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E-LOCAL: Electronically Learning Other Cultures And Languages

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E-LOCAL (Electronically Learning Other Cultures And Languages) is a project funded under the LLP KA2 Languages which executes the EU language policy based on the principle of fostering language diversity, promoting multilingualism and encouraging the acquisition of less common languages. In 2012 E-LOCAL was awarded the European Language Label.

E-LOCAL promotes multilingualism by developing original learning tools and materials for 6 languages: Dutch, Finnish, Hungarian, Italian, Polish and Portuguese. This objective will be achieved through an innovative methodology in which the acquisition of linguistic skills combines with the attendant acquisition of cultural competence and the combined use of local and vehicular language (English) makes it possible to introduce cultural contents.

E-LOCAL courses offer therefore a precious instrument developed with the aim of preparing students for a mobility period abroad. This is reflected in the thematic structure, formed by topics congenial to young people’s interests, as well as in the plot of the courses, where the main characters are two Erasmus students.

The courses are built around the adventures of Anna and Alex, who arrive in one of the six E-LOCAL countries (according to the chosen language) and who initially do not master the local language. Through the use of English as a vehicular language, Anna and Alex – just like the students who will be taking the E-LOCAL courses – rapidly learn the language and also get in touch with many aspects of the local culture and daily life.

The courses are now available on the platform e-localcourses.eu and are used in the institutions belonging to the E-LOCAL consortium, but the purpose for the future is to expand considerably the user base and to explore new ways of exploitation, especially tutor-assisted.

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