Summary & Objectives

In view of the increasing internationalization and worldwide interdependence of the economy, intercultural competences are becoming more and more important in the daily work of crafts, industry and service professions, but are often not provided for in the curricula of vocational education..
Intercultural competences are a part of social competences. Teamwork, communication, tolerance, appreciation and respect for others are important not only in intercultural encounters, but more generally in working life and beyond.
The modules and materials developed in the project are designed to support competence development in this area and have the character of a training. They can be used as an additional offer to the regular lessons in the following fields:
  • as part of individual training days;
  • for a project week “intercultural competences” also in combination with the training of “social skills”;
  • as a preparation for a stay abroad or for students and apprentices participating in international exchanges;
  • for an international exchange which is hosted by your school or organization in regular vocational education, especially in social sciences or humanities a special field of work in the project is the methodology of CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) which was used for different fields and topics of vocational learning.
The project partners are vocational schools, training organisations, teacher/trainer associations, Chamber of Commerce from Germany, Austria, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Portugal, Czech Republik and Romania who have a vast experience in creating and designing new teaching approaches and innovative methods of teaching. The objective of the project is to test existing and newly created learning modules for teaching intercultural competences as additional units in vocational training and to make them available for other vocational schools and stakeholders in vocational training.
 
Project activities
1. Analysis and evaluation of existing learning modules from former partnership activities for teaching intercultural competences in vocational training.
2. Regular transnational partner meetings to discuss the project results and to monitor the progresses and achievements of the project (Partner meetings).
3. Elaboration of a cultural profile for each participating country as a common knowledge base for using the learning modules (Cultural profiles).
4. Adaption and change of existing learning modules.
5. Design of new learning modules where gaps and needs are identified.
6. Test of the learning modules by an exchange of teacher/student groups (Blended mobility of VET Learners) between the partner organisations.
7. Evaluation of the exchange activities and the testing phases during the transnational partner meetings.
8. Development of E-Learning contents (Learning Materials/Modules).
9. Design of a certificate issued by a Chamber of Commerce for a successful completion of the learning modules. (Certificate).
 
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