Key Activity 2 Languages Multilateral Project - Ref. 143422-LLP-1-2008-1-ES-KA2-KA2MP
Website address: http://www.learningarabic.eu
The main aim of the project is to create a set of innovative tools to promote and facilitate the acquisition of basic competences in the Arabic language, as well as a better knowledge of Arab culture, among European citizens, with the main objectives of promoting understanding among different cultures, promoting the carry out of shared projects, increasing the competitiveness of European companies when doing business, facilitating communication and understanding with Arab people living in EU.
In order to achieve the main aim of the project, different particular objectives have been defined:
To research and produce a report on the multimedia courses
and materials for Arabic language available on the Internet and in CD-ROM
format suitable to be used by European language
To produce a Website that will be used for dissemination, to hold the course and which will include a version of the dialogs of the course to be used in Ipod/MP3 and a forum of discussion about Arabic language learning.
To produce a multimedia and interactive Arabic language course which will be held on a e-learning platform on the Internet.
To promote the dissemination and implementation of the course and the use of the site.
To exploit the produced materials.
The produced Website and online course will give European citizens an easy-to-use and amusing material which will spur them to learn this language.
The main activities of the project, planned for two years (2009-2010), will be:
Design and construction of the Arabic language material;
Design and construction of the e-learning platform;
Evaluation of products: the external evaluation of the products is scheduled in the project, to guarantee quality and objectivit;
Dissemination of project and project products.
Exploitation of project products.
Exploitation of results
The results will be useful for anybody interested in learning Arabic or just in improving their knowledge of Arab culture, but during the project life its products will be particularly disseminated among:
o Companies of sectors dealing with Arab countries or trying to start business with these countries. This will be made by contacting: SME’s associations, Chambers of Commerce, organisations of different kinds giving continuous training courses to company’s staff and public bodies in charge of promoting foreign affairs.
o Organisations in charge of receiving, assisting or giving training courses to immigrants.
o Language schools and other organisations giving courses of Arabic language.
o Websites related to Arabic language or Arab culture
The main products of the project will be:
A report on the multimedia courses and materials for Arabic language available, both on the Internet and in CD-ROM format, suitable to be used by European citizens, highlighting the strong and week points of each one.
A website for the project. It will be made from the very beginning of the project and will have as main objectives:
to become the main support for dissemination, both itself throughout Internet and as reference for all the remaining means of dissemination.
to hold the produced Arabic language multimedia course.
to hold the MP3 files that will be made to support the course by being available for free downloading to be used with the IPOD or MP3 device.
to hold relevant information about the project and its partners and activities.
to hold information about the geography and culture of Arab countries, as well as about their relation with EU;
to hold a forum, which will have two main aims: contribute to the dissemination of the Arabic material produced, and become a reference for those who face the challenge of studying Arabic.
A set of several multimedia Arabic language tools that includes:
a multimedia and interactive language course which will be held on an e-learning platform located in the produced website. It will be the main product, including 10 learning units, which will use animations and sound and will be devised to develop listening /speaking skills in particular. However, it will include also a tool to learn Arabic letters.
a CD-ROM including the same course, to be used when an Internet connection is not available.
POD-CAST files, which will be based on the same topic and content as the units, but using a different approach. They are made to learn by means of an IPOD / MP3 device, the approach is totally oral in order to be used when travelling, driving or in any other circumstance.
The project is undertaken as a multinational partnership including institutions from 4 European countries: Italy, Portugal, Spain and The Netherlands:
Instituto Gallego de Formación - INGAFOR - Vigo, Spain - is an organisation created in 1997 to collaborate in increasing the competitiveness of any kind of organisation by means of improving skills and competences of human resources. INGAFOR is specialised in the implementation of courses to medium and high staff of companies and other kind of organisations through different means: a Business School, a big number of continuous training courses and its own on-line platform. Another area of work refers to on-line language learning, giving language courses to a big number of people every year using a created platform, which, besides the language materials, includes a call centre used to support the learning with oral conversations.
Asesoramiento Tecnología e Investigación S.L. - ATIN - Ponteareas, Spain - is a consulting company specialised in the development of innovative products for vocational training. It has a 12 years experience in the designing and implementation of international projects, mainly in close collaboration with public and private organisations. ATIN has successfully coordinated projects under Interreg, Leonardo da Vinci, Gruntvig or Socrates programmes. It is currently the co-ordinator of a LL – Key Activity Language project, whose main aim is to produce a Chinese language course. It has coordinated several projects aimed at the production of language tools, such as a website for training in languages for immigrants (www.linguasnet.com), which is already being used by a number of NGO’s and supported by UNESCO and a project whose product was a website for medical staff (www.englishmed.com), with over 3000 access per day.
Department of Translation and Interpreting of University of Malaga – Spain - The department has been involved in the last years in three international projects, related to the teaching of language for Estate Agents for which course material in DVD form is currently being created or the teaching of conference and community interpreting with the Tempus project for the International Integration of the Tyumen Region (Siberia) or its last one mobility Leonardo for the training of translators and interpreters for which 18 Bulgarian lecturers received training at its department.
Fondazione Laboratorio Mediterraneo
- Naples, Italy - is an international non-profit Organisation of Social
Utility (Onlus), which includes specialists and internationally recognised
scholars on the Mediterranean, politicians with international and diplomatic
experience, and who have been involved in Mediterranean affairs. The
Fondazione Mediterraneo serves as a reference point to stimulate
partnerships in an evermore multicultural and globalised world, particularly
among the Mediterranean, Europe and the Islamic world. It constitutes, with
its partners and with its other offices (located in various countries) a
“network for the dialogue among society and cultures”. The Fondazione works
in cooperation with the countries of the Middle East, the Gulf and the Black
Sea in order to promote international understanding through the promotion of
the social and cultural realities.
Federazione Nazionale Insegnanti Centro di iniziativa per l’Europa – FENICE – Naples, Italy – is a non-profit teacher’s association. During 26 years of activity, with the aim to increase the European dimension in education; to promote and plan initiatives, training projects, refresher courses, the cultural improvement of teachers as well as research and experimentation in the teaching field, it designed and carried out more than 30 seminars and public conferences, 135 in-service courses and training courses for teachers both initial and in-service, most of which had been authorised by our local educational Authorities.
Brill Academic Publishers - Leiden, The Netherlands - founded in 1683, is a publishing house with a rich history and a strong international focus. Brill’s publications focus on the Humanities and Social Science, International Law and selected areas in Science. Their IDC imprint boasts an extensive catalogue of primary sources and rare collections. Details about the company in general, its activities and promotions can be found on the website www.brill.nl
Associação Comercial e Industrial de Arcos de Valdevez e Ponte da Barca - ACIAB – Arcos de Valdevez – Viana do Castelo, Portugal - includes the city hall of Arcos de Valdevez and Ponte da Barca. Its main task is to work for the interests and the rights of all the organizations associated to them. They represent the associated towards the state organizations and professional organizations of the represented areas. Another aim is to collaborate with the state organizations and other trade unions in the solution for any problems: economical, social, fiscal. ACIAB also study some laws related to the security labour in the areas they work. They are also interested in the development of training organizations in the area, in order to improve people’s training.
Finally the project also foresees the presence, as associated partner, of the United Arab Emirates University, Colleges of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department Arabic Language and Literature (UAE)