Title Enhancing Language Skills and Working Culture Awareness of European Construction Professionals
Project Number LLP-Ldv-TOI_2007-TR-048
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The outcomes of the project is very helpful to those who would like to learn vocational foreign language to use in construction industry in Europe.
It has been increasingly important for construction companies to develop both intercultural and linguistic competence in order to succeed in multinational European projects. Meanwhile, the inability to operate effectively in markets with different working cultures and practices together with different languages has been an important barrier to the mobility of construction industry professionals/contractors within the European Union. There has been, in turn, an increasing necessity to improve communication skills of construction professionals by vocational and professional training programmes which enhance the linguistic and cultural knowledge of the graduates and/or professionals. The aim of EVLAC project has been thus to adopt the methodology and the results of LANCAM project to develop learning materials that focuses on the construction industry related work culture/ practice issues in Turkey, Greece, Austria and UK, while focusing on Turkish, Greek, German and English language learning and teaching.
The tangible outcomes have been language training materials are (http://bmb.cu.edu.tr/evlac/evlactraining)
based around specific scenarios which typify the key stages in the implementation of a construction project and incorporates a range of authentic input and that can be reached via internet and digital media. The intangible outcomes are enhancement of vocational language skills and working culture awareness in European construction industry and improvement of mobility of the construction labour force which will result from both the short and the long term impacts of the project.
The short term impacts of the project will be; increasing the language abilities of construction professionals/ students and; increasing their knowledge of different working cultures and practices. The long term impacts of the project in the long term will be; increasing the mobility of construction professionals, decreasing problems due to cultural and language differences in multinational construction projects; increasing the quality of vocational language training courses.
Description A web base training material(http://bmb.cu.edu.tr/evlac/evlactraining) have been developed in order to introduce different working cultures (for Turkey, Austria, Greek and Britain) with foreign vocational language training in 4 languages.
Product information A web site and Cds have been completed.(http://bmb.cu.edu.tr/evlac/evlactraining)