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Didaktisch-methodische Konzepte für die berufsorientierte Fremdsprachenvermittlung als Beitrag einer europäischen Berufsausbildung
Start date: Sep 30, 2015, End date: Aug 29, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

According to the data from the Statistical Office of the European Union the unemployment rate in the euro area amounted 11.2% in February 2015. A massive problem remaining is the high youth unemployment rate from under 25 years-old persons. Most notably affected with rates over 50% are the crisis-shaken states Greece and Spain, as well as Italy and Portugal with youth unemployment rates over 40% or 35% and Ireland, Belgium, France and others of the new southeast European member states with a rate from 20-30%. In line with the goals of the Europe 2020 agenda, the project aims at supporting the employability and mobility from pupils, trainees and students through the improvement of their linguistical and intercultural competences. Language skills are the key to a modernization of the European education system and to an improvement of the social economical structures. With the improvement of pupil’s, trainee’s and student’s language skills increase their ability for mobility and integration possibilities on the European job market. Poor language skills prohibit professional mobility abroad and impair the competence skills from European enterprises and organizations on international level. In the project ‘Teaching methodology concepts for vocational teaching of foreign languages as a contribution to a European vocational training’ the school administrations from Lleida and Osnabrück mutually with their eight partners would like on the one hand to increase the teaching practical competences and experiences of the professional teaching students of ‘Spanish’ and students of ‘German as a foreign language’, on the other hand to impart Spanish trainees vocational foreign language skills, intercultural competences and knowledge about the country. The protagonists of the projects are the school authorities, the Spanish school inspectorate, vocational schools of the two regions, the universities of Osnabrück and Bielefeld and a training location for disadvantaged teenagers. The project activities will be determined through the topics planning, companionship and evaluation of vocational teaching in German as a Foreign Language at the Spanish vocational schools. Through the didactical-systematical concept of the communicative vocational teaching of German as a foreign language, a long-termed continual strategy of the teaching classes should be achieved connected with the development and trial vocational teaching material to impart lexical, morphological and syntactical structures. The project results will be disseminated and published through the internet and in the print media. In focus is a website with all project results for the different language facilities and linguistical structures. A creation of a digital and interactive pictorial dictionary will prove the special role of the lexis for the mediation and acquisition of the vocational language (GFL). Other planned project results are a desk book of methods with exemplary teaching materials, a tutorial for (job) application training and material for the mediation of intercultural and geographical learning contents. Furthermore, the internationalization of the professional teaching education through teaching practice abroad, the improvement of the German student’s language skills as well as the setup of cooperation between institution of teacher training at vocational and academic level and the setup of cooperation between institutions of vocational education are in focus. The development, exploitation and dissemination of innovative and learning or studying-centered pedagogical concepts for teaching are aspired in order to improve the language competence in the field of vocational education. An essential aim of this project is, next to the enhancement of the language competencies and the creation of methodical and didactical concepts for teaching, the leveling of the European education level. The exceptional and innovative part of the project is that German students of different faculties (GFL and Romance studies) and the involved trainee institutions of both countries develop technical school contents and methods which can be adopted and make use of by other European education facilities. The sustainability of the project results from the activities and the benefit of language acquisition and its mediation for the involved partners as well as for different European partners.

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