Akademie 2. Lebenshälfte im Land Brandenburg e.V.
The percentage of older citizens is proportionally growing and will play an even greater role within Europe in the future. Thus it is not only necessary but crucial for Europe to support and nourish the international exchange and reconciliation of this age group. Joint Venture 65+ - a joint English language course for seniors in Poland and Germany will do just that: bring people(s) together by means of a foreign language and thereby enable and preserve social participation.
Germany and Poland
The demographic change within the European community and the growing need for support and mobilization of the elderly ask for new ways and ideas to combat social isolation. "Joint Venture 65+” strives to attend to these needs and offers the older generation new opportunities to learn and engage in Europe.
It would be a great success, if both participating groups were to continuously improve their English skills by communicating with each other beyond the duration of the course. In addition it would be wonderful if friendships and a vivid – also independent - exchange between the participants could be established and if this would keep this generation fitter and more included in our European society.
The English language course for seniors is taught simultaneously in Germany and Poland. Participants in both countries participate in a regular English course (4x45 min/week) conveying the four language skills along with the necessary lexical and grammatical components. In two additional units per week, participants put the newly acquired structures to work by communicating with the cooperating course abroad. Besides direct communication in video conferences, the groups exchange completed projects (such as letters, or self-made short films of home towns, or special customs and habits). Thereby both groups get to know each other and the city/country of the partner course. The course is scheduled for two semesters. At the end of each semester the groups take turns to visit each other.
"Joint Venture 65+" is for older citizens (age 65+) in Poland and Germany. Ideally the project it is to be expanded to include other country-pairs (e.g. D-S, D-CS, D-H etc.) and other course languages (e.g. French, Russian, Swedish etc.).
"Joint Venture 65+ " addresses an age group that is still too often neglected by governments and societies - the group of senior citizens (65+).
In addition it supports continuous learning and strives to keep seniors active and agile via a new concept that enables a combination of simultaneous language learning and social interaction among people in two different countries.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
2 Teachers - 12.000 EUR Administration - 1.000 EUR Project-coordination - 5.000 EUR Respective travel costs - 5.000 EUR PR - 2.000 EUR Office material (incl. phone + internet) - 1.000 EUR Rent (pro rata) - 3.000 EUR 4 Cameras (for projects) - 2.000 EUR 2 Beamers (for video conferences) - 1.000 EUR 2 PCs (for video conferences and student usage) - 1.200 EUR Documentation - 500 EUR