"Development of linguistic and communicational competences among migrant women ".
18-20 April 2013, Bordeaux
The venue: 35, Cours de Verdun 33000 Bordeaux, France
Participants of the educational partnership Grundtvig:
Belgium (project coordinator) - Brussels International Migration and Gender Research Institute, Brussels;
United Kingdom - Russian Presence UK, London, Edinburgh;
France - Association Russie-Aquitaine, Bordeaux;
Czech Republic - Občanské sdruženi Cennější než perla, Prague.
Total number of participants: 30
Mr Zhukovsky, President of the Association 'Russie-Aquitaine' welcomed all the participants of the seminar. He introduced his organisation and gave a general overview the Aquitaine region geography, culture and traditions.
Then the word was given to each delegation.
Ms Zhukovskaya, Director of the Russian language courses (Bordeaux), announced the seminar theme and the working agenda. All the participants were provided with a "listener workbook ", consisting of four parts with the materials for the whole working day.
The work started with an interactive exercise on the benefits of learning foreign languages in which everyone expressed their views.
The next element of the workshop was a master class entitled "Linguistic and communicational portrait of a migrant woman of third and fourth waves of emigration." In the article written by Ms Nefagina (Poland) participants were asked to identify linguistic and communicative difficulties faced by women in their new social and economic life and to make their linguistic portrait. This exercise was followed by a discussion and analysis of this listening experience.
Ms Zhukovskaya gave a presentation on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching and Assessment. She pointed out the theoretical foundations of the concept of linguistic identity and the concept of basic language skills.
At the end of the morning session there was a presentation on methods of rapid learning and immersion into an intercultural environment. Participants actively discussed the topic and shared experiences acquired in their respective countries.
After the lunch break, participants have made a short guided tour to the city park.
The second half of the day was structured as follows:
- Ms Foss, Edinburgh, spoke about the project "On the benefits of reading other people's letters" in a Russian school for students aged between 9 and 16. They use a learner-centered approach in order to create sustainable motivation to write in Russian and building the skills of independent creative writing.
- Ms Shapira, Edinburgh, presented the issue of recognition of previous education experience in a new country encountered by many migrant women.
Ms Zhukovskaya continued the seminar with a special master class dedicated to psychological barriers, non-verbal modes of communication, language taboos and humour boundaries.
In anticipation of the workshop, the organisers designed a questionnaire "Linguistic and communication competences of migrant women". During the seminar this questionnaire was presented in an interactive way that aroused great interest of all participants.
At the end of the day, the participants expressed in a written form their wishes and recommendations for the development of linguistic and communicative competences among active migrant women in Europe.
The coordinators of the project and the partners discussed organisational issues during a round table. They established a plan for further actions to promote the project RESTART in their countries.
The participants had a dinner at a special place with French cuisine where they continued informal discussions and networking.
For the second day of the seminar organisers suggested a cultural programme. The participants visited the famous French resort station of Arcachon. They climbed to the highest dune in Europe where they raised EU flag.
The next seminar is scheduled for September 2013 in Prague.