Title Second-language Competency for Technicians in Industry (Lang2Tech)
Project Number UK/11/LLP-LdV/TOI-466
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Second-language Competency for Technicians in Industry (Lang2Tech) will adapt and transfer the e-portfolio tool from the Leonardo project European Certificate of Basic Skills (EUCEBS). The project aims to establish new approaches to the learning and demonstration of competence in a second European language and foster greater mobility in Europe of skilled technicians. Europe-wide Lang2Tech Certification will be developed based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
The project recently presented at 5th International Conference on ICT for Language Learning, Florence, 15-16 November 2012. The slides can be viewed at: http://bit.ly/TrLcIg
There is strong evidence that the supply of skilled technicians in Europe does not match the locations of demand for such workers. The most significant constraint on these technicians’ occupational mobility is absence of second-language competency. This derives from lack of opportunity or incentive for language-learning in technicians' education, training and work socialisation. That is the chief problem Lang2Tech addresses.
Our consortium of partners includes language-teaching units at two universities, a national agent for Leonardo Mobility placements, an association of researchers specialising in European integration, a consultant on employee competences in industry, bio-medical research facility employing skilled laboratory technicians, the Scottish Lifelong Learning Directorate, and a national trades union. The consortium has tested innovative methods in supporting and validating second-language competence development in five languages. The partners have been active in promoting Lang2Tech and are seeking to license other organisations to award Lang2Tech Certification; the Lang2Tech lead partner, the project consortium is establishing a steering group to set up a European Foundation for the Promotion of Technician Language Learning and Mobility.
Description During the project lifetime we have analysed the content and outcomes of existing language-learning programmes in the partner countries (the UK, Italy, Spain, Lithuania and Germany) to determine where technicians' second-language needs are not catered for. We have developed, based on the results, a Lang2Tech Tutor's Manual, a Tutor's and Assessor's Training Book and a Language Learner's Handbook which will support technicians to evidence their second-language competency in their Lang2Tech e-portfolios. The pilot test of our products was with skilled technicians already trained and qualified in their own disciplines to EQF Levels 3-6, in five countries with five languages (Italian, Spanish, German, Russian and English). We used a blend of formal teaching and supported individual non-formal and informal learning in the workplace, and used outcomes-based assessment to provide our new Lang2Tech Certification across the six levels of the CEFR. We established a robust protocol for cross-moderation, between countries, of e-portfolio evidence of language competence, and through this, established a European standard. A sustainability development plan has been developed and a Steering Group of project partners has been established to consider the viability of a Foundation to promote Lang2Tech Certification for the exploitation of the project products.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
program or curricula
transparency and certification
Product information Lang2Tech's key products include 1) an analytical report on second-language teaching methodologies and materials used for skilled technicians and a checklist of core elements necessary to courses specifically for technician second-language learners: 2) the adapted EUCEBS e-portfolio tool which will become the Lang2Tech e-Portfolio tool; 3) a Tutor's Manual, Tutor's and Assessor's Training Book and Language Learner's Handbook; 4) Lang2Tech Certification; and 5) an end-of-project conference in Edinburgh held on 30 August 2013 setting Lang2Tech on course for the exploitation of all the project's results.