Prehistory of the Project

20 August, 2009

Plunges suaugusiuju svietimo centras initiateda a GRUNDTVIG preparatory visit in January 2008 to start an international language project.
Partners from Spain and Turkey came to Plunge to share the ideas and fill in the application for Calls 2008. The coordinator of the project R. Smilingiene, Lithuania and her collegues from Spain Norberto Ojeda Zamora and Engin Pamir from Turkey worked on the project and submitted it in February 2008, but the application was approved only by Spain so the project "Language Unites Europe" could not start.
The initiators of the project did not give up. They made some changes to improve it and submitted for the next GRUNDTVIG Call 2009. The project is approved in 4 countries and is going to start in August 2009.

Project Summary

The project aim is to develop civic and cultural competences of adult learners through foreign language learning.
The project focuses on adult learners who are out of formal education and willing to be active EU citizens, learn more about other countries and share experiences with colleagues. Learning a foreign language is the way which helps them to become creative, active, open-minded European citizens.
During the project all participating countries will create and conduct 2 Modules (50 hours each) for developing English language speaking skills based on topics suggested by learners from all participating organizations.
Acquiring English language speaking skills the participants will make contacts with each other and explore other cultures. This cooperation will strengthen the role of the life long learning and develop the feeling of European citizenship of learners and teachers. The partnership will support their creativity and motivation to be active open-minded European citizens. The acquisition of speaking a foreign language competences will support adults’ employability and mobility in the labor market.
The English language teachers will exchange experiences in foreign language teaching methodology for adults, materials and make contacts with each other which will enrich their European Teacher competences and will lead to further cooperation in other European projects.
The goals of the project will be achieved through non-formal education by using innovative methods and ICT.