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Erweiterung der sprachlichen und kulturellen Kompetenzen im Hinblick auf die berufliche Zusammenarbeit mit internationalen Geschäftspartnern für Studenten der Technikerschule für Maschinenbautechnik.
Start date: Sep 15, 2016, End date: Sep 14, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

There are 27 students of the College of Technical Engineering who will take part in the project. They have had five years in English language education, a graduated vocational education in metal 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. The project partner Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE) in Norwich, Great Britain offers the opportunity to our students to improve their English language skills, especially concerning the demands of a technical engineer. This includes technical outings to local factories and staying with local families. 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 job relevant 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.The focus of this project is on the following subject specific main topics:The development of a mechanical engineering product during the whole two weeks course including business meetings enabling the students to take part in discussions, write and answer business letters as well as giving subject related presentations in English. During all of these activities skilled Tutors from NILE observe the students progress to make sure that they are well prepared to work in an English speaking work environment. The basis for the activity is a Memerandum of Understanding and a learning agreement between the partner organisation (NILE), the students and the Technical College of Engineering in Memmingen. To adjust and fine tune the content of the course programme according to the students demands, a permanent contact between the involved organizations is essential. The content of this learning agreement is furthermore the basis for the evaluation process of the activity to find out wether the previous made arrangement were achieved. 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 make sure the course links to the language demands of the students successfully at any time of the project.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 two German teachers are at hand if their might occur any problem, like students become ill, etc. After the first five days 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 Hethel or the IWM Aircraft museum in Duxford are made as well as trips to places and sights of cultural importance about which the students have to report and give presentations.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 activity.The impressions of the whole trip, the experiences and improvements the students made will be told to the local media, narrated and described in the annual schoolbook and 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 handed out to the students at a special ceremony at school.

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