Building on work undertaken in three successive Thematic Network Projects devoted to enhancing the relevance of Higher Education language programmes, this project aims to develop and implement new curricula in the area of multilingual communication for first cycle language students. The new programmes will be designed to help graduates in the arts and humanities sector across Europe broaden their career prospects and to produce the highly skilled multilingual experts needed to operate effectively at the European and international level as both mediators and organisers in industry, local and regional government, NGOs and other international organisations. On the basis of updated needs analyses and constant dialogue and feedback from practising professionals in the areas concerned, learning outcomes for multilingual professional communication competences will be defined and a curriculum framework developed for the implementation of new first cycle language programmes. Learning materials will be developed in English and in the five other languages of the consortium (French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian) as well as in the non-European languages taught in several of the project partner institutions, and will be made available via an online resource platform. The main beneficiaries of the project will be undergraduate entrants to Higher Education in coming years who are already proficient in at least one foreign language and who wish to acquire additional competence in another European or non-European language and in advanced professional communication skills. Mature students with multilingual skills who wish to enhance and validate their professional experience within an academic context will also benefit from the new programmes and resources available.
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