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Language MEets Intercultural Competences
Start date: Jan 1, 2012,

The success of European integration especially of migrants and children with migration background is depending on two factors: a) early language learning of the host country language and b) better intercultural awareness within society on all levels. Regarding language learning in early childhood there are systems and approaches in place to support children's language learning in kindergarten and other forms of institutional childcare, however this is only half of the story. Extra institutional childcare is much more complex and differentiated in terms of professionality, organisation etc., these may be child minders, day care mothers, au pairs and other semi-professional child care workers. This target group is so far suffering from a lack in knowledge and competences to support early language acquisition of children as well as cultural integration of their families with migration background. This problem situation forms the basis of the current project which is aiming at the development of a training programme for the described target group (extra institutional childcare) in the identified fields. Because of the different backgrounds and situations of the members of the target group from a didactical perspective, a blended learning approach (as a combination of face-to-face learning with e-learning and distance learning) seems to be indicated. The project outputs will be a blended learning training programme with all materials (handbooks and learning materials) in the field of early years language learning as well as intercultural competences. The training programme will be developed and tested by the project partnership which is consisting of organisations representing the different forms of the target group envisaged together with training organisations, universities and NGOs from seven European countries. Results will be available in all partner languages to support the dissemination and further exploitation of the results.
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