Language Show in Glasgow - an insight

From 11th to 12th March 2016 the project partners serve the stand at the Language Show in Glasgow, Scotland.They have had more than 100 good talks about the Pathfinder and the language advisors.

6th Partner meeting in Glasgow, Scotland

On 10th March all partners from the EU funded project L2Paths are meeting in Glasgow. They are talking about the results of the project, attending the Language Show taking place on 11th and 12th March 2016 and the final report.

Expolingua in Berlin, 20th & 21st November 2015

From 20th to 21st November, the project partners presented the Pathfinder-System on the Expolingua, a language fair in Berlin. This year, more than 150 exhibitors from all over the world presented their products to an interested audience. At the Pathfinder stand, visitors could meet the project partners from Germany, Ireland, Italy and Sweden, get to know the Pathfinder-System and speak to one of the language advisors from Italy and Sweden.  
Below are a few pictures from this year’s Expolingua:

Language Show in London 16th to 18th October 2015

‎Michael‬ Budde and Phil James presenting the ‪‎L2Paths‬ project including one of its outcomes - the ‪‎Pathfinder‬ - on the ‪Language‬ ‎Show‬ in ‪‎London. The show was from 16th to 18th October 2015.

5th meeting of the L2Paths project in Riga, Latvia

From Tuesday 22nd to 23rd Septembber 2015 the 5th Partner Meeting of the EU funded project L2Paths took place in Riga, Latvia. We have had very interesting and successful discussions.

We agreed on the date for the final conference of the L2Paths project on 9th March 2016 and we organised our stand at the EXPOLINGUA show from 20th to 21st November 2015.

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Language Advisor training at Baltic Bright (Latvia)

On August 12, 2015 the partner Baltic Bright carried out the seminar for the Language advisors.
The seminar was organized as part of the EU funded project "‪‎L2PATHS‬: pathsways to host country Languages for migrants" (www.l2paths.eu). Below are a few impressions of the seminar.

Language advisor training in Kristianstad, Sweden

The swedish partners had given the language advisor training as well. Please find some pics below.

Language advisor training in Todi

Please find above some insights of the language advisor training in Todi, Italy.

LANGUAGE ADVISOR TRAINING COURSE IN TODI - 11th - 14th March 2015

Last March in Todi, The Language Centre held a training course on “The Role of the Language Advisor”.

A language advisor is a professional who assists and gives learners advice on finding the best possible personalised learning pathway to reach their language objectives. During the four-day training programme, the trainers presented the fundamental themes and concepts that are necessary for advisors to facilitate a migrant’s personal learning plan and self-directed learning process.

The first day started off on a very interesting note. The partners from VCAT presented a detailed and technical guide to how the IT Pathfinder system works and how both migrants and language advisors can benefit from it, followed by a question-and-answer session. The day continued with a speech by Professor Marina Mozzon-McPherson on “Language Learning, Advising, and Advisors: an Emerging Discourse, an Emerging Profession”. Professor Mozzon-McPherson is a Senior Learning Advisor at the University of Hull and has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship for excellence in the field of teaching and learning. Her presentation was integral to the success of the training session and it was a great honour to have her there. The contribution made by Professor Mozzon-McPherson was both engaging and comprehensive and helped each participant to delve into the core of the training making for a very interesting and challenging first day.

The three days that followed were entirely conducted by The Language Centre  teachers and professionals who presented the key concepts that a teacher needs to acquire and master in order to become a language advisor.
The following are the main themes that were addressed.

Ms Stefania Belli, owner and Director of Studies at TLC, and also an expert in neuroscience, talked about:

  • The Multiple Intelligence Theory and some key points in neuroscience that are relevant  to developing a holistic view of each learning environment and each training and advisory session by taking the physical and affective dimensions of learners into account.

Ms Victoria Louise Larsen, who has been teaching at TLC for the last fifteen years and specialises in managerial programmes, talked about:

  • NLP techniques that can be employed in advising: mirroring, changing believes, reframing, and anchoring. NLP poses a number of presuppositions and one of them is that mind and body are connected and that the empathic caring principles of NLP can also aid the practical application of ethical and moral considerations and the use of loving and compassionate ideas in work (advising) and life in general
  • Leadership and devoting ourselves to our personal growth and development as leaders
  • Negotiation as a means of dealing with resistance and resolving differences between people
  • Interpersonal skills that we can use each and every day to communicate and interact with people and the importance of advisors interacting with students
  • Time management, i.e. the act or process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency or productivity.

Mr Gianmarco Petroselli, another core teacher at TLC, talked about:

  • Advising skills and gave examples along with an extensive list of skills that are important in a successful advising session.
  • At the end of the fourth training day, Ms Belli gave instructions on:
  • How to create a personalised learning plan by negotiating successfully with the migrants, starting from their needs analysis and taking into consideration the resources available in each country.

Throughout the training course, the trainers not only presented the abovementioned concepts but also contributed a vast amount of interesting practical activities during which the trainees could practice the effectiveness of the principles learnt during the lectures.

Impressions of the Language Advisor Training in Todi

4th Partner Meeting in Todi, Italy

From the 9th to the 10th of March 2015, the partners met for the fourth partner meeting in Todi, Italy. In addition to a successful meeting, the partners also had the opportunity to meet Professor Marina Mozzon-McPherson. She is a Senior Learning Advisor at the University of Hull and gave a very inspiring presentation about language learning and language advising.

On one of evening, the partners participated in what is one of the best ways to learn a new language - with cooking! The partners cooked a three course menu with a typical Italian family and had a very enjoyable evening with some delicious food.

Impressions from the 4th partnermeeting

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BETT Show in EXCEL London (21st - 24th January 2015)

Some of the L2Paths project partners met at the BETT Show in London from the 22nd to the 23rd of January 2015. The experience was very inspiring - colourful, overwhelming, big and extravagant!

Take a look at the following pictures to get an insight.

A colourful insight

Pathfinder Meeting in Berlin

We met on the 9th of December 2014 at the office of Iberika Group in Berlin to work more closely on the algorithm of our Language Pathfinder.

The pictures below give some insight into the great working atmosphere within the L2Paths partnership.

Working atmosphere

Third L2Paths Meeting in Kristianstadt, Sweden

From the 15th to the 16th of October 2014, the international partner group of the L2Paths project met in Kristianstad, Sweden. We met at Folk Universitetet and had a lively and inspiration meeting full of conversations about how to best develop the Pathfinder tool. We also carried out the training of our trainers. Below are some pictures of the meeting and training:

Some pictures from the third partner meeting

First interim system review meeting in Potsdam, German (3rd July 2014)

The second meeting within the L2Paths project 27th - to 28th May 2014

Kick-off meeting in Galway, Ireland

The L2Paths kick-off meeting took place in Galway, Ireland from the 27th to the 28th of November, 2013.

The seven international partners got to know one another in a relaxing but professional atmosphere. Over the course of the meeting, the objectives of this 2 and a half year long project were defined more closely and the first milestones were set for 2014.