My name is Janos Mertz I´m from the Institut für die Förderung von Mehrsprachigkeit, interkulturellen Kompetenzen und Gleichbehandlung in Vienna / Austria. I will tell You a little bit about our institute / Let me introduce our institute. Institut für die Förderung von Mehrsprachigkeit, interkulturellen Kompetenzen und Gleichbehandlung stands for Institute for promoting multilingualism, intercultural competency and equality.
Our intitute was founded in December 2009. We are a not-for-profit association located in the 14th distict of Vienna. The institute was founded by Educationalists from pre-, primary- & secondary schools, university & adult education sectors. Our chairperson is Andrea Király, who was unfortunately not able to come here herself today, because she is attending another Comenius Meeting just 200km from here - in Kaharamanmas / Turkey.
The reason why we founded our institute is to promote Multilingualism – to develop writing and reading competences amongst migrants, intercultural competency - so that migrant especially children stay in touch with their original culture and also learn to deal with their new social environment, and Equal opportunities for woman and men.
To do this, we launch and carry out a number of activities. These include: Train the trainer seminars + workshops Language courses Training & support for migrants seeking employment Activities to promote mother-tongues and cultural heritage Lectures, social get-togethers, events Cooperation & support for scientific projects
So far we have held An international Train the trainer workshop, And published a School magazine for Hungarian School Association. At the moment we are working on a Project for developing new language training courses for migrants and Giving Intercultural activity classes in Hungarian and German and We are partners in two Grundtvig projects.
To give You more detail on these activities, let me start with the train the trainer workshop held in March this Year. The purpose of the workshop was to exchange experiences on Methods & didactics for teaching minority languages (as a mother tongue). We had 32 international participants from 5 European countries. The workshop was very successful: We developed much new teaching material and new methods. An important issue was also the financing of courses and activities through the EU,/ European Comission
At the beginning of this Year we were asked to create a schoolmagazine for the Hungarian School Association in Vienna The purpose of this magazine, which is published in Hungarian, is to prowide Information for families with Hungarian background. We are responsible for the contents, the layout and the printing. We also always ask for contributions from the children of the school, which gives them a chance to develop their writing skills and practice Hungarian. The first issue came out in March this year, and there are 4 issues per year.
In September we were asked to develope new language courses for migrants. In this project we developed the curricula for teaching German as a foreign language. The courses will be attended by migrants living in Austria.
Our intercultural activity classes: Here we conduct Language learning paired with activities to promote local and minority cultures. The activities include thematic circles, where participants can practice speaking about different topics and issues. This way they can expand their vocabulary on a variety of subjects, which is important, because at home often only domestic issues are discussed. In the activity classes we cultivate Hungarian as a mother tongue and as a foreign language as well as German as a foreign language
Currently our institute is taking part in 2 Grundtvig partnerships. The one is: The other is called …..
The Institute for promoting multilingualism, intercultural competency and equality is still very young, but besides what we are doing already, we have many plans for the future. They include an expansion by opening subsidiaries in all Austrian provinces and in future we also plan to provide grants for studies/researches related to multilingualism
I hope, I was able to give you an overview of what our institution does. If you are interested in more information, please feel free to contact our chairlady, Ms Király. You can do so at this address, telephone number or e-mail. Thank you for your attention!
Institut für die Förderung vonInstitut für die Förderung von
interkulturellen Kompetenzeninterkulturellen Kompetenzen
und Gleichbehandlungund Gleichbehandlung
Institute for promoting multilingualism,Institute for promoting multilingualism,
intercultural competency and equalityintercultural competency and equality
• Founding: December 2009Founding: December 2009
• Vienna, 14th districtVienna, 14th district
• Not-for-profit organizationNot-for-profit organization
• Educationalists from different sectorsEducationalists from different sectors
• (pre-, primary- & secondary school, university &(pre-, primary- & secondary school, university &
adult education)adult education)
• Chairperson: Andrea KirályChairperson: Andrea Király
• Train the trainer seminars + workshopsTrain the trainer seminars + workshops
• Language coursesLanguage courses
• Training & support for migrants seekingTraining & support for migrants seeking
• Activities to promote mother-tongue andActivities to promote mother-tongue and
cultural heritagecultural heritage
• Lectures, social get-togethers, eventsLectures, social get-togethers, events
• Cooperation & support for scientific projectsCooperation & support for scientific projects
• Train the trainer workshopTrain the trainer workshop
• School magazine for Hungarian SchoolSchool magazine for Hungarian School
• Project for developing new language trainingProject for developing new language training
courses for migrantscourses for migrants
• Intercultural activity classes (Hungarian,Intercultural activity classes (Hungarian,
• Grundtvig projectsGrundtvig projects
Train the Trainer WorkshopTrain the Trainer Workshop
• Methods & didactics for teaching minorityMethods & didactics for teaching minority
languages (as a mother tongue)languages (as a mother tongue)
• March 2010March 2010
• 32 international participants32 international participants
• 5 European countries5 European countries
• new teaching material and methodsnew teaching material and methods
• Course fundingCourse funding
School MagazineSchool Magazine
• For the Hungarian School Association in ViennaFor the Hungarian School Association in Vienna
• Information for families with HungarianInformation for families with Hungarian
• Editing, Layout, PrintingEditing, Layout, Printing
• Medium for children to develop their writingMedium for children to develop their writing
• 4 issues per year4 issues per year
Training Courses for MigrantsTraining Courses for Migrants
• Development of new coursesDevelopment of new courses
• Curricula for language trainingCurricula for language training
• German as a foreign languageGerman as a foreign language
• Target group: migrants living in AustriaTarget group: migrants living in Austria
Intercultural activity classesIntercultural activity classes
• Language learning paired with activities toLanguage learning paired with activities to
promote local and minority culturespromote local and minority cultures
• Hungarian as mother tongue and foreign languageHungarian as mother tongue and foreign language
• German as a foreign languageGerman as a foreign language
Grundtvig PartnershipsGrundtvig Partnerships
• Voice of the Learner as Real EnablementVoice of the Learner as Real Enablement
• Partners: UK, ATPartners: UK, AT
• No more tearsNo more tears
• Partners: TR, AT, ES, ROPartners: TR, AT, ES, RO
Future PlansFuture Plans
• Opening of subsidiaries in all Austrian provincesOpening of subsidiaries in all Austrian provinces
• Providing of grants for studies/research relatedProviding of grants for studies/research related
to multilingualismto multilingualism
Thank you for your attention!Thank you for your attention!
Contact details:Contact details:
Institut für die Förderung von
Kompetenzen und Gleichbehandlung