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Title of the Project
PH goes East, Faculty of Educational Sciences in Vienna
Brief description
Target groups: Teachers, trainee teachers, students, all types of schools, as well as employees - at the University of Education Vienna. Project objectives included: Dealing with multilingualism in and outside the classroom; Encouraging communicative use of the language in and outside the classroom; Developing the 4 language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing); Promoting linguistic and cultural diversity.
Deliverables included a lot of media attention, a wider offer of intercultural courses at the Faculty of Educational Sciences in Vienna, as well as ongoing evaluation as part of bachelor theses.
Target Language
Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Turkish, Other
Higher Education
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Since the '60s Austrian society has become more and more heterogeneous both culturally and linguistically. While these realities were ignored to a certain extent in the beginning, in the meantime it has become clear that it is important to deal professionally with cultural and linguistic diversity. "PH goes East" is intends to set a mile stone in this context, aiming at developing relevant language competences for the world of work.


- Awareness raising to languages and cultures of Eastern Europe, with a focus on similarities and differences between the target language and culture and Austrian culture
- Familiarisation with migration backgrounds
- Dealing with multilingualism in and outside the classroom
- Looking at the cultural context and developing a better understanding for children whose first language is not German
- Communicative use of language in and outside the classroom
- Basic language content, necessary for successful communication
- Developing the 4 language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing)
- Increasing awareness of contrastiveness in oral and written communication
- promoting linguistic diversity in multilingual and multicultural educational environments.


The innovative dimension of this project consists in offering language courses with a focus on East European languages, combining new methodological approaches with awareness raising to cultural aspects. The insights derived through this targeted training are meant to help future teachers to deal more professionally with children who have another mother tongue than German and who come from another (non-Austrian) cultural background. The project is intended long-term, as it offers 'tasters' in typical migrant languages. Teachers from all possible levels and various types of educational institutions are invited to attend.


Results reach from teachers' personal success stories in dealing with pupils of various linguistic and cultural backgrounds, to extended partnerships with a wide range of institutions, as well as to extensive media coverage (locally, at national level, but also in neighbouring countries) and the broadening of the course offer as a result of increasing demand.


Consistency with European Policies in the field of Language Learning

• enhancement of quality of language teaching
• focus on evaluation of performance of language teaching and learning
• focus on teacher training
• promotion of new approaches to language teaching and learning
• promotion of multilingualism
• focus on the development of tools for monitoring progresses in the field of language learning
• focus on linking between VET qualifications that include language skills and the CEFR
• promotion of the development of teaching material for the learning of less widely spoken languages

Consistency with European, National and yearly priorities

- promoting the learning of less widely taught and learned languages, alongside the learning of widely used languages;
- promoting plurilingualism and multiculturalism among young people with a migrant background;
- encouraging positive attitudes to linguistic and cultural diversity and providing inspiration and a model of best practice for other initiatives.

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Date: 2014.10.27

Posted by Aurelia (RO)

Message: I think the strong points of this project are: the focus on the media; the objective of promoting linguistic and cultural diversity, as well as the preocccupation to create regional bonds (between Eastern European countries). As an interesting idea for our future projects, I would use the \"personal success stories\" of the people involved in the project as an instrument to measure the project\'s impact. This could be a good ideea even for a new project in itself: a data base with success stories of teachers, pupils, students, adult learners... involved in different projects focusing on foreign languages and multilingualism. It could be used as a motivation factor for new projects and new people to involve in projects. It could also be used as a database with authentic language material to be used in language classes.

21 December 2014

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