Language-learning opportunities – European education and training programmes
European programmes offer many opportunities for
|Develop job-related language skills through a placement abroad (vocational students)||LEONARDO student placements|
|Study or placement period abroad (students in higher education)||ERASMUS and ERASMUS MUNDUS student mobility|
|Teaching practice abroad (trainee teachers)||Become a COMENIUS assistant|
|Further teacher training abroad||COMENIUS in-service training|
|School partnerships with other countries||COMENIUS school partnerships|
|Host a trainee teacher from abroad at your school||Host a COMENIUS assistant|
|Further training / work placement abroad (vocational education staff)||LEONARDO DA VINCI for professionals|
|Work experience abroad (higher education staff)||ERASMUS staff mobility|
|Participate in conferences, workshops or further training abroad (adult education staff)||GRUNDTVIG in-service training|
|Teaching practice abroad (adult education staff)||GRUNDTVIG assistantships|
|Learn management skills in an SME of another EU country||Erasmus for young entrepreneurs|
|Practice language skills while doing voluntary service for a non-profit organisation abroad (18-30 year olds)||European Voluntary Service|
|Improve your professional and linguistic skills||LEONARDO work placements|
|Further training abroad (non-teaching staff at school)||COMENIUS in-service training|
|Exchange expertise with counterparts abroad (trainers / HR managers / counsellors / language specialists)||LEONARDO DA VINCI for professionals|
|Recognition for useful language learning projects||European language label|
|Launch a project or a network with language learning - organisations in other countries||Co-operation with other European organisations in the field of languages|
|Learn about how language learning is organised in other European countries (education specialists and decision makers)||Study visits for education and vocational training specialists|
|Translate literature from one European language to another||Support for literary translation|
Learn how to manage an SME by spending time working with an experienced entrepreneur in another EU country.
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A unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience of teaching and learning in another European country and improve your knowledge of foreign languages, other European countries and their education systems. Grants are available for assistantship placements of 3 months – one school year.
Host an assistant for your school from another European country to bring a language to life for your pupils. Working with small groups, assistants can help improve students' confidence in speaking and understanding a language, and bring a wealth of resources and ideas, methods, songs and games to teach the language and culture.
Teachers and other staff can attend a course or shadow a colleague to learn about language or non-language related jobs in a partner school . Training for foreign language teachers normally takes place in a country where the target language is spoken and taught. The following staff are eligible for a grant for "pure language" training:
• school teachers requesting training in a less widely used and less taught language
• people teaching another subject in school through the medium of a foreign language (CLIL)
• school teachers retraining as foreign-language teachers
• primary or pre-primary teachers who are (or will be) required to teach foreign languages
• staff participating in a Comenius partnership and requesting training in a partnership language.
--> Find a training activity through the Comenius course catalogue or your own contacts.
You can partner up with another school in Europe and apply for project funding . You may choose to work on any topic of interest and importance to the participating institutions. Pupils and teachers will have an opportunity to practice foreign languages, learn about school life in another European country and increase their motivation for language learning.
Children over the age of 12 are eligible for bilateral partnerships focusing on language learning . The aim is to increase their motivation, capacity and confidence to communicate in other languages. Pupils are expected to learn at least the basics of the language used in the partner institution. There is a particular focus on less widely used and less taught languages.
Erasmus is an opportunity foracademic and administrative staff to teach or work in another European country . You can get to know the workings of another European education system first-hand, learn new ideas and best practices to take back to your country.
You must be teaching at a higher education institution holding an Erasmus University Charter, and applying to work for between 1 day – 6 weeks in another higher education institution which holds an Erasmus University Charter and with which your institution has an inter-institutional agreement.
Non-teaching staff can also apply for short secondments, job-shadowing and study visits in a company or another higher education institution which holds an Erasmus University Charter.
Erasmus enables higher education students in 31 European countries to do a study or placement period in another country . When and where you can go will depend on the structure of your degree and the arrangements your university has with its partners. If you are going to a country where less widely used languages are spoken you may be eligible for an Erasmus intensive language course before the study period.
If you have already obtained your first degree you may be interested in doing an Erasmus Mundus Masters course in partnership with several European higher education institutions, leading to a double, joint or multiple degree.
Companies or vocational education/training institutions can send staff involved in designing or delivering training, professional development or careers guidance to shadow work in other European countries. A placement will contribute to their professional and linguistic development, and they will be able to learn new skills and ways of working to bring back to their job in their respective countries.
Grundtvig assistantships funding is open to adult education staff wishing to go on a 12-45 week work placement in another European adult education organisation . This may involve:
• helping to teach or manage some aspect of adult education
• supporting adults with special educational needs
• informing people about their country of origin and helping to teach its language
• introducing or reinforcing the European dimension in the host institution
• initiating, developing and assisting with projects.
This is an opportunity for adult-education staff to improve their practical skills and gain a broader understanding of adult education across Europe by attending a training course in another European country.
--> Find a training activity through the Grundtvig course catalogue or your own contacts.
Grants for more informal training such as placements or observation periods in adult education institutions or a public/non-governmental organisation involved in adult education (job-shadowing), are available under for adult education staff.
These aim to develop innovative language learning materialsor raise awareness of the importance of language learning . You must have at least 3 organisations from 3 different participating countries in your partnership and you can apply for projects of up to 3 years' duration. The amount of funding available is up to €200,000 per year for language projects .
Large-scale networks can support the sharing of ideas, information and good practice across Europe. You will need at least 5 organisations from 5 different participating countries in your partnership and you can ask for up to €150 000 per year for up to 3 years .
The label recognises creative ways to improve the quality of language teaching, motivate students and make the best use of available resources at any level of education and training. If you are involved in an innovative language-learning project which could benefit others, you may be eligible for the label.
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These are an opportunity to
• exchange experiences and expertise on education policy and practices across Europe
• learn about national training systems
• visit organisations involved in education and training
• discuss specific policies and issues with local experts.
Each year applicants can choose a course from the catalogue of visits to 31 countries.
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European Voluntary Service (EVS – under the Youth in Action programme) offers young people the opportunity to volunteer in another EU or non-EU country, for two to twelve months, for non-profit, unpaid activities, either individually or in a group . Your EVS project should be devised and carried out as a partnership between you as volunteer, and your sending and host organisations.