Technical and academic training: training of teachers and young researchers in the universities participating in the project through 2 workshops based at two of the universities that are members of the consortium. 20 mobilities of junior professors and researchers to receive training in the areas of expertise of these two partners have been granted.
Alma Mater Studiorum â€“ UniversitÃ di Bologna (25h-27th May 2022)
This training activity has been held at the University of Bologna and has dealt with the tools that gamification could offer to improve the teaching to immigrants and refugees. The activity consisted of a workshop aimed at professionals and young researchers from the consortium member institutions who are working in Applied Linguistics and have professional interests in issues like this.
Gamification was highlighted as an emerging trend in the Higher Education Edition of the NMC Horizon Report 2014 and 2015 and since these years the presence of this methodology in education has been increasing. However, it is still an issue that requires further development and proper implementation in the classroom since it is a technological reality which is constantly changing. The advantages of gamification in second languages teaching are multiple, among which are: the increase of self-confidence, the reinforcement of skills and knowledge and of the technological literacy, the stimulation of attention and concentration, the development of social relations and cooperation, the encouragement the use of logic and strategy and, of course, the improvement of the learning experience and, as in consequence, the academic results.
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Heidelberg University (6th-8th December 2022)
This training activity has been held at University of Heidelberg and has dealt with the creation of new materials in immigrant and refugee language teaching. The activity consisted of a workshop aimed at professionals and young researchers from the consortium member institutions working in applied linguistics and interested in creating materials, both physical and virtual, for immigrants and refugees. In particular, the workshop has focused on reviewing the creation of materials from an integrative and adaptive point of view with respect to immigrants and refugees, based on the concept of socio-linguistic integration (Moreno FernÃ¡ndez 2009). Thus, the differences between general and group-specific language teaching materials were analysed, since, as some authors point out, it is essential to consider the specific identity of the learner. Furthermore, different approaches to the creation of materials have been discussed: the communicative approach, the contributions approach, the cooperative approach, etc., in order to make learners critical in the way they plan to create materials.
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Salamanca University Multiplier Event (14th July 2022)
On July 14, 2022, the first multiplier event of the INCLUDEED project took place in Salamanca, Spain. Members from all the consortium traveled to Salamanca to attend and participate. The team led by Professor FernÃ¡ndez Juncal presented the Intellectual Output 1: Guide for the linguistic inclusion of migrants. This event was the perfect setting to make an official presentation for our IO1 and to receive immediate feedback from experts in the field, professionals, and the audience. At Cursos Internacionales the main researcher, Carmen FernÃ¡ndez Juncal, presented the guide and explained its objectives. It was aimed at teachers, NGOs volunteers who teach language classes, and anyone interested in training for foreign and second language teachers. It aimed to provide guidance on the first steps a teacher should take when dealing with a language class for migrant or refugee students. The conversations and discussions that took place contributed to continue thinking about more and new ways of developing materials for the linguistic integration of migrantsÂ and refugees in our cultures and communities.
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Poitiers University Multiplier Event (29th Juny 2023)
The second multiplier event took place in the University of Poitiers, France, on June 29th 2023. The main goal of this event was the dissemination of the INCLUDEED Project and its Intellectual Output 2: the multilingual course A Step Forward. This international, national, regional, and local meeting was opened to all those interested in the topic, whether they were professionals or not, although the main target groups were: 1) Immigrants and refugees who want to explore the course and its learning options to improve their socio-pragmatic and intercultural skills. 2) Professionals and semi-professionals who daily work with these groups independently or through public or private institutions, NGOs, etc., especially those dedicated to language teaching. 3) Language teachers and learners who do not belong to the former groups, but who could use these materials in their classroom work and learning processes. 4) Professionals in the field of language teaching, applied linguistics, and the reception and integration of immigrants and refugees in European countries, interested in learning about new materials for language teaching dedicated to linguistic inclusion.