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    • Workshop – 5 October 2010 „Second language training programmes: a basic requirement for integration“ Foster communication and Language Skills from an Integrative Perspective by Simone Urben
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    • ECAP Foundation
      • Brief profile:
      • Charitable, not-profit provider of adult education in Switzerland
      • Founded in 1970 by the Italian trade union CGIL
      • 9 regional offices throughout Switzerland
      • 34,369 people signed up for courses in 2009
    • ECAP Foundation
      • Main activities
      • Broad range of educational, advisory and integration services:
        • German courses
        • Integration courses for new arrivals
        • Vocational training and catch-up courses
        • Employability promoting schemes on behalf of job centres
        • Courses in computing skills
        • Courses in the native language and culture in Italian
        • Development of new projects and courses
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    • Objectives of this paper
      • Part 1
      • The principles of Swiss Integration policy and current trends
      • Integration agreements – a measure requiring immigrants to attend language courses
      • Part 2
      • Integration promotion of language skills: courses offered by ECAP
      • Integration course with information modules
      • German for an elusive target group: courses for cleaners
    • Swiss integration policy (1)
      • Resident population (2009): 7,785,800
      • Non-Swiss-Population: 1,714,000 (22%)
      • Swiss Foreign Nationals Act (AuG) and Integration Ordinance (VintA)
        • Definition of Integration as a dynamic process in which both foreign nationals and Swiss themselves are involved
        • Objective: participation in the life of society and equal opportunities at work and in professional life
      • Language skills as one integration factor amongst others, but in many cases linguistic integration plays a key role
    • Swiss integration policy (2)
      • Current trends
      • Restrictive tendency
      • Shift of Focus on individual integration careers
      • Degree of integration is heavily dependent on individual‘s language skills
      • „ Integration agreements“ in some cantons and the risk of having the residence permit withdrawn if the „integration career“ is not sucessful
    • Integration agreements (1)
      • Granting or extending of a resident permit can be tied to conditions (attendance of language or integration courses)
      • The cantons can make an undertaking to attend such a course part of an integration agreement with the foreign national
      • Since 2008 the canton of Basel-Stadt has concluded 559 integration agreements with immigrants who
          • are not in a position to take care of matters relating to every day life
          • are „inadequately“ integrated
          • need specific forms of support
    • Integration agreements (2)
      • ECAP Foundation is very sceptical and critical of the integration agreement as a tool because it
        • targets only so called „post-integration“
        • is used only for people who do not come from an EU member State
        • in our experience is often used to bring great pressure to bear
        • is in any case prone to abuse
      • We are firmly convinced that to be successful, learning has to take place in a supportive climate of mutual esteem, free from any pressure.
    • Integrative promotion of language skills: courses offered by ECAP
      • Integration course with information modules
      • 13 weeks / 180 lessons
      • Courses for new arrivals
      • Level A1
      • Involvement of mediators
      • Information modules on „living in Switzerland“ and „professional orientation“
      • Objectives
        • Elementary command of German to function in everyday life
        • Knowledge about public services in Switzerland and how to seek information and advice
        • Ability to plan first steps torwards integration in the world of work
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    • German for an elusive target group
      • Courses for cleaners
      • 13 weeks / 52 lessons
      • 2x2 lessons per week
        • in the morning or
        • in the afternoon or
        • in the evening
      • Levels A1-B1
      • CHF 100.-
      • Objectives
        • Improvement of communication at the workplace and in everyday life
        • Acquisition of sociolinguistic skills and sociocultural understanding
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