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Prasentation urbendef2

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