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Title of the Project
Communication and Vocational Language Skills
Brief description
It was a joint project of Alanta (Lithuania) Technology and bussines school and Steinfurt (Germany) Technology school. Both schools train professional joiners and throughout the project the trainees worked together and communicated in foreign languages. They compiled a German-English-Lithuanian dictionary/glossary of carpentry terms and made it available for use at other vocational schools in Germany and Lithuania. They also organised seminars and conferences in which they presented their project.

Coordinator:

Alantos technoligijos ir verslo mokykla

Mildute Skebiene


Moletu raj. Naujasodis

Tel: ++37038358370
alzum@is.lt
Country
Lithuania
Year
2003
Target Language
English, German, Lithuanian, Other
Sector
Vocational Education and Training
Further Information

THE INITIATIVE PROMOTER’S PERSPECTIVE

Background

The background of the project was to establish close cooperation with Staeinfurt technical school, Germany, to implement private and project visits to both schools.

Objectives


The objectives of the project were: to raise students’ motivation, to enrich their communication skills (foreign professional language), to widen their outlook, to develop understanding of European citizenship and of other country’s culture and traditions, to develop their professional skills

Approach

According to Laima Paceviciene ( project coordinator), the school students of carpentry often lack basic education and do not have any motivation to study. They usually come from low income, single-parents' families. Some of them require a special teaching approach. Mainly such students from both schools were involved in the project activities. During project exchanges the students from Lithuania learned to work with modern technology wood processing machinery, students from Germany developed their manual skills. The language of communication was English, but at both schools were organized lessons of German and Lithuanian languages. During the exchanges and in between students gathered and compiled dictionary of carpentry terms in English, Lithuanian and German languages. The project activities at both schools were integrated into curriculum according to “ Lehrplan fur die Berufsschule in Nordhein – Westfalen Tischler” (Germany) and carpenters teaching standarts of Lithuanian Ministry of Education(2000 m.)

Results

-produced a LT-DE-EN glossary
-produced furniture
-enhanced language and communication skills
-increased motivation of students and staff
- received certificates
The project results met the initial plans and expectations. The final results were bookshelves, stools, cabinets, and a three- language glossary of carpentry terms. The quality of the results was audited by the representatives of industrial companies, the indicators adopted were such as skillfulness, creativity and etc.
Impact of the project: students enriched their knowledge and skills, teachers shared their experience and learned new methods, local communities were constantly informed about project activities and had a chance to develop their outlook on European citizenship as well.

Why the European Language Label?

According to Laima Paceviciene ( Project coordinator), the project team wanted to share our experience and to be evaluated by the wider community.

Activities following the award of the European Language Label

The project results were described in the local and national media. Copies of the glossary of carpentry terms were sent to other vocational schools

Assessment of the Impact of the European Language Label

During all these years we feel the benefits of the ELL. The teachers and students have become more active, more motivated to participate in project activities. This was one of our first projects and since that time many Comenius and Leonardo da Vinci projects have been implemented.

Added to the school's profile and increased motivation of staff and students

Recommendations for future applicants for the ELL

At vocational schools language learning initiatives should be connected with students ‘ specialities and should be made as interesting, attractive and original as possible.

THE NELLIP NETWORK’S PERSPECTIVE

Consistency with European Policies in the field of Language Learning

Promotion of exchanges in vocational education; raising awareness of other cultures and raising motivation to learn

Consistency with European, National and yearly priorities

Raising standards of vocational education; application of language and communication skills to sensible professional activities

THE NATIONAL AGENCY’S PERSPECTIVE

Motivations

Promoton of professional / vocational education in one of the Lithuanian regions.

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Date: 2014.10.29

Posted by Stefan Colibaba (Romania)

Message: It is a project that deals with a concrete support to students in carpentry from Lithuania and German. These resources are oriented to specificities of the target student : a learner who focuses on practical skills and who needs special motivational strategies for academic achievement. For these students the project produced a LT-DE-EN glossary of carpentry terms, it also produced furniture ( bookshelves, stools, cabinets), made contacts between schools and the local industries and contributed to enhanced language and communication skills and increased motivation of students and staff.

21 December 2014

Audio- video presentation of the NELLIP project

An audio- video presentation of the NELLIP project has been created and made available in the Information section of the NELLIP portal. To access the presentation please click here: http://nellip.pixel-online.org/IF_intro.php.