This presentation is given on the Annual Conference of the European Basic Skills Networks (EBSN) in Madrid in 2013. The title of the conference is ‘Opening doors - Developing partnerships for basic skills training beyond the classroom’.
The presentation is about initial literacy for immigrants, presented the results of ALFIE partnership. Alphabetisation of Immigrants to Europe (ALFIE) was a Learning Partnership within the Grundtvig / LLP programme, and it gathered policy makers, researchers, teacher training institutions and training providers in the field of “alphabetization” (initial literacy) for adult immigrants.
The partnership coordinated by VOX, Norway aims primarily at establishing a meeting place for the exchange of knowledge, experience, insights and practical models related to the initial literacy training of immigrants in Europe. Also, producing a list of recommendations that can further the quality and efficiency of initial literacy training is a major objective. The partnership contributes to national and European policy through the project’s cooperation with the European Basic Skills Network, EBSN.
The ALFIE partners explore themes like:
· teachers’ professional development
· pedagogical approaches
· concrete didactic guidelines
· different systems for assistance in mother language
· organizational issues
The work took place in and between a series of five seminars, resulting number of outcomes and disseminates through national networks and through cooperation with the EBSN. Country reports regarding alphabetization are also available about the following countries: Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Switzerland.
Project period: 1 August 2011 – 31 July 2013