LILLIPUT Learning Module on Language Learning Skills in Learning Cities and Regions

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Organisational Development
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City/Regional Development
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Learning materials
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Personal Development
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Active Citizenship
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Innovation and Creativity
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International Cooperation
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Employability and Future Skills
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Learning Region Strategies
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Stakeholder Involvement
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Local/Regional Authority
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This module develops innovative approaches to widening participation in language learning within a learning city. The Memorandum on Lifelong Learning (2000), Communication “Making a European area of lifelong learning a reality” (2001) and many local programmes on lifelong learning in individual European countries underlined the importance of learning languages, a trend which learning cities and regions will need to emphasise.

The focus is on encouragement and support for the development of innovative approaches to widening participation in language learning with particular emphasis on strategies to raise levels of self-esteem, confidence and motivation and to improve access to learning opportunities.

The module develops “specific” language learning skills and is suitable for

1. Professionals in local government from all departments
2. Educators in schools and adult education
3. Business people
4. Elected representatives
5. Citizens with an interest to develop their community, etc.

It is based on a view of lifelong learning and the learning city which enables individuals to develop their skills, knowledge and values, particularly recognising the potential of everyone for self-development and encouraging everyone to contribute beyond their personal interests for the benefit of the whole community.

It can be delivered in Councils, Departments of local authorities, Adult education colleges, Universities, Schools or any hall with access to a computer point and a visual aids facility as part of a Continuing Professional Development plan for all learning authority people.

The module focuses on

a) analysing learning needs in the region / community
b) language learning and active citizenship in the region
c) promoting a multicultural learning region through lifelong language learning
d) identifying key competences and skills for adult learners of foreign
e) competence and critical approach to computer-based language learning
f) improving communication skills (organizing information, problem-solving,
g) tailored language learning (eg. preparing for mobility; European
citizenship, enlargement of the EU)

Module Objectives

At the end of this module learners will:
a) understand the importance of learning languages in towns, cities or regions
b) develop a framework for analysing their own learning needs
c) develop the criteria for designing personal language plans
d) understand the importance of using new technologies in language learning
e) identify the need of training effective communication skills in language
learning using modern language methods
f) have access to computer based language learning skills

All of this is desirable within the strategy of learning city development and offers a facility not always available to it.

NB Please note that this new module isalso fully available in computer-based-learning form at Palacky University, Olomouc on :
Fuller instructions are given in Topic 2 Lesson 2.2.3