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Training courses for Language Advisors

Training courses for Language Advisors

In addition to conventional language courses, there is a wide variety of self-study materials, language tandems, apps and online courses. However, many learners feel overwhelmed by the large number of options available and they do not make the most of them. This is why language advisors are becoming increasingly important.

In response, The Language Center - a language school based in Todi (Italy) – developed a training course for future language advisors. One of the highlights of the 4-day training course was the presentation given by Marina Mozzon-McPherson, professor for innovation in language learning and teaching at the University of Hull. During her presentation not only did Prof. Mozzon-McPherson share her first-hand experience with the participants, but she also stressed the importance of considering “language advice as a dynamic process of negotiation between learner and advisor in order to ultimately help the learner reach his learning goal.”

Presenting two new language advisors: Ingela from Sweden & Simone from Ireland

Ingela works as a Swedish teacher at Folkuniversitetet in Kristianstad (Sweden). She has always been aware of the importance of motivating her students and setting clear learning goals. During the training course that took place from March 11th – March 14th she put her knowledge into practice in role plays and discussions and also acquired new knowledge about different learner types. She now actively uses this knowledge in her own courses to adapt better to the different learner types and to support them more effectively in reaching their learning goals.

Simone works as an English teacher and course coordinator at Translex in Galway (Ireland). Therefore, understanding the individual learner’s needs and meeting their expectations is very important to him. Although he had been familiar with several aspects presented in the training course, other aspects such as neurolinguistic programming (NLP), for example, were new for him. Simone is convinced that the techniques he learnt during the training course will be very useful for him: “I will definitely implement the techniques in my daily work. As for migrants, I reckon that having the opportunity to be advised on their language learning when they get to a foreign country will increase considerably their opportunity for integration.”

The Pathfinder-System

In addition to face-to-face meetings with a language advisor, learners can also find advice on how to reach their learning goals online at www.language-pathfinder.eu.

The Pathfinder-System will give learners the possibility to indicate their educational background, language skills and learning goals as well as their preferences in terms of time, location, price and learning styles. In order to create their own personal learning plan, the learner will then be able to choose from a variety of learning options available to them such as language courses, books, games, apps, radio and TV programmes, magazines, blogs, CDs, DVDs, etc.

What´s next for L2PATHS? 

Training courses for Language Advisors: Between April and June, training courses for Language Advisors will be offered in all partner countries. The courses will include the following topics:

  • Neurolinguistic programming and communication
  • Negotiation techniques
  • Conflict resolution 
  • Discussion about interpersonal and intercultural skills
  • Setting achievable and measurable goals

If you have questions about the training course or if you are interested in taking part in one of them, please contact us at: info@l2paths.eu.

Setting up of Advice Centers: From July 2015 onwards, learners can come to one of the newly established advice centres to meet with a language advisor and discuss their learning options.

If you are looking for the nearest advice centre, please consult the Pathfinder-System at www.language-pathfinder.eu.

Educational fairs and conferences: Come meet the L2PATHS team at the Expolingua 2015! We are happy to announce that we will have a stand at the Expolingua on 20 and 21 November 2015. Make sure you don’t miss it and apply for free tickets today at www.expolingua.com

Meetings: The fourth partner meeting took place from 9th – 10th March 2015 in Todi (Italy). The partners discussed the work done in the last months, agreed on the guidelines for language advisors and for the creation of the language advice centres. The next meeting will take place from 22nd – 23rd September 2015 in Riga (Latvia). 

For further information please visit www.l2paths.eu

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