Metikos Preject

Metikos European Project


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Supported by the DI-XL project related with the dissemination and exploitation of LLP results through libraries

Feedback on the research phase

The second transnational meeting in Mansle ( France, 10th May – 12th May 2012) saw the completion of the first task of the partnership – the research phase. The University of Southampton, Tandem and The Hellenic Culture House had undertaken intensive desk research into the use of language café’s, the tandem method and cyber café’s across Europe to support informal language learning, while the other partners carried out field research into the needs of their target audiences.

Feedback at the meeting clearly identified that there were common results across the partnership:

• Adult language learners suffered from lack of confidence in learning and using a new language

• There was a need to practice the language through conversation rather than or in addition to taking formal language learning classes

• Target groups in every country identified that they wished to learn a language in a non formal environment

• Target groups in every country wanted to learn the language to support both social and cultural integration to improve their quality of life, as well as help some seek and obtain employment.

• All countries identified that parents wanted to learn the language to support their children who were attending school in their host country.

Each partner has produced a comprehensive report on their research tasks, which was based on a research framework discussed and agreed at the first transnational meeting of the partnership in Athens in December 2011.

Feedback from France

Research in France was carried through a dedicated research workshop which attracted 15 attendees, but this was supported with research questionnaires being circulated through the Mansle Tourism Office, by e mail to stakeholders and new contacts and use of a stakeholder’s face book page. By the deadline for the report, 38 questionnaires had been completed but questionnaires continue to be received as the MORRIS Association is using the interest in this research to also build up the stakeholder network and continue to create awareness and interest in the METIKOS project. Although the target groups in France are mainly those speaking English as their mother tongue and in the main much older people, the needs of these audiences in regard to language learning are very just as great as the target groups in some of the other partner countries, where perhaps they have been forced to leave their own country under force. One of the greatest barriers in the Charente is issue of rurality and lack of a public transport infrastructure between the small towns and villages, with reliance on private car use to access any facilities and resources. It is because of this that the MORRIS Association is working with already established local associations to deliver the METIKOS project and reach the target audiences.