L-Pack

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Description

Good practice objective, aim, context
The European project “L-PACK 2: Citizenship Language Pack For Migrants in Europe - Extended” started in January 2014 and took its name from the previous project L-PACK that produced an online A2 level course of colloquial Italian, Spanish, German, Lithuanian, Greek and Czech as second language addressed to adult migrants. The L-PACK 1 course consisting of 60 short videos with dialogues related to everyday life supported by grammar and comprehension activities had a big success and the materials, available on YouTube, Wikibooks and Soundcloud, were consulted in 146 countries by 120.000 learners. However, there was lack of English and French versions, therefore the Consortium of 8 partners, among which several training organisations and 2 Universities, decided to improve it.

Coverage
By adding also tools for learning English and French, L-Pack covers the eight languages used in Europe. Among them, the most popular ones: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian.

Actors and target group
L-PACK is addressed to language teachers, researchers of linguistic and educational fields, adult education providers, adult migrants in Italy, Lithuania, Germany, Spain, Greece, Czech Republic, France and English speaking countries, organisations helping migrants’ integration in these countries or people interested in learning one of the target languages.

Methodological approach
The L-Pack training course includes:
videos that correspond to the dialogues of the written materials
written materials (dialogues, exercises, grammar, and cultural information) available in PDF format and divided into 30 units
2 guides on how to use the training course (one for teachers and one for learners)
Audio tracks that correspond to the dialogues of the written material.
It possible to download the written materials (dialogues, exercises, grammar, and cultural information), the guides, or to find a link to the L-Pack audios and videos via the L-Pack website.
L-Pack can also be used to practise pronunciation through the specially designed learning platform, which allows to record one’s voice and create a personal learning plan. This service is available via the the ‘Personal space’ area of the website or the learning platform.

Validation
The topics for the 12 topics focused in L-Pack 1 were selected by the target group: Migrants in the different countries. They asked for the development of dialogues related to their daily life such as Health, Shopping, Labour office, Looking for an apartment, Looking for a job.

Results
Guide for Trainer in 8 languages
Guide for Self-Learners in 8 languages
30 dialogues, audios and videos each, in English and French
60 dialogues, audios and videos each, in Italian, Spanish, Greek, German, Czech, Lithuanian
different forms of videos, with and without subtitles
Personal Area with possibility of voice recording and trainer feedback
App

Impact
Due to the fact that L-Pack allows self-learning and learning in courses for eight European languages there is a substantial impact in Europe.

Innovation
L-Pack combined A2 language learning with the possibilities of modern digital learning (e.g. videos, downloads, Personal Area, App)

Success factors
The course/platform is free of charge
It is available in eight languages
The topics were selected by the target groups and therefore have high relevance
Self-learning is available 24/7

Replicable
Since the tool is for free, there is no need to make it replicable. However, it could be improved by adding more languages.

Testimony
The project was awarded the European Language Label in Germany in 2012. The jury appreciated that the access for A2 learners was easy as well as the amount of videos, scripts and exercises available for the different languages.
The L-Pack concept was selected twice for co-funding by the European Commission.

Conclusions
The innovative approach of learning foreign language for level A2 in eight European languages is valuable to be a Good Practice on European level.

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Contact

ASEV - Agenzia per lo Sviluppo Empolese Valdelsa
Via delle Fiascaie, 12 –
50053 Empoli (FI)
Italy
Tel. 0571 76650
Fax 0571 725041
Mrs. Ecaterina Constantinova
E-Mail :
http://www.l-pack.eu/

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Attractive The tool is visually attractive
Easy to use The navigation/structure is clear
Engaging It is easy to become involved
Popular Used by many people
Result-effective The results from learning demonstrate high value
Time-effective The tool is worth time devoting, good ratio of time/results
Universal The tool can be used by various groups of people (based on age, educational background and so on)

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