THE INITIATIVE PROMOTER’S PERSPECTIVE
Target group: non native (Dutch) speaking teachers, wishing to teach their mother tongue or another discipline in the Flemish educational context (where Dutch is the working language and the language requirements are high). They either have a pedagogical degree from their home country or want to obtain a pedagogical degree in Flanders (in Dutch). The teachers were unemployed at the time of the project, and registered as such at the VDAB (employment office) - partner in the project.
Module 1 = intensive language course, in preparation to the pedagogical training (in Dutch).
Module 2 = Dutch language coaching, parallel to the pedagogical training (in Dutch).
The final objective of the project aims at inserting the participants in the labor market, as teachers in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium.
The target language level is C1 in Dutch.
1. written and oral screening: language level (B2 required), motivation, needs...
2. quality control through language tests and individual feedback
3. stimulating equal opportunities through job creation for foreign teachers in the official Dutch eduactional environment
4. win-win for the Flemisch educational system: intercultural awareness and deployment of native language teachers
The first edition (2004) counted 16 participants: 14 of them still continued the pedagogical training after completion of the language modules, which corresponds to a success ratio of 90%.
Several other editions took place in the following years.
There are not a lot of awards in the area of language learning and teaching, the choice for this Label was obvious.
In the following years, Linguapois applied (and obtained) more labels, with e.g. Eurocatering Language Training.
Poster sessions, use of the logo & the reference as an instrument for quality assurance, posting small articles in the corporate newsletters...
The ELL is not very well known by a broader audience, so the impact is rather limited. But the fact of having obtained a label is better than not having obtained a label at all.
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