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Language Training

Foto Foto Our foreign language courses which are offered in cooperation with the language institute "Euro-Team" are targeted directly toward the requirements of existing European Works Councils and those currently being established. The slogan "Working Together" stands for a system specially developed from the institute "Euro-Team" to address the requirements and topics of language learning for workers representatives and EWC members. Participants learn both how to use the new language in everyday situations as well as converse on specific topics. English language training forms the basis for our work. Additionally, we also provide this training concept for French, Spanish, Italian and German language courses.

Methodology

Our language seminars are based on holistic communicative teaching and learning methods (superlearning). The learning content is delivered by means of a broad repertoire of practical exercises and is then practiced and deepened through role-plays and presentations.

The seminars consist of modules: an intensive introductory week, followed after approximately two months by either further seminar weeks or two or three day workshops. In between seminars, participants review and individually broaden the course content during self-study - using especially developed materials (audio-cassettes, vocabulary file cards, glossaries, correspondence course material).

Even at beginners level these intensive seminars afford maximum levels of learning and early success. These tested methods have proved especially suitable for internationally composed groups. There is a maximum number of twelve participants in each learning group.

Targets

The target is to gain the ability to communicate on a European level. Basic courses include basic knowledge of everyday language as well as parallel training in the essential terms of workers representation in Europe and country-specific information. For intermediate and advanced courses relevant vocabulary fields are broadened through economic reports, industrial relations and systems of workers representation in Europe, salaries structures as well as simultaneous training in everyday business functions such as receiving visitors, carry out meetings, eMail and letter writing, telephoning, etc.

Trainers

Our trainers are fully qualified, have had many years of experience in the teaching of both national and international groups - in works councils, trade unions and European Works Councils.

Preparation and Assessment

Before each seminar, participants are divided up into learning groups by means of a "foreign language profile". On completion of the course, the participants evaluate and assess the course in detail. A certificate is issued to the participants after active and successful participation in the course. In order to deepen and broaden the acquired proficiency it is advisable to undertake refresher courses at certain intervals. Upon request we arrange and run language trips to the UK and Ireland.



Foto Foto Mechanically Language Translation (project int.unity)

The British Communication Workers Union (CWU) and the German Unified Services Union (ver.di) together has developed a language translation software for English - German. It is available for download on the website of the project int.unity to everybody interested.

Online Translation Assistance

With the assistance of QuickDic it is possible to translate individual words from English into German or reverse.

The online database EMIRE provides the translation of specific terms of industrial relations from English into German or reverse.

More than 200 languages include the multilingual dictionary from Logos.



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