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Collaboration to Assist in Vocational English (2)
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This project has evolved over several years' relationship between the parties, one a vocational secondary school in Hungary the other a training provider of Functional Skills and Teacher Training, based in the UK. Similar mobilities have been undertaken before under project 2014-1-UK01-KA102-000569. The objective is to provide short, two week mobilities, for 140 trainee teachers of ESOL learning in the UK to; -Visit Hungary to obtain experience in teaching English in a Vocational Secondary school and technical context, -Provide 1:1 support for learners outside their group classes. And -For the accompanying teacher trainers to have the opportunity for cross-fertilisation with colleagues from Hungary. This will be done in 14 cohorts comprising approximately 10 participants over the project lifetime of 24 months. The experience and impact gained from the mobility will: -Feed into the participants' target qualifications in the UK by making use of the evidence generated during mobility, -Allow Hungarian teachers to directly experience approaches prevalent in the UK, -Allow Hungarian learners access to additional support in English to more effectively participate in further mobility projects abroad. -Allow teachers of ESOL in the UK to more effectively cater for learners from Hungary who represent a large percentage of the migrant worker community in the UK, as they will be more familiar with their expectations and experience. -Allow teachers of ESOL to have a clearer idea of the challenges which Hungarian learners of English face, through having undertaken a brief course in Hungarian delivered using communicative methodologies, which are typical of the English lessons such learners will face. The effectiveness of the mobility will be evaluated through; -Holistic assessment of the participants' competence in teaching through examination of products (lesson plans, reports etc.), direct observation of their performance (in teaching) and professional discussion. This assessment will be carried out by the accompanying staff who will also provide essential underpinning knowledge of methodology, linguistics etc, as part of the participants' teacher training programme, outside the college learning day. -Frequent focus groups of both participants and the sending and receiving organisation to ensure that the project continues to meet the needs of participants and the partner institutions, Genius Solutions Limited trading as Languages Training & Development (Witney, UK) which has been providing training for teachers since 1996 and Tolna Megyei Szent László Szakképzo Iskola és Kollégium (Szekszard, Hungary) which has been in operation as a vocational training college since 1928. The project will be disseminated via the applicant organisation's (Genius Solutions') well established reputation with: -Employers in the field of Language Training, -Awarding bodies of teacher training qualifications, -Membership of Professional Industry organisations.
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