COMBI, minority languages in support of migrants

Dec 19, 2016Education and Training

The kick-off meeting of the COMBI “Communication competences for migrants and disadvantaged background learners in bilingual work environments” project was held on the 9th and 10th of November in Leeuwarden (The Netherlands). The project is funded by the DG Education and Culture – Erasmus+ Programme, KA2 Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education.

The project involves six partners from five different countries. The other partners are: Fryske Akademy (coordinator, The Netherlands), Elhuyar-Zubize (Spain), Banaiz Bagara elkartea (Spain), Axxell Utbildning AB (Finland), Swansee University (United Kingdom), Centro per lo Sviluppo Creativo “Danilo Dolci” (Italy).

All partners have a wide experience in EU projects and education in multi language environments. Partners met in Leeuwarden to talk about the project and they agreed on objectives and responsibilities/tasks of the project according to their competencies.

The goals of COMBI project is to develop innovative and inclusive/systemic practices and methods focused on acquiring communication competences in the languages required in the workplace. It takes into consideration the multilingual reality of European regions. The aim of the method is not to acquire full competences in two or more languages, but to make sure that the regional language is taken into consideration as far as it fulfils language requirements in the workplace.

Among the activities of the project:

  • Need Analysis of the target groups’ educational needs
  • Development of training modules
  • Pilot training
  • Monitoring the impact of the COMBI method on end-users’ attitudes and practices
  • Multiplier events to disseminate the results of the project

The COMBI project lasts 36 months. Next project meeting will be held in the Basque Country (Spain) in June 2017 where the first results and intellectual outputs will be discussed.

COMBI is coordinated by Dario Ferrante on behalf of Centro per lo Sviluppo Creativo “Danilo Dolci”