Language Stay 2.0 - supporting qualitative and sustainable language courses abroad (Li-Lingua)
This project aims to integrate, adapt and apply the so called Pluri-Mobil tools from the eponymous project at the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML, institution of the European Council) at the Liechtenstein Gymnasium to promote sustainable and more efficient learning in language stays of pupils. The main project topic follows the use of the PluriMobil tools as a bases and to develop a new framework for the language stay at the LG, test it and evaluate it within a pilot-language-stay, applied by 109 pupils and 5 teachers at the same time.
From the background and history: For more then 10 years the pupils from the LG (10 and 11 school year) could attend a two weeks language stay abroad, in the 5th and 6th classes offered: 1 year before having the final school leaving examination (Matura) for France, two years before in England. With the objectives in the areas of language studies, fostering of language skills and intercultural competencies, personality formation and learning motivation are connected. In 2012 the Pedagogical University "Pädagogische Hochschule in St. Gallen" evaluated the language stays on LG's and recommended to design this activity more efficiently. This project will follow the recommendation and at the same time the European Commission 's recommendations , as described in the Erasmus program guide + program to promote language learning and linguistic diversity as one of the specific objectives of the program.
New challenges and exploring new avenues: As a result of the project the consortium will develop a so-called LG-PluriMobil toolbox based on the PluriMobil tools which are originally developed by the ECML. Within the consortium the Office of Education of the Principality of Liechtenstein (Schulamt des Fürstentum Liechtenstein) will participate with the Institute Interlingua - a longtime organizer of language stays in the Principality of Liechtenstein, the language schools Idiom in France and Totnes European School in U.K., furthermore the ECML from Austria as the innovator ensuring the transfer of innovation, and Global Partners Online Communication Services as central project manager from Liechtenstein. All partners already have been working on joint projects. This project will establish a sustainable and proven in use, validated by accompanying quality assurance measures, new frame structure for the organization of language stays in Liechtenstein. Testing the tools and its implementation include a language stay for 109 pupils of the LG, preparatory and follow-up work as well site visit at receiving schooly by 5 specialist teachers and training of language teachers at receiving schools.
A well-structured internal and external quality management supports the achievement of the project objectives. The dissemination plan provides - in addition to individual activities - the implementation of a multiplier event in Liechtenstein at the end of the project lifetime. This should provide an opportunity for stakeholders in education, to gain feedback about the implementation of PluriMobil within mobility activities and invites all parties for discussion. For sustainability reasons, the LG-PluriMobil Toolbox will be held freely available through the project period on the project website.
The project phases are (slightly adjusted through the late project start): - Phase 0 Preparation: from project start until the end of March 2015 - Phase 1 Innovation transfer and preparation of language stay: Dec. 2014 - March 2015 - Phase 2 Implementation language stay: April 2015 - Phase 3 Follow-up and evaluation language stay: May 2015 - Jan. 2016 - Phase 4 Dissemination, quality assurance and project end: Nov. 2015 - June 2016
With this project, the key competences "foreign language skills", "learning to learn" and "social competence" and "cultural awareness and expression" are addressed.