To participate in society, migrants must be language proficient. In learning the language of their new home country, they are often supported by local volunteers.
The VIME project has provided better understanding of the roles of these language volunteers. It now offers tools and training for improving their competences - for you to download from this website.
"Their efforts are priceless".
You are invited to study and download the documents below.
Please feel free to use them to further the effectiveness of language volunteers in your community.
For more information or possible cooperation, you can contact the VIME project partners HERE.
The VIME model identifies three distinct domains in which language learning by migrants can be facilitated. The three domains should be seen as having ‘fuzzy’ boundaries with overlap between them in the work of particular organizations.
For language volunteers, the VIME model describes four distinct roles within these domains:
THE VIME MODEL
THE VIME FRAMEWORK
As a coordinator, you can use these selection tools to match language volunteers to specific roles - and also to exclude them from carrying out roles they are not suitable for.
Furthermore you can use these tools to match language volunteers to learners.
to the selection tools
With these training modules for language volunteers, you can support them in carrying out their specific roles and acquiring the appropriate skills regarding their volunteer work with migrants who need to learn a second language. At the end of the training course, your language volunteers have a clear picture of:
You can hand out the certificate after a volunteer has completed the training.
to the training modules
Training module 1
How a language is learned
Training module 2
Working 1-on-1 and in groups
Training module 3
The bigger picture
This guide outlines what policy makers can do to improve the quality and effectiveness of migrant language education. Because, to meet the demand for migrant language education, there is a need for greater numbers of trained educators. And language volunteers are more and more important in meeting this demand in cooperation with professional educators.
GUIDE FOR POLICY MAKERS
As a second language teacher you lay the foundation for learners to be able to communicate and gain confidence to function in society. How they practice their newly acquired language skills outside the classroom is crucial to their progress. Volunteers can play an important and supportive part in helping learners practice.
This guide provides language professionals insights on the roles language volunteers can play, their duties and the reciprocity between professionals and volunteers.
GUIDE FOR TEACHERS
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