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The project “IRENE – Increase the empowerment of adults and migrants with specific learning disorders” uses virtual technologies and realities to try help adults learn a foreign language. Partners from seven European countries (Austria, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands and Spain) collaborated to develop and test an innovative methodology and create an E-learning multilingual interactive platform at a transnational level.

The project aimed to:

- support and enhance the learning of different European languages as well as cultures with specific tools to improve the learning of people with special needs.

- promote European linguistic and cultural diversity.

- provide the chance for self-study.

- equip the users better for the labour market through an increased level of language and cultural knowledge and digital skills.

Year(s): From 01/09/2018 to 31/12/2021

Target group(s): Teachers of adult learners with disabilities and adults in general – both European citizens, either in jobs, unemployed, NEETS, and migrants and refugees with special NEEDS like learning disorders, dyslexia or any other special educational needs

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The project was developed accordingly to the following phases:

1) Research about a European methodology and strategy for special educational needs in adult education

2) Curriculum Design

3) Technical Development and Implementation

4) Training for teachers of adult learners

5) Evaluation of the platform

6) Quality Assurance and Evaluation Plan

7) Dissemination plan

8) Multiplier events - A final Conference

Type of product

Paper-based material Online resource Video clips / Films Course / Training

Brief description of the outcomes

The IRENE project intends to fill the knowledge gaps through the production of three main outputs:

– Comparative research of existing teaching methodologies in the partner countries.

– Didactic approach introducing a model to develop learning content and guidelines.

– E-learning platform offering playful and stimulating modes for language learning. The platform is structured in four separate sections: pronunciation, study, exploration and learning together.

Impact on target groups / Transferability potential

The project’s cohort are adults between 18 and 35 years old who experience learning difficulties and are therefore discouraged to learn a foreign language and teachers of adult learners with disabilities. The project developed and tested an innovative methodology and created an E-learning multilingual interactive platform, so the impact on all target groups is very high.

The transferability of the practice is high due that it is based on the collaboration of seven European organisations from Austria, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands and Spain, in the framework of the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union.

Promoter of the initiative: ENAIP Piemonte

Country: Austria Denmark Greece Ireland Italy Netherlands Spain

Languages available: Danish Dutch English Greek Italian Spanish German

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