Company name : AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Activity sector : Administrative services and support activities
Company category : Foundation, Non-profit, NGO
Description of the action
The project is carried out under the auspices of and with the funding support ofOeuvre Nationale de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte within the MATENEEN initiative.
S5, a website/mobile phone application, helps to quickly gain survival levels of simultaneous multilingual communication competencies in the 5 most important Luxembourg languages: Luxembourgish, French, German, English and Portuguese. S5 simultaneously delivers audio and written content at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels targeting newly arrived refugees who need language self-training tools for immediate oral communication needs.
Due to the language diversity of Luxembourg, refugees need to be competent in multiple languages at the same time to work or integrate: having competences in at least one language triggers the learning of the other 4. Research shows that oral language learning for an immigrant population happens, in a first phase, through the use of “formulaic structures” or prefabs: S5 is built on that theory (Wray, 2002). S5 is a flexible tool that fits everybody's schedule and access to digital devices, allows for group learning according to affiliations and empowers the newcomers to participate.
S5, a low-cost self-learning tool to accelerate the development of simultaneous multiple communication competences at a rapid pace: (i) can be used anytime/anywhere, (ii) fits the oral and digital use practices of the participants (iii) is self-directed, context/model-organized: conversation-oriented, with content fitting several activities (pivots) (iv) builds on already-acquired competences (procedural/content dense), (v) encourages interlanguage pattern reinforcement. The project sets 5 Ss as keywords: Survival, Synergy, Self-Learning, Simultaneous, Support.
The key to ensuring effective integration between the local and the applicants or beneficiaries of international protection is the acquisition of communicative competences. By providing a tool that facilitates the rapid learning of multiple languages we support and enable the broadest degree of interactive communication acquired within the shortest possible time.
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