Innovative Integration project launched
Soap operas and other cultural references are to be used as part of a new European initiative co-founded by the University of Wolverhampton.
The 'Languages in Media' (LiMe) project aims to support adult migrant learners by providing them with interactive tools to decode language and culture as portrayed in various types of media.
To achieve this goal the initiative intends to create an interactive web portal with online tools and resources for all to access, as well as offering local training within each partner country.
The project is a Key Activity 2 Multilateral Project from the European Commission and forms part of their Lifelong Learning Programme.
The consortium which has come together to create LiMe includes representatives from Germany, Poland, Italian and Spain, and its next meeting will take place in the United Kingdom on 13 and 14 June.
Angela Molinari, Head of Language Networks for Excellence at the University of Wolverhampton, said: "This project tackles the teaching and learning of languages and culture whereby a clear understanding of both would serve to integrate people more effectively and allow them to feel part of their local community.
"Although cultural analysis is often included within language courses, the integration of migrant learners can be enhanced through the use of media as a source for cultural and linguistic skill training.
"The University enjoys an excellent working relationship with the lead partner of this project, VHS (Volkshochschule im Landkreis Cham e.V.), and we are delighted to be working alongside them once again on this innovative enterprise."