ShowMi: Helping migrants to show the value of their language to others
The Grundtvig project, ShowMi: Helping migrants to show the value of their language to others ended in October 2011. The project, which brought together partners from seven European countries, has achieved its aims; to enable the language skills of migrants become more visible and more effectively used in education and in the labour market and to improve the perception and status of migrants within the host country by raising awareness of their linguistic competence.
Specifically, the project has achieved the following;
- Produced the following tools in 18 languages to enable migrants to demonstrate the range and value of their language skills; the Language Explorer, the Language Explorer Passport, a Guide for teachers, counsellors and advisers, and migrant flyers
- Undertaken multiplier training in the use of the tools in all partner countries
- Piloted the materials with migrants in all partner countries
- Disseminated the project and its achievement widely, including through a project website, project conference held in June 2011 in Chorley, UK, a project flyer, liaison with other organisations with in partner countries, information on partner newsletters and websites, and input to international conferences
Although the project is now finished, the website will remain live, and partners will continue to use the tools in their own organisations and publicise and disseminate the outcomes and product within their countries and across Europe.
ShowMI Conference, Chorley UK , June 2011
The Conference for the project, ShowMi: Helping migrants to show the value of their language to others took place at Lancashire College, Chorley, UK on 18 and 19 June 2011. Lancashire College is a centre of Lancashire Adult Learning, one of the seven partner organisations participating in the project.
The conference opened with a well-received keynote speech from Arvind Bhatt on multilingual communication and social identification and there was further interesting input from other speakers on European policies for promoting plurilingualism and on recognising local community languages. Participants aware also provided with an overview of the aims and the achievements of the project and had the opportunity to use the materials and tools produced.
Feedback form the conference was positive and participants left with a thorough understanding of the key issues relevant to the themes of the project and with the knowledge and skills to use the Show Mi tools.
Here you will find the materials of the conference