PluriMobil aims to contribute to plurilingual and intercultural education, a long-term vision developed by the Council of Europe that supports and facilitates lifelong language and intercultural learning as well as the personal growth of all European citizens. In this era of globalisation and computer-mediated communication, participating in mobility programmes such as school exchanges, study visits and networking activities is gaining in popularity, and many institutions develop diverse initiatives to encourage mobility at regional, European and international level. Mobility programmes are indeed promoted as unique opportunities for building language competence and strengthening intercultural understanding.
However they do not automatically result in better intercultural or linguistic skills. This is why, irrespective of their length and form, every mobility project or activity needs to be carefully planned. Even though many institutions put a lot of effort into increasing the number of students taking part in mobility activities, they often forget to establish clear learning outcomes that the participants should achieve by the end of the intercultural encounter.
Therefore, to maximise the learning potential of mobility programmes and activities, all institutions involved are advised to establish coherent learning objectives and provide support for the participant throughout the entire experience: before i.e. at the preparatory stage, during the mobility activity itself and afterwards.
Teachers, teacher trainers, international officers and other stakeholders who wish to support learning mobility of students attending:
- primary school
- lower secondary school
- general upper secondary school
- vocational upper secondary school
- initial teacher education
Results and benefits
Teachers, teacher trainers, international officers or other stakeholders should be able
- to use the resources of PluriMobil (handbook, quick start guide, lesson plans) and tools of the Council of Europe such as the European Language Portfolio or the Autobiography of Intercultural Encounters for preparing and accompanying the mobility activity;
- to identify objectives and set clear goals in the domains of plurilingual and language learning, autonomous learning, intercultural learning, and the development of soft skills to plan the mobility project as a whole, based on the idea of the learning scenario (before, during, and after);
- to encourage the elaboration and presentation of mobility portfolios.
Longer-term benefit for the target group
- hands on and ready-made pedagogical instruments are made available to provide focused support during the whole mobility activity;
- clear learning outcomes that the participants should achieve, are established by all stakeholders involved (sending and hosting institution).
Longer-term benefit for the member state
- plurilingual and intercultural education in mobility is promoted from primary school to teacher training (convergence between educational levels);
- the need for careful planning and supporting of the mobility process is understood and widely accepted by relevant stakeholders, especially by student teachers for their future practice;
- in the case of vocational students, employability is enhanced.