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Anwendung und Vertiefung der Englischkenntnisse für Technikerschüler für Mechatroniktechnik
Start date: 01 Jun 2016, End date: 31 May 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

There are 30 students of the College of Technical Engineering who will take part in the project. They have already had five years in English language education, a graduated vocational education in mechatronics or electrical engineering and at least one year work experience. As English is the international language for job related communication the objective of this project is to improve the students’ English language skills. The focus of this course is to improve the students’ English communication skills. On this programme as well as the course content the project partner, Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE) in Norwich, Great Britain offers students further opportunities to improve their English language skills. These include technical outings to local factories, trips to famous sights of cultural importance and staying with local families where they have to speak English. Giving these students this extraordinary opportunity to immerse themselves in English language and culture in this way means that they will improve their language skills and gather experience in a member country of the European Union which enables them to gain knowledge and also share it using a common language. Furthermore the students not only learn more about the way of life in a foreign country but also more about the different conditions and processes at workplaces. The students learn how to cope with standard situation in daily life by communicating in a foreign language. This experience and the ability to exchange knowledge in English will improve their chance of getting a better job in their home region and also sharpens the view for the necessity of being mobile within the borders of the European Union and beyond. Our stay abroad programme covers speaking more confidently, reading, writing business related letters and giving presentations in English as well as cultural awareness. The basis for the activity is an educational agreement between the partner organisation (NILE), the students and the Technical College of Engineering at the vocational school I in Kempten (Staatliche Fachschule für Mechatroniktechnik). The content of this educational agreement is furthermore the basis for the evaluation process of the activity and the Europass Mobility, which will be acknowledged by our partner organisation.Before the actual stay abroad the students will be prepared in pre-courses aside from regular English lessons to provide them with the necessary language skills as well as to help them to organise the trip. Even at this early stage of the whole activity there is a steady correspondence per email between NILE in Norwich and our school to fine tune the needs of our students for their stay abroad.The courses, the excursions and the social programme in Norwich is organised by NILE itself as well as the homestay. The language course takes two weeks and consists of ten days with five hour lessons per day. At the beginning of the course the tutors check out the special needs of the student and divide them into two groups according to their English knowledge. At all-time one or two German teachers are at hand if their might occur any problem, like students become ill, etc. At the fifth day of the course an interim evaluation will be made by filling out a questionnaire to ensure the quality of the activity and to enable the tutors at NILE to take action whether special needs are demanded. To practice the achieved language skills in real situations visits to factories like the Lotus Car Factory in Hethersett or the RAF Aircraft Museum in Duxford are made as well as trips to places and sights of cultural importance.At the end of the course the students obtain a course specified certification as well as the Europass Mobility which will be signed by the two partners (NILE and the College of Technical Engineering).Being back to their home country the students have to fill out a questionnaire to tell about the improvements and experiences they made and to critically evaluate the outcome of the activityThe impressions of the whole trip and the experiences and improvements the students made will be told to the local media, narrated and described on the school’s homepage. Furthermore the Language Passport of the European Union will be filled out by the students themselves during English classes.Finally the Europass Mobility will be hand out to the students at a special ceremony at school.
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