to test the methodologies acquired with the MOOC and the Cultural & Language exchanges, and the other as a TANDEM Language Bazaar in which stakeholders will be invited and get to know the project and its methodology.

PARTNERS

FUNDING INSTITUTION

Erasmus+; KA2 Innovation

PROJECT DURATION

01-10-2019 al 31-03-2022

CONTACT

CSC: vidjaya.thelen@danilodolci.org