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Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our institute is planning to make use of the opportunity given by the Erasmus + EU funded project to create a change in our profile we have been planning to do for a while. Our language institute is in the process of applying for funding for 9 language teachers and one course-coordinator working in the office. In the frame of our successfull application submitted in March 2014 9 other language teachers and one course-coordinator have been given the pportunity to participate in the mobility project and to gain experience in the field of gero-education. Alltogether twenty colleagues of ours in total will have the opportunity to make good use of the knowledge of the countries which are a ahead of us concerning experience and research. In our language school most of our adult students are determined to study English, whereas the second most popular foreign language is German, followed by Spanish and Italian. Therefore we chose our partner institutes from English-speaking and German-speaking areas and now in 2015 we have opted for partner schools in Spanish and Italian speaking countries, too in order to make our strategy plan complete. Our language school has been present in the field of adult education since 1992 and in the course of the recent five years we have paid more and more attention to the needs of the adult students aged 45+. While analysing the dominant tendencies emerging in the sector of independent language schools, it has become clear for us that in addition to the age groups of secondary school students and young adults, the number of senior adult students aged 45+ is higher and higher year by year. Since in each member country of the European Union, including Hungary, there are new job-market related and demographic trends, it is the mutual interest of both the individual language learners aged 45+ and the language teaching institute involved in adult education, that bigger and bigger emphasis should be placed on the needs of senior students. It also meets social demands in addition to the individual and institutional targets. Our language teachers, without exception, are qualified teachers in foreign languages and most of them have work experience of long years in the field of adult education, due to our HR policy. On the basis of a thoroughly compiled set of selection criteria we have chosen the travelling colleges from among them who we would like to mobilize in the frame of the 2014 and 2015 projects. The most significant aspect of selection has been the highest probability of selecting colleges we can expect the best results of in the long run. While planning this current project we have set a well-defined aim of providing our language teachers and our course coordinators with special knowledge to be gained in the field of geroeducation and geronto-andragogy and we have made efforts to find partner institutes that can fully satisfy these needs. For this reason we have forged relationships with institutes which are perfectly suitable for organising tailor-made courses during which our participating teachers can widen their horizon and can have a deeper insight into the special methodology of teaching foreign languages to senior students. We have endeavoured to set up a schedule to avoid overlapping and to secure the continuous completion of all the jobs in our school. You can see the details in the attached scedule. Expectations: a wider scope of special knowledge and new competences on the part of our teachers benefitting our language school in the terms of reputation as well as financial prospect. At the same time our parte institutes are also supposed to take advantages from the cooperation.
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